Molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rebbetzin, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    I was under the impression, that chickens would lose lots of feathers when they molt. mine seem to only be losing feathers on their heads, and chests. They are still laying, at least every other day. With our heat, this is a good time to have less feathers I suppose.
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    They may be going through a mini molt, and not a hard molt. Mini molts are sometimes barely noticeable, whereas a hard molt is unmistakable. The first time you see a bird going through a hard molt you will say to yourself, "Ohhh... so that's what a hard molt looks like. Wow. That bird looks terrible."

    I had a bird last summer drop all her feathers practically overnight. It was truly impressive. I had never seen it happen so dramatically before. The other birds in the flock of the same age all went through some kind of molt, but none so obvious and spectacular as her. She was completely bald except for about 5 feathers. Then she looked like a pin cushion for quite a while with all her new quills growing in. She went back to her beautiful self eventually, but I will never forget how ridiculous she looked for about a month.
     
  3. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Quote:CMV, I like your descriptions - mini-molt vs hard molt.
     
  4. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    Yikes, so I can look forward to naked chickens some day?
     

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