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Molting twice in one season?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by texsuze, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. texsuze

    texsuze Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my 6-yr old black australorps had a good molt back at the end of August. By October she was back to squatting for me and laying a few eggs a week (her usual). Now, in late Nov. she is blowing off feathers like a pillow fight. Every time she shakes, she dumps feathers, which seem to come from underneath the more external feathers. No large wing feathers or neck (cape?) feathers have come out this time around. Yet. She has stopped squatting and laying.

    I'm 99.999% certain this is not external parasites, too. I'm not seeing creepy crawlies and coops were cleaned out this month; coops plus girls were treated with Elector PSP. My other 5 girls seem to have completed their molts at this point, but who knows who will kick in another session!

    Is it typical for molts to be multi-stage like this, with egg-laying resuming in between 'sessions'? Anyone had similar experience with their girls? How old were yours when this happened?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    A lot of things can make a molt happen so it isn't impossible.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I have seen it several times now. Hens doing so are usually 2 or more years. Whatever is going on is not normal and it does not appear to be parasite induced. Feathers between the molts appear darker. My hens running loose do not do it. Some hens penned do. Those doing it tend to be in lay and may even be broody.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Curious.... when the E PSP was applied in relation to molts?
    Just a thought.... as it's something different new?

    Never seen that happen here, but I don't keep my birds past 3y.
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    What does E PSP mean?
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  7. aldarita

    aldarita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Elector PSP is 44% Spinosad use to kill mites
     
  8. texsuze

    texsuze Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Elector PSP was applied about 10-12 days prior to my hen beginning this "second molt". My remaining 5 hens are not molting. No one is having any problems that I can see right now. It still looks like just a brand new molt, but I won't be re-treating hens with anything for a while. Plus, I like to plan any intervention (de-worming, ectoparasite mgmt, etc) when we have several days of good weather. I'll keep a watch on my girl to see how she comes through this situation.

    Thanks for the input.
     

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