Chickens molting? No eggs? How long?!?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickities4, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. Chickities4

    Chickities4 Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens are experiencing their first molt! It started in the middle of October and they still aren't laying much. What's the weirdest thing about this is that I have two different age groups. I have 5 that are over a year and a half, and then I have 11 that are not even a year old yet. This is the first time all of them are molting. Is this normal for all of them to do it at the same time?? Any help will be appreciated!
    Carrie
     
  2. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    I feel your pain. My chickens have also decided to leave work and get a new wardrobe. [​IMG]

    I don't know much about the correlated molting. My chickens do seem to molt in pairs or groups, so I don't see it a great surprise that yours did all at once.

    They'll be fine, just make sure to give them extra protein so they can grow their feathers back quickly and start to lay again.

    Best of luck with them! Although your hens may never forgive you, now is the time to take some pictures! [​IMG]
     

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