molting mood swings?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicchick, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. chicchick

    chicchick In the Brooder

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    Hi -
    The molting has started and I've noticed that myfavorite hen who is usually friendly and comfortable has become a bit skittish and flighty. I am assuming it is because she has dropped her feathers and feels vulnerable? Anyone else notice this kind of change? [​IMG]
     

  2. Yes, my hens get "touchy" when they are moulting. I read, probably on this forum, that their skin is sensitive as the feathers grow in. Mine don't like me to pick them up or pet them during this time, so I always look forward to the time that they are beautiful and fluffy again. Be patient and they will be back to their old selves soon. [​IMG]
     
  3. GoChick

    GoChick Songster

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  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

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    Yep, 'molting mood swings' are real. You should have known me when I first started losing my hair. [​IMG]

    Yes, molting can be a very stressful situation and temperments can change during the process. As your hens feathers fill in, her temperment will return.
     

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