is it normal.....

Discussion in 'Broody Hens & Egg Laying' started by annlouise, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. annlouise

    annlouise New Member

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    is it normal for a broody to go straight into a moult once her eggs are hatched? the chicks are a week old and their run looks like the aftermath of a good pillow fight!!
     
  2. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    Good question. I have the same thing happening with my Australorp who I didn't let hatch any. (I don't have a roo.) She went from getting a new playmate, to going broody, to now molting in under a month. Poor girl! Looks like a somewhat feathered porcupine right now. :p

    Someone on here will have an answer to your question that I'm glad you asked. :)
     

  3. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    It's generally related to light cycle. Their eyes see light and send messages to their glands to create hormones. This will cause a seasonal feather loss like dogs shed. Other hormonal triggers can cause feather loss too. But I don't believe it's from the hatching.
     
  4. cogburn

    cogburn New Member

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    Agree w energyvet..
     
  5. annlouise

    annlouise New Member

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    thanks for the info x
     
  6. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    I'm just glad mine are molting now and not in the freezing middle of January like poor Sophie did. That was awful. I'd bring her inside in a plastic bin and set her safely near a heat source while I went back out to clean the coop. She LOVED that! Think she thought she was a queen on those days.