question about molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by the3ofus+oursixchicks, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. the3ofus+oursixchicks

    the3ofus+oursixchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    alabama
    petunia my barred rock hen is around 2 years old. i can tell she has been molting a little not much but i can feel the new little feathers coming in. anyway the past fews days well maybe 2 weeks she has just been putting around not as active as usual. do they get sluggish when they are molting?
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Yes they do get sluggish. Moody as well :p
     
  3. the3ofus+oursixchicks

    the3ofus+oursixchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    alabama
    oh, thats good to know because sometimes its like she wants to be alone and just stand or ie around. was getting a little worried about her. thanks
     
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    My hens are lazy when molting, and I free range - so it's very noticeable.

    They will scream if you try to pick them up. The pin feathers are not comfortable at all.

    Hopefully that's all it is anyway. My molting hens always want to be with other chickens though.
     
  5. chickenn@@b

    [email protected]@b Out Of The Brooder

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    My blue orp is in a terrible molt right now and when I let the chickens out to free range the yard in the evening, she just sits in the pen or coop by herself. Usually she's the first out of the gate. She's terribly grumpy and covered in prickly quills.
     
  6. the3ofus+oursixchicks

    the3ofus+oursixchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    alabama
    ok this helps my feelings. i can feel the feathers coming in but she isnt molting bad. thanks
     
  7. dr1939

    dr1939 Out Of The Brooder

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    how do you catch them ,I can't get close enough to my two to pick them up?
     

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