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How long do chickens molt??

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My chickens are molting and look pretty scraggly.  Some of them have patches of new feathers coming in, some of them have bald spots, and some are just losing feathers here and there.
Questions: 1. How long do they molt?  2. Is there something I should do to boost their nutrition during molt?  3. I have noticed a sharp decline in egg production which I believe is normal, considering the stress of molting-but I have also noticed some misshapen eggs and 1 "leather" egg with no shell, even though I supplement with oyster shell.  Your advice please.

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I have not yet gone through a molt with my chickens (although I'm thinking it will be anytime now since my older ones are 19 months old), but what I've read on here is that you can expect them to molt for 6 to 8 weeks.   Some chickens completely stop laying eggs during that time.

I would assume the other issues are related to the molt but someone with more experience needs to chime in and tell you for sure.

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1. Until they're done. Which isn't a flippant answer. The time can vary greatly. Some seem to drop feathers all at once & recover very quickly, others seem to take forever.
2. Increasing their protein during molting isn't a bad idea. Dry cat food works well for this. Canned fish (Mackerel or Salmon) is good too as it also provides good fats. 
3. Again wide variety of responses. Some lay all the way through the molt, some not at all. The unusual eggs you described are a result of the stress of molting too.

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Going through first molt for two of my chickens.  Scary sight to see.  I am concerned that they will not grow back quickly and the night are getting cold already.
Is this something to be very concerned about.  going to try and fatten them up a bit with protein.  That was a good suggestion I read here.

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Hi all. I am going through the same exact thing here with 2 of my girls for the first time. They have stopped laying eggs for a couple of weeks now. Here's what they look like. I guess it just takes time.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/58517_coop_013.jpg
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/58517_coop_007.jpg
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/58517_coop_015.jpg
you can see blackies bare bottm in the last one.

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We all need bumper stickers that say "MOLTS HAPPEN"...esp. if its a bird that has a show coming up! LOL

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My four girls are all in various stages of molting.  They stopped laying eggs about 2-3 weeks ago and are eating less as well.  They seem happy and healthy enough otherwise.  Even when they are free ranging, they spend more time relaxing than they used to and take more dirt baths.  I was worried about the amount of feathers in their pen but i guess that isn't going to hurt anything.  They certainly are interesting looking, I'll say that!

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