Molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FalcoSparverius, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. FalcoSparverius

    FalcoSparverius Wants a Custom Title

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    Just wondering what the signs of molting are so that I am not taken by surprise when it happens. [​IMG]


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  2. allison finch

    allison finch Songster

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    When your coop looks like some predator has ripped all the feathers off your chickens....but they are just fine.

    Mine are molting now and I have piles of feathers in every corner.
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree just look for a lot of feathers.
     
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    They will look pretty raggedy and blotches of missing feathers.

    AL
     
  5. lalyswishytail

    lalyswishytail In the Brooder

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    I'm not sure if two of mine are molting or if something else is going on. I read about the piles of feathers, but I don't have piles. Of my five chickens, only the wyandottes are losing feathers. One lost a 3"x3" patch just at the small of her back about a month ago and she's still bald there! The other one is just starting to lose them in the same place, but no bald spots yet. They are the two biggest chickens so I don't think there is a pecking order thing going on, but the one with the bald spot is the only one that lays in the lower of two nesting boxes. They are about five months old. Is this too young to molt?
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    Quote:That isn't molting, it is feather picking, or rooster activity, or both. Go to the FAQ page and read the threads on pecking and feather picking.
     

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