Only one of my chickens is molting

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Gigijenn, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. Gigijenn

    Gigijenn In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2009
    Gray, Maine
    I have six hens and all seem to be laying just fine right now, but one of them is molting. Poor thing looks like holy hell. I'm told by another chicken owner that it's because the days are getting shorter and molting is due to a lack of daylight. (I live in Maine and we have about 12 hours of daylight right now). If it were a daylight issue, wouldn't all of them be molting and/or not laying as much? They all seem to still be laying just fine and doing well otherwise. It's just the one Plymouth Rock that is having the molting issue. Any suggestions?[​IMG]
  2. that_crazy_lady

    that_crazy_lady Songster

    Nov 13, 2008
    Rose, OK
    if the wether gets bad keep her in untill she gets some good cover. some birds will shed more often then others. yea if it was do to lighting or the lack of all of them would do. at one point I had over well 30 chickens and never had more then 3 molt at the same time. and while some will go almost nude, most don't. they just look a little sorry for a while.
  3. Gigijenn

    Gigijenn In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2009
    Gray, Maine
    Thanks for the reply...she was the only chicken to molt last year too, so perhaps she's just prone to it more. I just hope she grows some feathers back before it gets really cold. My other chicken didn't molt...I guess that's normal too?
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Mine are molting on their own individual schedules. I have one hen that's finished with hers just as another two are starting.
    They're individuals, just like with their first eggs. They didn't all start laying at the exact same time either.
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Yup, normal.

    If your other chickens didn't molt last year, either they *did* but it was gradual enough you didn't notice, or they just haven't molted *yet* but will do so later this year.

    It used to be, back before commercial layers were killed when they went into molt and a new crop brought in, that chickens that molted all at once were preferred over those that do it mroe gradually, as they're not out of production for as long with an all-at-once molt. They do look very sad and draggly though [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,


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