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Questions about Molting,....help????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Up-the-Creek, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Songster

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    I was wondering, when do chickens molt?
    I have 10 hens who are a year old and apparently they are molting because there is feathers all over the coop, and one, as of today, has lost all of her tail feathers [​IMG]. It is a mess! Anyway,..I have been told that they only molt in late fall, is this true? If this is true,..what could be wrong with my girls??? I have checked them for mites and seen nothing, they look very healthy outside the feather problem. Also, they aren't laying like they were. I am only getting one to two eggs a day now, where I was getting at least seven. It really sounds like a molt to me,..but I am a new chicken owner. Can they molt here in April??? What is everyone's opinion??? Thanks!!!
     

  2. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Songster

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    Anyone???? [​IMG]
     
  3. Mine are doing the same thing! They are looking a bit grungy, and are missing some feathers... and the egg production has dropped significantly... I was wondering if it might be a molt as well, but also don't know much about it, these are my first chickens, and they are also about a year old.
     
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