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Do chickens molt before they're mature?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Summer Dreams, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Summer Dreams

    Summer Dreams New Egg

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    I'm a newbie to raising chickens, and I am wondering about molting. I have 15 chickens who are just over 3 months old. Will they molt even though they aren't mature? I've noticed some feathers on the ground near the coop, but none of them are looking scraggly yet.
     
  2. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    They go through a couple molts on their way to maturity. None as spectacular as their annual molt once they're mature... But yes, they are molting, and yes, it's perfectly normal!
     
  3. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
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  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    They're constantly molting the first summer until fully grown. Losing smaller feathers as the adult plumage comes in. The first true molt which can be hard leaving them near naked wont occur until next fall.
     

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