Molting now? In November?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fmernyer, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. fmernyer

    fmernyer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my 1 year old plus amber link is molting. I'm pretty sure the red sex links are molting, too - but not as drastically. The amber link is losing feathers like crazy - it looks like they were having a pillow fight in the coop - and she's now got all these pin feathers. I'm inclined to stick with 'molting' because of the presence of the pin feathers...but I have to ask - IS she molting? She doesn't have any other appearance of illness - but it seems like a pretty bad time to molt. Its November in New England. It's pretty darn cold. Is there anything I can be doing for her?

    Thanks, as always!

    ~Dawn
     
  2. BorneHomestead

    BorneHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it is possible, and I only say that because my 14 month olds are going through a hard molt too. normally they wait until 16-18 months of age to start their annual molt but this year seems to be much colder than previous years which I think as a lot to do with it.
     
  3. fmernyer

    fmernyer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whew! Thank you!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I wonder if the late molt has anything to do with the rather warm fall weather we had?
     
  5. fmernyer

    fmernyer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good question. It was warm pretty late in the year and turned rather cold rather suddenly. That's why I'm worried for her - poor thing actually LOOKS cold - lol. I set up boxes in the run for her to get shelter from the wind...
     

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