Molting?!?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bluerosesd, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. Bluerosesd

    Bluerosesd Chirping

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    This is my fist flock of chickens and I am unsure of when things are suppose to happen. None of my chickens have bald spots yet but there are more and more feathers around the run. They are in a 15x30 run. I have 15 two being roos. They are three months old. And I am feeling starter and grower with some cracked corn mixed in a little. My question is what time of year do they molt? Could the list feathers be molt?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

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    Your birds are still going through baby molts at 3 months. They generally get their adult feathers by 5 months and won't generally go through their first adult molt until the next fall, which would be 2019 for your birds.
     
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  3. ChickenGirl555

    ChickenGirl555 Songster

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    I'm not sure about molting but I find dozens of feathers a day from my pullets either around the yard or in their cage. It might just be a regular thing, like how we lose hundreds of hairs a day but they grow back or its never enough that you don't notice.
     
  4. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    Young birds go through a series of mini molts,all normal.
     
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  5. MrsAuberry00

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    One of my girls has a bald "necklace" around her neck about an inch below her head. I was also wondering if this was normal molt or not...either way, it looks hilarious.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Nope, not the same at all.
     
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  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

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    A few of mine are plucked about the head too. It's kinda normal wear and tear. Sometimes I think they pluck their own, and sometimes others pluck them. It's amazing how some chickens go through the year pristine with not a feather out of place, and others look like they went through a paper shredder.
     

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