the amazing multiple moulting hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ravenfeathers, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. ravenfeathers

    ravenfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i suspect from my reading that this is within the range of normal, so i'm not looking for reassurance here. mostly, i'm just venting.

    my buff orp hen, felicity, who came wandering out of our woods one day last may and promptly went into a heavy moult, has been laying well all summer. we noticed a few days ago that it had been a while since we saw an egg and i wondered if she was quitting because of the decrease in light and temperature. lo and behold, on saturday, her cage and run started filling up with feathers. moulting AGAIN. no wonder no one wanted her the first time. [​IMG]
     
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    The same thing is happening with my 5 year old Leghorn hen, Obelisk...she started moulting in July like always, but it seems like she's doing it again...she's started losing her flights all over again...
     
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, same here with a light molt in July and a really hard molt going on now. Poor girls look so tuff and bald.... [​IMG]. Good thing they are getting er done before our cold weather sets in. I've seen that happen and you gotta keep the girls warm or they will get chilled.

    bigzio
     
  4. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Well now I don't feel alone. I have a RIR hen that is molting and she looks awefull!!
     
  5. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    You may as well call my moulting Blue Ameraucana a streaker. She is just horrible looking, I swear she feels as embarassed as well as exhausted as she looks. I saw a link on here for a moulting contest, do you know where I should be looking? I want to keep up with other birds to see how bald they get! ha ha.
     
  6. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think all of mine are moulting. Don't know if any have done it more than once. Sure seems like its been going on forever though. Wish I'd get some eggs!
     
  7. ravenfeathers

    ravenfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    see, what a lucky bird she is to fall into my bleeding-heart hands. she'd be culled for poor production elsewhere. [​IMG]
     
  8. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
    Australia
    My birds have never ever moulted & I've had them for more than 10 years. Is this maybe because they were in South Africa or that they were silkies & silkie X's? If they ever did moult, it was never enough that it was noticeable even on close inspection. I keep hearing about everyone's terrible moults so I'm puzzled [​IMG]
     
  9. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks for the situaiton that isn't my own!

    While I've been a fancier for years and years.....It is a pleasent suprise for folks having the same fun, I've been having for years and years! Enjoy and keep the backyard flocks growing in size....

    bigzio
     
  10. henney

    henney Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 13 wk old Ameraucana pullet that is loosing her feathers. I thought they have to be a year old. Has anyone else's chickens molted early?
     

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