My first experience with molting

Tangeygirl

Songster
9 Years
Aug 27, 2010
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I didn't realize how pathetic the poor girls would look!!! I've done quite a bit of reading and will be treating them to scrambled eggs and tuna to up their protein! Poor girls are gonna freeze their lil booty's off! It's 30 degrees out and they have to molt now?!?!
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Marigold, losing all around her neck
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Bluebird has lost her beautiful tail feathers, is naked under her wings and belly

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This was before the molt...just a month or so ago

I'm sure it's only going to get worse. Every morning when I open the coop I'm amazed at the amount of feathers everywhere!

~Jaime
 

equinehugger3

Crowing
9 Years
Apr 14, 2010
10,563
2
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That happened to me! Mine molted for the first time this year, and when I opened the door for the first time, it seemed like there were more feathers than shavings! My little bantam black brahma looked so scrawny... I felt kinda bad too because it's so freezing here, and she's not done growing her feathers back... Your chickens are adorable though! Love them!
 

dwegg

Songster
10 Years
Nov 10, 2009
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23
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Grant Park, Atlanta, GA
I know what you mean...I have three that are motling now...I worry about them also... I didn't realize just how a molt takes so much out of the chickens..they are not themselves during it, no eggs, no talking, no socializing...they just look so miserable..
 

Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
12 Years
Feb 2, 2009
26,790
18,679
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Southeast Louisiana
I understand what you're saying, but molting is more than a way to renew their feathers. It is a way to recharge their bodies internally. Thye are better off after it is over.

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Yay Chicks!

Songster
9 Years
Apr 15, 2010
3,784
66
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Forest Grove, OR
I have two molting now as well...and they are only 8 months old. The Buff O stopped laying well over a month ago. She looks pathetic. One of my EEs just started. I agree that the timing seems really silly giving the falling temps.
 

Tangeygirl

Songster
9 Years
Aug 27, 2010
109
0
101
Quiet Corner, Connecticut
Mine are over a year old...we've had them since August. I have no idea if they've gone through a molt before.... they just look ridiculous with no tail feathers!! Glad to know we're not the only ones going through it! I feel like I need to sew them some winter coats!
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ranchhand

Rest in Peace 1956-2011
11 Years
Aug 25, 2008
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SC
I have 16 who are still molting. Might as well start a homegrown pillow factory.
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