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This is my girls first molt. No eggs for about a month now. Molting bad. Feathers all over how long will this last?
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This is my girls first molt. No eggs for about a month now. Molting bad. Feathers all over how long will this last?
My 18 month olds are also molting, I understand could last for few weeks to few months.
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Basic starter: Personally designed & built Shed/Coupe/Run: 3 Leghorns, 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks, 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes

NEW ADDITION: 4/21/15
Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Barred Rock
Black Copper Marans & Blue Marans
12x24x7 additional run


NEW BABIES: 2/17/16
New Hampshires, Black Australorps, Amerecaunas,
Easter Eggers & Black Sex Links

NEWER YET: 3/16/16
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Howdy djronron

 

The chickens in your picture do not appear to have lost many feathers (yet) .. beautiful birds!

 

Chickens can go through a soft moult which is a gradual loss of feathers over a long period of time or a hard moult in which they lose many feathers, sometimes within the period of a few days.

 

It is documented that chickens going through a soft moult may be off the lay for longer than those going through a hard moult.  I believe the thought process is that chickens going through a soft moult do this for longer and therefore are off the lay longer whereas hard moult chickens drop most of their feathers in a short period, grow more and return to laying sooner.

 

In my experience with moulting, most of my soft moulters have not gone off the lay at all but one did not lay for 6 months.  My only hard moulter takes a 3-4 month break.

 

Because feathers are largely composed of protein, replacing the feathers is taxing on them which is why egg production decreases or stops.  It is a good idea to increase their protein levels when they are moulting to help them out.

 

BYC has a good article on what happens when chickens moult: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/what-happens-when-chickens-molt

 

This is Dusty, my hard moulter:

 

 

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Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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