Molting?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by emsevers, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. emsevers

    emsevers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first year with chickens and I'm not sure what their full cycle is yet. I've been noticing that they seem to be losing feathers around their backside. I was a little concerned that one of them had started pecking the others but now I'm wondering if they are molting. There are only 3 of them and I know they have enough space. I have my silkie inside because she just hatched out a baby chick so I didn't want her out in the cold and I've been noticing that she's lost a few feathers as well. They are all around the same age. So what do you think?
     
  2. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    You do not say the age of your chicks. Usually around 9 months they have a mini molt then around 18 months a full blown one. I'd check for mites , lice etc. around the vents. They love that spot. hope this helps Jean
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    How old are your birds?
     
  4. emsevers

    emsevers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not exactly sure. They are Red sex-links and I got them in August and they started laying at the end of that month. So I'm not sure at what age they when they start laying. So I would say from the age they are supposed to be laying plus 4 months.

    The feathers that are missing are on the lower back and now it looks like on their chest. I tried to look for mites or ticks or anything like that and I couldn't see anything. It's still pretty fluffy underneath. It's been really rainy so I went and cleaned out their run and everything. I was trying to get the dampness out because I was afraid that could be causing it.

    My Silkie has been inside for the past 2 weeks and she's losing feathers as well so that's what made me think of molting. They're all the same age whatever age that may be and I don't think that she'd be affected by something if she's been inside for the past 2 weeks. I really don't know.

    By the way, when it's raining is it normal for them to want to be out in the rain. I would think that they'd go under the covered area but they don't seem to care. They look like drowned rats.
     

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