molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenman101, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. chickenman101

    chickenman101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what is molting?
     
  2. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Losing all the old feathers and growing new ones.

    Kathy in Texas
     
  3. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once possibly twice a year chickens lose feathers. Sometimes in large amounts sometimes small. It's a natural way to replace their feathers.
     
  4. chickenman101

    chickenman101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks!! still learning
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree with the other posts. Molting is loosing feathers and growing new ones. The first real molt may not take place until the birds are around 1-1/2 yrs old. Pullets loose some downy feathers as they are growing.
     

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