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Moulting in dead of Winter...what the???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Brian, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. Brian

    Brian Songster

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    It is now late January, and half of my flock are recovering from their moult. It makes zero biological sense to me to moult during the worst possible time. All my birds are healthy, uncrowded, free-range, draft-protected, etc. Any guesses?
     
  2. CARS

    CARS Songster

    I've wondered the same thing. All other creatures are adding fur and fat... but not chickens. No, those crazy critters are shedding!
     
  3. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

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    Haha I know. I noticed yesterday all of mine are just now starting to moult. They look awful!
     
  4. Brian

    Brian Songster

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    This is just so baffling to me. Makes absolutely NO SENSE!
     
  5. KYBOY

    KYBOY Songster

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    Ive got a poor ol' B.O that is as bald as a side of ham right now. Ive never had one moult this late before.[​IMG]
     
  6. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    I have two in moult. I think they are getting ready for spring laying perhaps? [​IMG]
     

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