Early Molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thistlecreek, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. thistlecreek

    thistlecreek Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 27, 2014
    Central Iowa
    It appears that some of my ladies which were born back in February are starting to molt. It is the correct time of year, but aren't they a little young? I check them often for mites and we just constructed and moved them into a brand new (huge) coop . We've started lighting it, but I'm wondering since there was a lag between starting the lights, if this stimulated the molting. Any advice is appreciated.
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I've had 9 month old pullets molt. It's usually not a heavy most, just losing their tails and looking a bit scruffy. It's enough to disrupt lay I my for a while though. Give them high protein treats to help them.

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