Was it molt?

georgiapumpkin

Songster
Apr 27, 2020
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Hey,
I saw an add in Craigslist for 10 month old Red Star hens for sale. I arranged to go pick some up and when I got there they had about 30 in a small fenced in area. Numerous other chickens scattered around.
On closer inspection they had feathers missing on there chest. The person that was supposed to sell them to me wasn't even there.
I told this other person thanks but I changed my mind. I wasn't sure about the missing feathers and leery of the living conditions.
They emailed me later to tell me it was molt and normal.
Maybe it was but I wasn't comfortable with it. I hope I did the right thing.
 

nchls school

Crowing
6 Years
Apr 22, 2015
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You did right. At 10 months they should have been in great condition. Molt is where birds loose their old feathers and grow new feathers. My birds never molt to the point of having bare spots. Those bare spots were more likely caused by the living conditions.

A person should never buy a bird if they think there's a problem. Most likely that problem exists.
 

georgiapumpkin

Songster
Apr 27, 2020
106
131
116
Tennessee
You did right. At 10 months they should have been in great condition. Molt is where birds loose their old feathers and grow new feathers. My birds never molt to the point of having bare spots. Those bare spots were more likely caused by the living conditions.

A person should never buy a bird if they think there's a problem. Most likely that problem exists.


Thanks,
I had to Google after I left and I read where it says all that. Me being new to all this I still felt it wasn't right.
Thanks 😊
 

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