what does it look like when they molt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bedste, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

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    some of my girls have bare backs but I thought this was from too much rooster lovin. Are they molting? They are about 15 months old give or take...
     
  2. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Songster

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    During molt the feathers basically fall out. Too much rooster loving leaves many broken and tattered feathers.
     
  3. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

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    are they naked all over or just on their backs?
     
  4. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Quote:Its different for all chickens. My Cock Is molting right now. First his feet then his back and his breast and now his face and wings are. But its in small incraments. Where as some peoples chickens are completely naked and then grow in feathers. And in different degrees everywhere in between
     
  5. Bedste

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    my girls are only naked on their backs..... like in the saddle area... so I do not know if they are molting or if it is from the Roo
     
  6. Bedste

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    do they stop laying too?
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, they stop laying. Mine stopped a couple weeks before I noticed the feathers falling off big time. I noticed it first around their face. It was bare, then you could see the pins. Then it "spread" down the body. When they shake, you can see the feathers falling off. Mine even lost their tail feathers.

    If it's only in the back area, then it may just be from too much rooster attention.
     

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