Do Sex-Link Chickens Molt?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by RedStarLady1207, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. RedStarLady1207

    RedStarLady1207 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 4, 2012
    Maryland, USA
    I have 3 Red Star sex-links and I've yet to see any feathers come off, except an odd one or two, here and there. Do production birds not molt all at once, or at all? When can I expect this to happen, if at all. I received my birds May 2012 and they were between 15 and 17 weeks old. They won't be 'hens' until next Feb/Mar. I sure hope they don't molt in the dead of winter. Might get a bit chilly.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2012
  2. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

    Dec 16, 2011
    They usually molt around the 1 year mark. If its in the middle of winter i know there are some easy knitting/crochet patterns for chicken vests, if you want to make them or you could buy them. Oh, when they molt, Black Oil Sunflower Seeds are great for shiny feathers. Strict amounts of cat food speed up the process, but ONLY very little amounts!!!!!
  3. gpwelding1

    gpwelding1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2011
    upstate south carolina
    i have one that is molting right now,along with my blue laced red wyandott rooster
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Your birds will molt in the fall of 2013. They molt first at 18-ish months, that's also when they usually take their first break from laying.

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