chicken molt

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by joeys60, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. joeys60

    joeys60 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 7, 2010
    hi one of my marans looks like shes started to molt shes lost alot of feathers and all her tail and big wing feathers. This is the first bird i have had to molt the others are young. I have a few questions. How long dose it take and when will she start laying again. Also how old would she be i belive its her first molt thanks joe
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Usually their first hard molt is around 18 months, but they generally molt about once a year. It lasts around 3 or 4 months; this varies. Some vitamins and protein supplement will help a little. She'll start laying again sometime around when she is through.
  3. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

    Mar 18, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    I supplement their crumbles with calf manna during the molt for extra protein... and the only treat I give them is BOSS... they need protein to make more feathers... then more eggs.

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