Molting in Winter. Help!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Pilar B, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Pilar B

    Pilar B Hatching

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    My girls are 8 months old. I had read that young hens don't molt, but Hazel, my Easter Egger is molting and looks quite ragged. Its getting cold here, below freezing at night. Should I be worried? This is my first winter as a chicken mom!
    Any feedback would be appreciated.
     
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    They should huddle together and get warm. If you think they're cold you could always add some more bedding, bring them in a warmer shelter, or use some source of heating. I was worried about mine too the first year.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

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    They will be fine - she will snuggle up to the others for warmth.
     
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  4. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Crowing

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    They'll be alright like Willowbranchfarm and Happychooks said. It's what they did in the wild..
     
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