Why again?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mountain Peeps, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Hi everyone!

    I thought chickens were only supposed to molt once or twice a year? Well, this is my girls' fourth or fifth molt and it's not even fall when they usually molt. They have food, water and I try to keep up on cleaning their quarters. The only thing I can think of is that we've had bears around here (but only for the past week) and that their coop is behind some buildings so they are getting less light.

    What do you think is wrong with them?
     
  2. arkansas55

    arkansas55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awww,i don't know but i sympathize,poor girl's,my guess would be stress? sending hugs[​IMG]
     
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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm not sure what is wrong. I know that my birds occasionally molt twice a year, but I've never had one molt 5 times.

    However, one of my birds has been molting almost the whole year- he molted last winter (but not completely), dropped his tail feathers in late spring, some neck feathers this summer, and is only now returning to his usual, non-molting appearance (I've almost forgotten what he looks like with all his feathers)!

    What are you feeding them? Sometimes, if birds don't get enough protein, they will remain in a poor feather condition for a long time.
     
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  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    They get a 16% layer feed along with very occasional scratch and table scrapes.

    Also I forgot to mention that their molts are not intense. There are just feathers laying everywhere and they quit laying. But they haven't gone bald once.
     
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Thanks!
     
  6. arkansas55

    arkansas55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    aww your welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![​IMG]
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How old are they? Chicken molt 4 times or more before a year of age.
     
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  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    They are two years
     

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