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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

    Nov 21, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    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

    Feb 11, 2012
    Mine are molting too. The cold triggers the molt from what I understand. Seems normal to me.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    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

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    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

    Apr 10, 2012
    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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