?? about molting

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickapooh23, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. Chickapooh23

    Chickapooh23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This year will be my first molt...my chickens too.[​IMG]

    I have 5 adult laying hens, 1 EE 15 months, 2 EE 13 months, and 2 buckeyes 10 months. My buckeye's (not a year old) have stopped laying. I have gotten 1 egg in 2 wks and that was a wk ago. This morning I noticed red feathers everywhere under the roost. I have been following them around for days trying to see if they are hiding their eggs. Today is no exception, they just came into the barn and I went out and they are pulling their feathers out. Is this the molt? Is this what they do? I knew they stopped laying and lost feathers but I have been waiting for my EE to do this.

    They have been laying since April. When do EE start to molt? They are looking shabby and aren't laying as regular. The Buckeyes hatched 5 Nov. so I thought they would be a while.
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Sounds like normal molting. Fall is the usual time to molt, so they can grow new feathers for the winter coming. Good luck,

    Imp
     

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