Moulting???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sred98, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. sred98

    sred98 Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    Oklahoma
    I think my Dark Cornish is going through her first moult. At least I hope it is! [​IMG] I noticed her feathers are getting a little thin around her neck. When I had her in my lap petting her, I was getting lots of feathers off of her. Not handfuls, but 8 or 9 each time I pet her. I also haven't gotten any eggs in several days. I checked her over really well for mites or any injuries, and she looks fine.

    Does this sound like moulting behavior? She's also been a little grouchy lately, not wanting to be held, she's even pecked a little now and then. She's about 14 months old. I usually get 6 eggs a week from her.

    Shelly
     
  2. trilyn

    trilyn Songster

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    Oh, it sounds like it-hopefully someone else will come along with more knowledge! [​IMG]
     
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    From what I'd heard/read on BYC, that sounds about right. I'm hoping my adults wait until the youngsters start laying before they go into a hard molt.
     
  4. sred98

    sred98 Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    Oklahoma
    Thanks y'all, that makes me feel a little bit better. I just thought that they tended to moult either going into Fall or Spring. [​IMG] She's the only egg layer right now, so we are really missing her eggs!

    Shelly
     

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