Molting during the winter?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MD Chicken chic, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. MD Chicken chic

    MD Chicken chic Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2009
    I went out to the coop today, and my RIR's feathers were all over the coop. I was concerned that she might have been attacked. But, when I examined her, it appears that she is molting. It is 20 degrees outside right now with a cold wind! Do chickens molt during winter? I'm just worried that she'll freeze! If she is molting, anything I can do to speed up the process? Funny thing is that I still had an egg from her today in the nestbox.
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    She'll be fine.

    And yes, this is normal timing for a molting bird. From fall to winter is when they normally molt. I've got a ton right now in molt and plenty more to go. . . Which of course is also stopping egg production, but in the end allows for a "beauty" to pop out again.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    She'll be fine in the cold. She'll snuggle up to the others and they will keep her warm. No need to worry.
  4. craftymama86

    craftymama86 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Good timing on this question. I have one chick, at least one that I've noticed so far, that is molting.
  5. MD Chicken chic

    MD Chicken chic Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2009
    Ok, thanks, guys! I'm a newbie here, and this is my second winter with chickens. I had two molt last October, so it was warmer, and one started this October and finished up before the cold hit. So, I had never seen it happen when it was cold like it is now and did not know if that was normal.

    But, on a happier note, my Ameraucana just started laying again after going broody for most of the summer and into the fall and then molting in the fall! Yay for colorful eggs again!

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