Pullet molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pineapple416, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. pineapple416

    pineapple416 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kiwi, my 9 month old Buff Orpington cross, appears to be molting? All of are chickens usually molt when they are a year old or older so I thought it was a little odd. Other than losing feathers and a paler comb, she seems very healthy and normal. Is she molting or is it something else? Also, when do chickens usually molt? Thank you.

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  2. emma p

    emma p Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! It looks like Kiwi is growing feathers back in so she was probably just molting. They normally molt in the fall.


    Also, are your sure on gender of Kiwi? Just looks a little suspiciously in between boy and girl. Probably just me, the large comb just through me off i guess.
     
  3. pineapple416

    pineapple416 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We thought she might be a male when she was younger, but she lays eggs and does not crow or have spurs. We are pretty sure she is a New Hampshire Red Orpington cross, but she does have a huge comb! Thankyou
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, depending on the time of year they hatched, pullets can molt their first year. I have several pullets molting now.
     
  5. pineapple416

    pineapple416 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, good to know
     
  6. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can tell your hen is a pullet.

    She has no sickle,or saddle feathers
     

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