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She's molting. Won't she be cold?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by circlark, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. circlark

    circlark New Egg

    Nov 2, 2010
    My lovely 18-month old RIR Mary is molting like crazy, with bare patches all over. (with the pointy new feathers coming in, she's more Porcupine than Chicken) She sleeps with her (still-feathered) sisters in a coop outside that is protected from wind, but here in Pennsylvania, we're getting into the 20's at night. She must be so cold!

    Do I need to bring her in at night? Or do I simply supplement her feed with herbs and extra protein?
    I've also read about giving them a water bath to splash in, but with highs in the 50's, I don't want to do that now, right?

    Clark, first time city-chicken owner
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2010
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I don't have the answer . But without those feathers that baby's cold. Those feathers are her jacket. Someone here can help you.
  3. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had that same situation last year. I got someone here to make me a little chicken sweater, like a saddle, only lined with fleece, with a windproof exterior... she did fine until she got eaten by the fox.

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