What's this about molting?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Hennyhandler, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    Cullman
    I have heard about molting but i haven't seen it. My chickens haven't done it yet. Another experience, yah! Anyway, what does molting actually look like? When do they start? And why do they do it at all? I guess I'm pretty much asking for the lowdown.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2009
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Moulting occurs a few times, switch to baby feathers, switch to teen feathers, switch to adult feathers, and then about once a year from that point on. Some moult slowly, some drop feathers like mad and grow them back at once. It's normal and extra protein can help in regrowth.

    Here is one of my fast moulters:

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    She was mostly naked. Clumps fell out, and she felt like a hot pin feather ball.

    A few weeks later:

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    Her normal self with crooked wattles and all:
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  3. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    I will get a picture of 2 of hens molting.
     
  4. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    Cullman
    Thank you so much. Is there a specific time that they start like before winter or something? Or is it different for each chicken.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    The birds can go through light molts or heavier molts and they can molt at anytime. I recently have had some of my birds go through rather heavy molts.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Ummmmm silkiechicken posted pics of a lady in molt! [​IMG] I am soooo gonna tell speckled! I thought it was strictly against BYC rules to expose a lady like that.
    All but two of my hens are molting right now. Another week of this and we'll be buying store bought eggs. [​IMG]
     
  7. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

    Jul 5, 2009
    I have 6 23 week old barred rocks and they have never molted.
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    LOL

    It's amazing how much a single feather covers... she really didn't have much on there, maybe only 5% of normal, just one feather covers like a square inch.
     
  9. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

    Jul 5, 2009
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  10. KittyKelly

    KittyKelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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