Roo molting in the cold autumn

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LoveMyPeeps, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. LoveMyPeeps

    LoveMyPeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Production Red rooster who is right around a year and a half old and I noticed today that he is molting badly. It's October in Northern NY and getting quite cold. Doesn't it seem odd that he would molt now that it is colder and he won't have the feathers to protect him? Is this normal?
     
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Very normal! Chickens are like cats that way, they do things when they want to and not one moment sooner!
     
  3. LoveMyPeeps

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    Thanks so much! This big guy is my baby, so I'll sleep better tonight knowing that everything is par.
     
  4. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Stupid ain`t it? Every year I`m amazed at how many posts I see with fowl moulting in the dead of winter. Don`t worry, they always make it through.......Pop
     
  5. LoveMyPeeps

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    Thanks Lollipop- I have to admit, I was worried! And then couldn't find any info on it on the internet. Thanks Backyard forum!
     
  6. monathequeen

    monathequeen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's October And All Of My Hens And Rooster And Ducks Are Molting Too..........if A Stranger Caught Sight Of My Coop And Duck House, They Would Swear There Was A Pile Of Dead Birds Under All The Feathers....lol
    Yes, It's Completely Normal....my Birds Molt Twice A Year...mY Ducks Molt Every Month It Seems Like...not ReallY But They Shed Alot !!!!
     
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  7. LoveMyPeeps

    LoveMyPeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    That's funny, my husband took one look at the roo, one look at the feathers all over the coop and said, "What attacked him??" LOL. So glad to hear this is the norm!!
     
  8. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    I think Ive got one molting too. this my first time w/ chickens and I just don't get it. do they molt and grow new feathers at the same time?
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Yes, some do. I have one hen that molted so quick it was hard to even notice. That's great and a good trait because the faster they molt, they quicker they get back to laying.
    I have a few others that are nearly bald. They feel like porcupines.
     
  10. LoveMyPeeps

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    My roo looks TERRIBLE!! And it happened so quick we were afraid something had happened to him! Poor guy!
     

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