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Still growing feathers from molt

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It has been an oddly warm winter so far, we went from 60 degrees and are now in the 20's or 30's the past 4 days. Most of my girls have grown a majority of their feathers back, but two of them are still fairly bare(a lot of new feather growth). The two that were late molters are 1 year and 10 months old. One is a white rock and the other is a golden comet. Out of the 10 laying hens I have, only 1 of them has begun to lay again.

Is this normal? 

The golden comet has been staying in the coop a majority of the time as it is chilly, but my white rock has been venturing out quite a bit and seems to be acting fine.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thank you for all of your help!

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I have no idea, sorry.  Go to your local library and see if they have any books on chickens.  I really like the Storey's series.

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Yes, it can be normal for molting hens to take a break for a couple of months from laying, and with the short days of winter, they will sometimes take a longer break. My girls are just beginning to begin laying from their molts a couple of months ago. Usually chickens don't have their first big molts untilthey are 16-18 months old, but yours may have just had theirs early. Many chickens their first year will lay right through the winter even with the low light of winter. Yours will probably start back laying after the first of the year.
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