Older Rhode Island Hen Molting in below zero

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MissSilkie, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. MissSilkie

    MissSilkie Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 28, 2014
    Hi! I have a rhode island red who is about 3-4 years old, very healthy, happy, no signs of sickness, and loves to run around, be outside, and get attention. But.... she's molting.....and the usual temperature is 30 or below (F). And at night, even colder. She's losing a ton of feathers, which have accumulated all over the coop and run. I a worried she could either get frost bite on her exposed skin, or just get really cold and die. Any suggestions on how to deal with this, keep her warm, or is this totally fine and normal for chickens to do?
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Not RIRs but I've had Jaerhons molt in January with no ill effects. Being from Norway, they were probably thinking, "You call this winter?"

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