Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sky.hawk51, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. sky.hawk51

    sky.hawk51 Hatching

    Nov 8, 2009
    Berks Co. PA.
    I have two Buff orphington hens that have not molted in almost two years. They have both fadded to a dull orange but that is it . One of the girls went broody and hatched five chicks she was a great mother. So when will they lose there feathers?
  2. mychookschick

    mychookschick Songster

    Aug 28, 2009
    Are you SURE that they just don't grow new feathers first then lose the old one that are on top?

    That is what my Buff Orps seem to do...
  3. they dont lose them all at is gradual.i dont know the exact order but the last ones mine grew back were head and neck feathers.
  4. HorizonSon

    HorizonSon Songster

    Oct 5, 2010
    Pacific NW
    I have seen chickens molt hard and fast: nekkid things look miserable. I would be inclined to not brood any of their eggs as this drastically would decrease their survival rate where and how our chickens live... Our current chickens have slooowly been molting for several weeks now.

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