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Moulting Hens acting different

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by epeloquin, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three Barred Rocks and three Rhode Island Reds. The Rocks are all moulting but i have noticed that they are acting different. Normally they love to come out of their run and 'play' in the yard and garden. They scratch for bugs and worms, eat grass etc. They Rocks began moulting a few days ago and I noticed two of them, who are moulting heavier, were a little less energetic. Today when I went to let them out they stayed in the run at first, then they came out and then went right back in. They appear to be fine health wise.

    I am just wondering if anyone has ever noticed different behavior in their hens when they are moulting.
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Of course. They are quite uncomfortable and irritable during a moult. They'll feel better eventually. I guess we cannot blame them.
     
  3. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep...mine too.
     

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