BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying › How long does a Moult last? PICS ADDED
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

How long does a Moult last? PICS ADDED

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

I was wondering how long does molting usually last for chickens?  Is it different for very breed or is it different for each individual?

I've got one who has a bare neck...not laying...and I'm just wondering?  Her body feathers are all rumpled and messy...

No mites here...in case you were wondering.


Edited by cheeptrick - 6/5/08 at 6:45pm
post #2 of 26

Is she actually losing feathers?  Usually when they go into a molt, they don't actually get bare patches.  Just going off of this, it doesn't sound like molting, but possibly something else, though I couldn't say what.  Keep an eye on her, and I hope someone more knowledgeable will pipe up....

post #3 of 26

Natural moulting usually begins sometime during March-April and should be completed by July when egg production recommences.

Have had chickens for a whole six years now!  This year decided to try out ducks too!  WOW messy they are, but totally worth it, their cuteness overpowers all the messes they can make :D  Check them out at:  autumnbreezechickens.blogspot.com

Reply

Have had chickens for a whole six years now!  This year decided to try out ducks too!  WOW messy they are, but totally worth it, their cuteness overpowers all the messes they can make :D  Check them out at:  autumnbreezechickens.blogspot.com

Reply
post #4 of 26

Have had chickens for a whole six years now!  This year decided to try out ducks too!  WOW messy they are, but totally worth it, their cuteness overpowers all the messes they can make :D  Check them out at:  autumnbreezechickens.blogspot.com

Reply

Have had chickens for a whole six years now!  This year decided to try out ducks too!  WOW messy they are, but totally worth it, their cuteness overpowers all the messes they can make :D  Check them out at:  autumnbreezechickens.blogspot.com

Reply
post #5 of 26

Thanks Peeps! smile

post #6 of 26
Thread Starter 

HELLO and THANKS...that was a great article.  Wish they had pictures.  I believe my hen is having a partial moult or neck moult. 

I'll get some pictures and post them...

Bear with me...

ya

post #7 of 26

i'd just like to add here that everyone has their opinion on the only time a hen ever moults and they're all different. when i was trying to figure out what was up with my hen and her feather loss, i must've read seventeen different articles, FAQs, etc. and they all disagreed. "hens only moult in the FALL" only how they also only moult in SPRING, SUMMER, or WINTER. i think it must depend on your climate or something. it had me stumped for a good long while because i was just convinced that she was moulting, but i kept reading that they only moulted in the autumn. bottom line, i think hens will moult whenever they're good and ready. wink

edit ha ha, i started reading that linked article and started sputtering at the autumn reference before realizing it was an australian article! hee!

libra, provocateuse, mother, vegan, mother, aesthete, nerd, socialist, pacifist, iconist, opinionatrix, animal lover, atheist, birder, know-it-all

the story of my life so far with chicken(s)
Reply
libra, provocateuse, mother, vegan, mother, aesthete, nerd, socialist, pacifist, iconist, opinionatrix, animal lover, atheist, birder, know-it-all

the story of my life so far with chicken(s)
Reply
post #8 of 26

Ravenfeathers...I bet the climate does have a lot to do with when birds moult.  I know here in WI my friends who have chickens are usually all done with moult in July...that article has proved pretty accurate for the chickens around here.  It also depends on how they are cared for too I suppose.  I'm going to hunt for some threads on moulting now and read up wink  Thanks for bringing that up.

Have had chickens for a whole six years now!  This year decided to try out ducks too!  WOW messy they are, but totally worth it, their cuteness overpowers all the messes they can make :D  Check them out at:  autumnbreezechickens.blogspot.com

Reply

Have had chickens for a whole six years now!  This year decided to try out ducks too!  WOW messy they are, but totally worth it, their cuteness overpowers all the messes they can make :D  Check them out at:  autumnbreezechickens.blogspot.com

Reply
post #9 of 26

CHEEPTRICK!  I meant to tell you that I LOVE your name! lol One of my favorite bands wink

Have had chickens for a whole six years now!  This year decided to try out ducks too!  WOW messy they are, but totally worth it, their cuteness overpowers all the messes they can make :D  Check them out at:  autumnbreezechickens.blogspot.com

Reply

Have had chickens for a whole six years now!  This year decided to try out ducks too!  WOW messy they are, but totally worth it, their cuteness overpowers all the messes they can make :D  Check them out at:  autumnbreezechickens.blogspot.com

Reply
post #10 of 26

Part of white loghorns went thru a molt.  Now the remaining 2 are going thru it now. 

It cut the egg production for a week or more.

Darin

Two boys, One wife,  1 cat named Johnny Cash and 1 cat named Pepper Sprout, Black Lab named Polly and a Yellwo Lab named Connor.  16 Cornish X at the moment.

Reply

Two boys, One wife,  1 cat named Johnny Cash and 1 cat named Pepper Sprout, Black Lab named Polly and a Yellwo Lab named Connor.  16 Cornish X at the moment.

Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying › How long does a Moult last? PICS ADDED