moulting

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by littlechickenlass, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. littlechickenlass

    littlechickenlass New Egg

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    can anyone tell me do the chickens moult this time of year? and is it mainly on the underside of their body by which I mean from the crop down towards the back between their legs , as|I have one that is bare showing her skin and withthe weather getting colder Imgetting worrid , i have checked her for red mite but she looks clean please help
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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  3. naturegrrl

    naturegrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens do molt at this time of year, and they usually replace all or most of their feathers. They typically start with the head and neck, then the breast and back, then bum and legs. The flight feathers go somewhere in the middle there. If your girl is molting, you should see tiny new pin feathers coming in (they look a bit like small porcupine quills). If you aren't seeing any new feather growth, I can think of a couple of things that might be going on: first, bird feathers grow in tracts - longitudinal lines along the body, rather than all over as fur does in mammals. So if you part the feathers, you can see bare patches sometimes (if the bird isn't very fluffy). Also, layers pull feathers out of their centerline (breast and belly) to create a brood patch. Even birds that don't go broody will have a small patch, although I'm guessing broody ladies continue the plucking process and have a much more substantial bare patch than layers who aren't inclined to brood. It's possible that what you're seeing is just a brood patch or the space between feather tracts, but my bet is on molt.
     
  4. cletus the rooster

    cletus the rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes,now is the time.as far as where it is all over but in sections.mine are most noticeable when it comes time for the head and neck.strange looking little creatures with the mohawk [​IMG]
     

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