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First moult (molt) should be around 6 months.

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Originally Posted by Mahonri 

First moult (molt) should be around 6 months.


Hmm.... Our chickens just turned 6 months old (and haven't molted) and it's now November. If they were born in the later spring or summer, will they wait until the next fall to molt?

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The first of eleven kids in the bestest family in the world! 

The Dogs: Boaz (yellow Labrador Retriever) and Tipper (black lab/cocker mix)

The Cats: Trixxie (tortoiseshell) and Pumpkin (snowshoe)

The Ducks: Anconas in chocolate, lavender, and black - Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, Lizzy, Jane, Emma, Harriet, and Anne

 

"I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me." ~ Phil. 4:13

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First molt is usually a light one the second one is usually around 18 months and can really be pitiful.  They are molting now here.  I went out one day and there were feathers everywhere.  I thought something had gotten ahold of them.  NOT, just molting like crazy.  Thats the reason I like different ages of hens.  Some are laying and others molting.  It keeps me in eggs, so far. Gloria Jean

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  Love 1 hb,,  my children, many grands, one spoiled rotten cat,  mtns, chicks, crochet, lots of friends. My hens and a few sweet roos      NPIP 55928
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My chickens have just started to lose a few feathers and they are at about 19 weeks, is this a molt or is this just them naturally losing feathers? Check the signature for the breeds!

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I'm in Boone, NC! Proud owner of 3 Buff Orps, 3 Silver-Laced Wyandottes, 2 Black Australopes, 3 Barred Rocks, 4 White Leghorns, and 7 Red Sex-Links!
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they go through several very light molts while matureing.   that is the reason baby chicks coloring can be so different from the mature bird.  I know my EE seem to change almost every month until mature.  Gloria Jean

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