molting - only hens do that?

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  1. chickengr

    chickengr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know absolutely nothing about chicken, sorry if my question is stupid. do roosters molt, as well?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    All birds molt, boys and girls. It seems to me that it's more noticeable on the hens but everyone needs to replace their feathers for winter.

    There are no stupid questions - unless perhaps it's something like does the earth revolve around the sun.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    IMO the only truly stupid question is.... 'are you lying?'
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yep. Tattered feathers don't retain warmth, so all birds molt to have fresh feathers to keep warm. (and for the hens, get ready to raise babies)
     
  5. chickengr

    chickengr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you!
     

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