Why did she do that???

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by luvinmychickens, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. luvinmychickens

    luvinmychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Ohio
    Yesterday, I went outside to the hens, and found Dominique or Barred Rock feathers everywhere. They were in the closed in part of the coop, the run, and their area to free range. I pet my BR (Brownie) and she was fine. Acted as usual. I went and pet my Dom (Oreo). As soon as I touched her, she turned around and bit be, right on the finger. I was thinking that maybe the other girls were plucking Oreo's feathers. None of my girls had ever tried to bite me. They just do the usual 'peck my feet and legs' thing. Do you think that she bit me because she might have thought that I was one of the girls trying to peck her? And when do they start molting? I was thinking that maybe Oreo is molting. Can they be aggresive when they molt? Why is she doing this?!?!?!

    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. jenni2142

    jenni2142 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some molting right now and they don't like to be petted when they are molting. They seem to be a bit tender until the new feathers are all the way in.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    First full moulting is usually about 18 months but can be much earlier or later.

    That's a good reason not to kiss your chickens. Know someone that almost had an eye pecked out.
     
  4. luvinmychickens

    luvinmychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Ohio
    She is 5 months 24 days old. . . I guess shes not molting???
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    There is a juvenile molt but it's earlier.
     

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