Molting behavior


Jun 5, 2019

This is my chickens' first adult molt, and as much as I have researched, I don't know much about how they ACT during the molt. They are experiencing a soft molt and thank goodness, the damage from the rooster is finally starting to get better. However, they have all, except for one (not the roosters favorite, so not a lot of mating feather loss) been acting strange and so am wondering if it's a side effect of the molt, or if they are ill.

They used to be all attached at the hip and now some are spending time alone, kind of isolating themselves, during part of the day. They would be just laying down by themselves, and not being as social. No physical signs of illness, just them hanging around by themselves. Eating, drinking, and pooping and eagerness for treats has not changed. Actually, no, I think they are eating less of their main food, which I read was normal.

I did add 2 new girls recently, so that is why I am asking. I am hoping it's the molt, not any kind of disease or illness that came with the new birds.

Thank you!!


Dec 29, 2019
Wichita, Kansas
Basically just what you listed.
They should still eat and drink, they may be a bit grumpy, and they should still respond well to you.
They should not be lethargic or sluggish.
But growing feathers is hard work, and it takes it out of them. So they may take more rests. And they won’t want to be too close to others since it’s painful.

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