Nine months old and molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BethieofVA, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have noticed a few feathers here and there, but just now I see bare spots around her eyes and top of her head. She is a nine month old RIR. I know the days are short, but she has not given me an egg for about three days now. Also, I see downy looking feathers or tufts over her wings and body. Does this sound like a molt in the making to you?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
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    Could be a molt. I've learned from the old-timers that any chicken can molt at any time. They are not on any kind of schedule.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    They can molt as early as 7 months old. I've got several Araucanas and Ameraucanas who are from 7-9 months old in molt right now.
     
  4. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is very possible. Got a pic?
     
  5. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks everyone! I will get a pic tomorrow.
     
  6. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I also had an Ameraucana that went into molt at a young age. It lasted 4 months. None of my other breeds had gone into molt with her. It was just her.
     
  7. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe she is having a mini molt. LOL!! I just went down to clean and check her out. She shows no signs of mites, lice, etc... I only have seven chickens and use DE generously. She laid an egg today, but seems grumpy and will not squat for me. I did see reach out and pluck a soft vent feather and eat it from one other chickens, who didn't even flinch! I still need to get a pic.
     

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