OK, they are molting!!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Fierlin1182, May 20, 2012.

  1. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Our first molts - the first pair of chickens has never molted for some weird reason (even the one older one that we still have isn't molting now)
    However, it's been a totally different story for the younger hens. :p

    I was actually quite alarmed to see that an entire section of the chicken in front's skin was showing, but now that I think about it I can imagine that must be kind of normal. I've seen some worse molts on here before. :lol:

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  2. ladychicken&Ducklover

    ladychicken&Ducklover Songster

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    Hello, I was kind of wondering if you have a rooster by any chance?
    Reason being, Your hen's back looks just like mine due to the rooster performing his manly duties..lol[​IMG]

    Just a little thought..im probably incorrect..
     
  3. Fierlin1182

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    :lol: Hey, I don't have a rooster, but interesting thought! I wonder if she got her feathers caught somewhere? o-o
     
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  4. ladychicken&Ducklover

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    Quite possible. Some kind of fencing maybe?
     
  5. Fierlin1182

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    I don't know, it's happened before but then that chicken only lost a couple of tail feathers. :idunno
    I'm just assuming this is a really bad molt. The chicken is fine, it's got plenty of energy :p
     
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  6. KaitlynChick55

    KaitlynChick55 In the Brooder

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    My 4-yr old hen went through a really bad molt once, it lasted almost a full year. her entire neck had no feathers, along with her back! She was quite a sight.
     
  7. Fierlin1182

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    :lau
    I just went out today to look at the chickens and I thought this one had mud on her back. A closer look revealed it was only the feathers growing back. :p

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