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Moulting when so young?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jnine, May 15, 2010.

  1. jnine

    jnine In the Brooder

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    Hi all,

    I have a hen something along the lines of a wayandotte/sussex cross that has been laying for around three months. the weather has just started getting cooler here, down from the 30+ daytime (celcius) temps of summer (mind 20's at night), to low 20's during the day and around 10 deg at night. I have four other hens, one is laying but has slowed down, and two that are point of lay. The white one is the only one moulting - is it normal for them to moult so young and so soon into starting laying?? She has been a good layer since she started as well. She is still acting normally and eating well.

    Here is a photo of her, she only has two tail feathers left - the rest are in the floor of the coop, along with a large mound of white feathers!

    Before moult (she always had a messy tail as she was pecked at by other chooks before I got her
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    Now
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    Last edited: May 15, 2010
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    There are several changes of plumage in their first year. It's not THE molt, but it is A molt, a mini-molt if you will.
     
  3. jnine

    jnine In the Brooder

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    thanks for your advice speckledhen, she is quite funny looking - right now she has a wing feather poking out at a 90 deg angle! Here's hoping her tail grows back straight!
     
  4. jnine

    jnine In the Brooder

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    Here are some photos I took today - she has lost alot more feathers as you can see... and is quite cranky (more than usual!)

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