Ugh.. my beautiful Rusty is Molting!

FisherMOM

Songster
11 Years
May 7, 2008
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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!
 

Katy

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
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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.
 

fatguyaz

In the Brooder
11 Years
Sep 2, 2008
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Do they all molt around the same time every year, or does it vary from bird to bird? What age does it start?
Thanks!
 

Katy

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
16,317
70
331
Kansas~50+ yrs of chickens
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.
 

FisherMOM

Songster
11 Years
May 7, 2008
2,140
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Bergen, NY
Quote:yeah, Rusty is about 18 months old. what a cold time of the year to start molting! brrrrrr...
 

bamachick

In the Brooder
11 Years
Jan 29, 2008
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FisherMOM,
What breed is your Rusty? He is pretty. My Rowdy is the same breed. They look like twins.
Kathy:)
 

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