Moulting?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by SassyKat6181, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kept the guineas in today as the weather was really rainy and calling for thunderstorms. Went to water and lock up and I swear there were enough feathers spread around the coop to make up an entire bird. I did a head count 3 times to make sure! [​IMG] They are only 6 months, is it a usual moulting time?
     
  2. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if it is molting. Mine are 5 months and I see feathers all over all the time. I am anxious to see the answer.
     
  3. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are usually out free ranging, and they go all over....so I usually don't see any feathers. But I swear I could make a decent pillow with the amount of feathers in the coop from them being in just one day.
     
  4. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Guineas moult in the fall, which is the norm for all of my full grown birds (and my Hens stop laying when they moult).

    I have tons of light colored Guineas, so it looks like it snowed here, inside and out, lol.
     
  5. patti'speeps

    patti'speeps Out Of The Brooder

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    My Guineas are molting now as well. There outside pen looks like one of them exploded there are so many feathers, lol. I thought something got in and shredded one when I first saw all the feathers. It would take a pretty gutsy racoon to take on one of my Jumbo Guineas, lol.
     
  6. leonphelps

    leonphelps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it would make sense that the birds moult to grow thicker feathers for the winter.
     

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