Other signs of molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jeffross1968, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    Beyond the loss of feathers and the lack of laying, are there other outward signs of molting? I have a brown leghorn that basically just stopped laying 12 days ago. I know there different speeds at which chickens lose their feathers, so I'm wondering if there's something else that might point to that? She seems to be eating and drinking, foraging and everything else she normally does. However, she looks a bit out of it. No watery eyes or marks or sneezing that would make me think she sick. But she does have a very pale like puffy face. Does this happen during molting? Can't figure this one out...
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
  3. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I don't know if it has anything to do with molting, but I have little fluffy feathers flying all over the place. Some larger one but gobs of the little ones.
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Old rooster - your case is definitely molting.
    Jeffross - other than the puffy face/pale comb...hens will often stop or decrease quite a bit with the shortening days (which is why some supplement with light to give about 14 hours of "daylight." But molting is definitely a possibility. They don't always look all scraggly when molting...

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