1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

Molting????? I think????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dandydoodle, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Songster

    Sep 21, 2010
    OKay my girls are about a year and 3 months. They have all quit laying about a month ago except one chicken. I have been seeing feathers everywhere. I don't see bald spots like the pictures of everyone elses molting birds. Seems like recently the amount of feathers on the ground are getting less. Is it possible for them to molt with out getting bald spots. Would the fact I am not seeing as many feathers mean they are about to stop molting or is the fact I am not seeing bald spots mean they are slow molters. If they are slow molters is there anything that could be done to speed things along?

    Michelle [​IMG]

  2. BetterHensandGardens

    BetterHensandGardens Songster

    Feb 28, 2010
    Clinton, OH
    It sounds like your birds may be slow molters, birds can either molt by dropping feathers in groups or they can drop them one at a time. Obviously, for egg production, you'd rather have them drop their feathers quickly so they get back in egg production. I just wrote a little bit about that on my blog if you're interested (http://www.betterhensandgardens.com/2011/11/09/molting-chickens/) but I don't know any way to make a slow molter become a fast molter.
  3. dragonlair

    dragonlair Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    My flock is about 1/2 and 1/2. Some drop a bunch of feathers at once, others go the slow and steady route.
  4. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Songster

    Sep 21, 2010
    I am definitely interested, I will check it out.



BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by