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Molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stacibful, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. stacibful

    stacibful Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 White Wyandotte hens that are apart of my flock of 19 chickens. They are a year and 5 months old. In the last few months we've only been getting 4-6 eggs a week compared to our normal dozen or two. These 5 started looking very dull, dirty even, and weren't as perky. No one seems sick at all. This past weekend I noticed new bright white feathers are coming in and some have bald patches right above their tails. Could this be molting?
     
  2. Ameraucanas

    Ameraucanas Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Yep, sounds like molting. 18ish months is the prime age, so your ladies are just a bit ahead of the curve.
     
  4. Chickenmanjim7

    Chickenmanjim7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    right now all my older ladies. about 16 months old are starting to molt.
     

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