Molting Twice?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickensforkids, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. chickensforkids

    chickensforkids Out Of The Brooder

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    The beginning of September my Light Brahma molted like crazy, and her feathers were falling out in clumps. Since then her feathers have all grown back in again. Tonight I went out to put the girls to bed, and her feathers were all falling out again as if she was beginning another molt.

    We do have a mite issue that I'm addressing tomorrow, so I'm guessing it could be related, or could it be possible that for some reason she's molting again? Thoughts?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    If you know you have mites, that's likely the cause. I hope you get it taken care of before she needs those things this winter.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I have been seeing this molting pattern with many my game hens for several years, especially those that are heavy layers. I do not think it is mite related, The feathers not kept long seem darker. On male side my games have eclipse molt which is of longer duration and those feathers are darker and otherwise less showy. Possibly related?
     
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  4. chickensforkids

    chickensforkids Out Of The Brooder

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    Possibly, she does have mites (I treated her and all the others for them this morning), but some of her feathers that haven't been effected my the mites are falling out. It seems to be in the same way that she molted before.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    This year is the first time I have seen birds that have appeared to fully molt in September are now molting again. It is odd, and I was curious if anyone else was also seeing it.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Hope it's not catching....last year common molting oddity seemed to be full molt on birds under a year old.
     
  7. chickensforkids

    chickensforkids Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree, it's getting cold and I have a few birds that haven't even started their first molt yet!
     

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