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Winter molt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by OrganicMamma, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. OrganicMamma

    OrganicMamma Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, thought I would gather from the enormous expertise on BYC.
    Is a mid-Dec molt possible? My one girls looks like she is going through a hard molt that started a couple weeks ago. Which is kind of wierding me out. Where I live in Ontario we have 2 feet of snow on the ground and it's cold outside! I'm a little worried about her well-being and well, staying warm. We don't have mites or lice or anything, and they are organically fed + spoiled with lots of treats. Is it a freak molt? Or something else?
     
  2. kreagerm

    kreagerm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are molting too. The cold triggers the molt from what I understand. Seems normal to me.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    It is very possible to have a December molt. I thought all my birds were done but then my Black Star and my Red Star are just now starting to grow back feathers - and it's cold out there! All of my others were done and re-feathered. The molt is triggered by the decreasing minutes and hours of daylight - it stimulates the birds to shed feathers and regrow new ones - it's not as dependent on the cold.
     
  4. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Yes they can molt in December. It all depends on when they started laying and when they were born.
     
  5. what did I do

    what did I do Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some that are molting too. It is cold here although very little -0°f . Those poor chickens :( they look so cold.
     

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