Extended lighting and molting

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mreynol, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. mreynol

    mreynol Hatching

    Mar 23, 2018
    I have used extended lighting over the winter but now some of the hens are looking a little bedraggled. I have checked for lice and mites and find none. I am guessing that they may be trying to molt.

    Does extra daylight prevent molting? Will they now molt normally? Do I need to shut of extra light to stimulate molting?

    Your advice will be appreciated.
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Extra lighting can cause out of season molting. It's one of the many reasons I don't use extra light. They will eventually straighten out again, but I have no experience with it so I don't know how long it will take.
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Supplemental lighting can stop the birds from molting in the fall/winter...
    ....or not, I've seen both. The effects of lighting can be widely varied.

    How old are your birds?
    What is your general geographic location?
    Please add it to your profile, it's easy and then it's always there!
    Climate can play in important part in chickeneering.
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  4. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    I have used light for 25 years & my birds have always molted on time (16-18 months or so). I even had first year birds molt this fall, which was totally weird., but it has been a weird winter. Just my observations.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I always think of you when thinking about lighting.
    There are many different ways that folks apply lighting, yours is probably the most consistent and thus the most consistent affects.
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  6. Clemmy

    Clemmy Chirping

    Mar 16, 2018
    molting is regular; from time to time every chicken molts. if their is a lack of CLEAN water for them, that could very well be the cause. not having water for 24 hours for your hens can lead to molting and decrease in egg laying. ;)

    I hope this helps.

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