Ugh.. my beautiful Rusty is Molting!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by FisherMOM, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    Here is a comparison of Before and After.

    The before shot was taken a few weeks ago.
    The after shot was this am.

    Poor homely guy! lol!



    I guess if I were a guy with 8 women, I'd be almost bald too! lol!
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    My two oldest BLRW roos are beginning to molt too.....they definately look a little rough these days!
  3. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2008
    What is that all about and is it permanant?
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Chickens go through a molt about once a year....some lose lots of feathers and others not so many. They grow new feathers in after a bit of time. Hens usually stop laying during this time. It's kind of their vacation.
  5. fatguyaz

    fatguyaz Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 2, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Do they all molt around the same time every year, or does it vary from bird to bird? What age does it start?
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Mine seem to have their first molt when they're 12-18 months old. I think it varies from bird to bird tho. Some of mine you hardly notice they're molting and others look pretty pathetic.
  7. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    Quote:yeah, Rusty is about 18 months old. what a cold time of the year to start molting! brrrrrr...
  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    He's very handsome.....even if his feathers are a little rumpled right now.
  9. hoosierhen

    hoosierhen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2007
    My coop is so full of feathers right now it looks like the chooks have been having pillow fights!!
  10. bamachick

    bamachick Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 29, 2008
    What breed is your Rusty? He is pretty. My Rowdy is the same breed. They look like twins.

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