Too cold for molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mdunn, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. mdunn

    mdunn New Egg

    Apr 27, 2009

    I've seen some posts that this is the time of year for molting, but i'm still worried about my White Rock who has lost about 1/4 of her feathers so far. It's cold here in MD--lows in 30's. Highs are supposed to be in the 50s today, 60s tomorrow. I saw her shivering when i let her out into the run this morning. This hen has gone through some trauma--i posted about her a couple of months ago when i thought she was egg-bound--turned out she had been pecked in the behind. She ended up getting maggots and needed some treatment from the vet. She seems to be fully recovered, though she no longer lays eggs. She is about 19 mo old. I only have 2 other chickens, so i make sure she roosts between them at night, even though they both peck her a bit (i move her after dark to minimize that). How long till she gets her new feathers in, and is there anything i can/should do for her? The run is mostly shaded, so she doesn't get a lot of sun.

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