Moulting Chickens

Well, I can only assume my chickens have moulted, or maybe they’re still moulting a bit. The evidence isn’t as overwhelming as I anticipated. Over the past couple of months, we’ve found a few feathers every day in the garden and where they roost at night, which isn’t normal. Plus all three of my chooks took a time-out from laying, but only about 4 or 5 days each. And they looked a bit thread-bear around the head and neck. But otherwise, autumn is progressing like any other season in my chicken-coop.

Recently I’ve noticed some funny looking feathers – especially on Rosy, especially where she was showing more skin than normal. They are white-tipped and I’m thinking this is the end result of moulting – she’s growing her new, winter feathers.

I wonder if their moults were so mild because of the climate here, their age, or the breed. It doesn’t really matter, I’m just thankful  my girls didn’t get nearly-naked like some I’ve seen and they didn’t stop laying.

Rosie's new feathers

Rosie’s new feathers forming a mini-mane around the side of her neck

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About Laura Rittenhouse

I'm an American-Australian author, gardener and traveller. Go to my writing website: www.laurarittenhouse.com for more. If you're trying to find my gardening blog, it's here.
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6 Responses to Moulting Chickens

  1. vuchickens says:

    sounds like you got off easy. 😉 I wonder what my girls are gonna look like next autumn…

  2. I would like to have chickens and I am following your posts to gather information from your experiences. I really appreciate your posts.

    • Thanks. I hope my posts give you some idea about how easy, fun and just a little annoying chickens can be. They are not simply egg machines in the back garden – though I suppose many people could treat them that way – but they’re adorable pets as well.

  3. That is a great molt! I wish we had it that easy. Glad you are back in eggs again so quickly.

    • I am not even sure how much the moult had to do with the lack of eggs. It coincided with the new cat visiting our back garden and I never was sure if an egg didn’t get laid because of a fright my chook got or a few feathers falling out. Such good layers – such good girls!

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