Do chickens molt by breed or age?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DDRanch, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. DDRanch

    DDRanch Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    I can't figure it out. It appears some don't molt at all very much. My old BR and a year old Delaware had a hard molt about a month ago. Now, my old Australorpe is almost naked and a BO appears to be starting.

    How does this work? Do they molt by breed, age, weather conditions or ??

  2. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Chickens molt by season the most I think. Mine molt before winter, and then again before summer. To me, it seems as if they are getting their winter and summer clothing, such as a horse does. But, I may not be right, I just thought that because that is when my hens molt.
  3. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    They also molt by age a pullet will not molt unlike a 1 or 2 year old.
  4. That's a great explanation! Chickens are animals, after all, following the turning of the year and its seasons and temperatures. My dogs shed at the same time.
  5. chickenma

    chickenma Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    How long does molt take place? [​IMG] 1 week 1 month?
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months, you never know how long the molt will last.
  7. desert chicken

    desert chicken Hatching

    Aug 27, 2008
    Sandy, UT
    My California Whites, a small x-breed of the leghorn arn't molting at all? I have been waiting for the feathers to fly but so far, nothing. They seem happy though, so I suppose thats what important and now they are doing freezing temperatures at night so I can't see them dumping all their feathers at this time.
  8. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    Quote:How old are they? If they're from this spring, or later, they may not moult until next fall. Or they may have a minor moult in the spring. Some of my younger hens have moulted, some have not.

    Mine have always only moulted in the fall, but that may vary with breed and climate. It's possible that mine shed some of the winter down without me noticing. Mine don't slow or stop laying in the spring like they do in the fall.

    I have several different breeds, and mixed breeds, they haven't all moulted in sync. I still have afew that don't look like they've even started yet, others are nearly finished growing in new feathers, and everything in between. This has worked out well for me, I haven't had any "eggless" time at all. Just some "minimal egg production". I'm so glad, I haven't had o buy store eggs at all this year.

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