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Ratty Chicken Picture Exchange -- Molting

 
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Are your chickens molting? Mine are! Share pictures of the rattiest, worst looking birds you have! Ten out of my thirteen layers are molting right now, and this is the best I got so far:



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My last hens are molting pretty hard. The others look all shiny and new. This poor thing looks the worst.
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I have three that are looking ragged right now.  I don't understand why they lose their feathers just as it's getting really cold.  I would molt in summer if it were me.
 
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I really don't understand why they molt just as the cold is starting either, maybe because that's a bad time to be reproducing so they can put the energy elsewhere?





Our gold  laced wyandottes are basically done molting now, and the silvers are just starting ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
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About Halloween time this year.   She is maybe 6 years old.  
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Nice pic Willy!
 
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Willy Walker wrote:About Halloween time this year.   She is maybe 6 years old.  



That looks like a painting.  I would frame it
 
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Poor chicken......
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