Why are my chickens molting now that the cold weather has arrived?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by weesy68, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. weesy68

    weesy68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My two RIRs are losing their feathers, it started the moment the really cold weather hit here in CT. Is this normal? Why wouldn't they molt in the spring?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Are they about a year and a half old? 18-20 months old is about the right age for the first big molt, no matter what season it is. I have a bunch molting, though most of mine are already finished this year.
     
  3. weesy68

    weesy68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, they are less than a year old, about eight months I think.
     
  4. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    That's what chickens do. They'll molt at any age. I had one who molted at around eight months.
     
  5. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I asked the same question & Speckledhen told me: it's called a mini-molt and pullets can have them around this age. I have one born end of April who's been mini-molting since early November. She's not losing all her feathers at once, just a few at a time, and she stopped laying.
     
  6. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Quote:I asked the same question & Speckledhen told me: it's called a mini-molt and pullets can have them around this age. I have one born end of April who's been mini-molting since early November. She's not losing all her feathers at once, just a few at a time, and she stopped laying.

    Sometimes they aren't mini....
     
  7. Plain Old Dee

    Plain Old Dee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mother nature can sure be perverse at times... [​IMG]
     
  8. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have had low temperatures around 8 degrees overnight for the past week (warmer weather is here today) and we have several RIR that are nearly bald. Poor things look so terrible. It did become really obvious when the cold set in though. Seems ODD.
     
  9. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seattle
    Quote:I asked the same question & Speckledhen told me: it's called a mini-molt and pullets can have them around this age. I have one born end of April who's been mini-molting since early November. She's not losing all her feathers at once, just a few at a time, and she stopped laying.

    Sometimes they aren't mini....

    Hey, I had NO idea. So, a pullet, 8 mos old, will do a full-blown, naked molt? [​IMG]
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    The BIG first molt comes at a year and a half. The one at 8-9 months is nowhere near what that one will be, trust me. Weather has less to do with molt than the age of the bird, at least with these two molt periods. I've never had the 9 month one be that bad. Just give her extra protein for awhile.
     

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