molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rotzilla, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. rotzilla

    rotzilla Out Of The Brooder

    Do chickens molt in the middle of winter? i have a couple of birds that are looking a little ratty. i wouldnt of thought thay would molt in the cold...
     
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    It is really important that the flock has water at all times. Chickens don't drink alot at one time, but do drink often. If they have frozen water and not able to drink, you could be causing a molt. I would make sure there is plenty of fresh water at all times. I would make sure that there is good and dry housing to make it through a winter molt.

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  3. hb

    hb Out Of The Brooder

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    My two girls are molting, too, and I find this curious behavior as well.
     
  4. lakecountychick

    lakecountychick Out Of The Brooder

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    :rolleyes:One of my four girls is molting It's been a month now, no eggs from her. The other three are fine so far. If they start to molt ; I hope the other one is finished or I won't be getting any eggs for weeks and weeks. Should I be giving her a supplement during this time of awkwardness and grouchiness? Micaela
     
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, a handful of dry cat food will help with replacing the feather alot faster. I would do this daily til featherd out again.

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