Originally Posted by LuckysMum
Does that mean they don't moult when they are young? When do they start moulting then?
I have been offered some HylIne eggs to hatch. Has anyone got these chooks? I know they are similar to ISA's, but she said they are not a mean as ISA's so they should be ok to have with my other girls.Does anyone have any thoughts?
Genetically engineered birds are less inclined to moult their primary feathers and so a soft moult might almost go unnoticed . Hybrid birds are designed to lay ' hard and fast ' but unfortunately that means their laying ' career ' is short lived. Most will lay everyday without interruption for 2 years and then slow down dramatically. My last Isa brown died at 8 years of age and while she still laid the occasional egg there was a long time between eggs for a free feed.
Moulting is a natural event and also essential for the overall health and well being of the bird. Feathers are made up of protein and in order for the bird to grow new feathers it requires egg production to cease so that the bodies stores of protein are available .
There are several contributing factors that may bring on a moult, illness, parasites, protein deficiency and stress are just a few.