Molting Question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BeulahBreezes, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. BeulahBreezes

    BeulahBreezes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My eight month old CuckooMarans are both going through a molt. Ethel'l looks differnent......she's lost the feathers on her head, but it looks like the quills have remained. Or maybe these are the new feathers??? When the other CM molted, she didn't look like this...........~Beulah
     
  2. 7&8

    7&8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Each bird molts differently. Some drop only a few feathers, some drop many; some will feather out quickly, and some seem to take forever.

    The quills you describe are new pin feathers emerging - the "porcupine stage" of the molt.

    If you search "molt" on BYC, you will find lots of info on the process, how to care for birds in molt, etc.

    You might have to knit them sweaters...
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  3. BeulahBreezes

    BeulahBreezes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your response 7/8..........! I will read up on molting at BYC!
     
  4. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree, each bird looks different on it's molt. those are just new feathers coming in.
     

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