A new chicken owner may be surprised to find his hens dropping feathers at an alarming rate! Don’t be nervous- this is a normal part of yearly molting. Read about our first experience with molting hens here.
Are you concerned because your chickens are losing their feathers? Here are all of your questions about molting answered, and some tip for getting your flock through molting season.
Often starting in early fall, chickens will begin to lose their feathers in a process called “molting”. It can be alarming for a new chicken keeper, since your hens will often become less active, be noticeably naked, and stop laying eggs. It is, however, totally normal.
Whether you’ve had chickens forever or you are new to them you can find out ways to help your flock with the inevitable yearly molt.
It looked like there was a pillow fight in my yard last night. You see, ducks don’t molt like chickens do. They actually have a couple of molts and each one looks different. The effects are most obvious in drakes. Find out about eclipse molts, big summer molts and the really cool thing about fall […]
It happens to the best of them. At least once a year, chickens lose their feathers and look terribly unkempt for a few weeks. Are they ill? Do they have a parasite? No they are probably just molting. Read more about molting, what it is, what causes it, and how to help your chickens through […]