artificial light

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by neilgal, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. neilgal

    neilgal Out Of The Brooder

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    I've heard that chickens go into molt in this time of the year becouse the days are shorter, and if I'll add artificial light for an extra 3 or 4 hour a day they will grow their feathers again and start laying eggs within a week.
    Is this true?
     
  2. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not within a week they won't. You're not going to speed up the process, just won't extend it.
     
  3. simpsoncj

    simpsoncj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never heard that artificial light does anything for molting at all. I am wondering how long after feathers grow back in do they resume laying? Now I have two questions I'd like answers to!
    I'll keep checking back here to see if anyone has a definitive answer.
    CJ
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    A real molt maybe 1-2 months. Although some people have posted up to 3 months.
    It is suggested that you can increase the protein in their diet to speed up the refeathering process. I don't know if it really speeds it up, but it does take protein to grow feathers so I would think it is a good thing.

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  5. simpsoncj

    simpsoncj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow, okay then. Clearly I just need to be more patient!!! [​IMG]
    Thanks for the answer.
    CJ
     
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Wow, okay then. Clearly I just need to be more patient!!! [​IMG]
    Thanks for the answer.
    CJ

    I feel your pain. My good layers are going through it too. It's my first real molt. Have only had mini molts before. They look so pitiful. [​IMG]

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  7. simpsoncj

    simpsoncj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh Yeah, they looked so scraggly it was pathetic. All of them look great now except for my Big Red, she still looks pathetic. Only she has kept right on laying through the molt. [​IMG]
    CJ
     

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