My Dominique acts fine but is losing feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SchatzelFlock, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. SchatzelFlock

    SchatzelFlock New Egg

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    I'm a little concerned about my dominique, her name is Twilight. She is acting fine, maybe a little less social but still peppy and keeps up with the other chickens, but she is losing feathers. Could she be molting? She was born in April I think, she so is around 9 months old, is that too young to molt? Also the winter seems to be an odd time to start molting, but I'm really not sure. I've been watching them and I know the other chickens aren't picking on her. Should I be concerned or is this normal chicken behavior?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Some hens go through a mini molt at around 9 months and some do a big molt during their first winter. I wish I knew why they pick winter though. Summer would make more sense! LOL
     
  3. SchatzelFlock

    SchatzelFlock New Egg

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    Thanks for the info! I feel a lot better now, I hate to pick favorites in my flock... but lets just say this girl is the one who likes to be hand fed, be hugged, and when she was a little chick she always came to me to fall asleep on my lap.
     

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