Forced Molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by brooster, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    My hens are a year old, and have not molted yet as they have artificial lighting. Once this years chicks begin to lay, i want to put the older girls in a molt, they need it. How would i get them to molt ? I read to put them in the dark garage with 8 hours of light and only water, and just a little scratch each day. Sounds kinda mean not feeding them, but if that is what it takes, i will do it.
     
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I was wondering about my girls the other day - they are also a year old and no molt yet - I am worried as winter isn't that far off, they can NOT molt in winter - they'll DIE, it gets way tooo cold here.
     
  3. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    California
    My 13 month old hens are just starting to moult. I am sure others will weigh in on your questions, but I am learning that chickens need even more protein and continued good food, when growing feathers than when laying eggs. It's hard on them.

    Anne
     
  4. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why not just expose them to natural daylight/dark cycles, and let nature take it's course? My chickens moult every fall, all by themselves, it's easier on them than artificially inducing a natural process.

    I don't stop feeding them when they moult.
     
  5. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    i need eggs all year long, so i want to have them molt at different times.
     
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Quote:For me I just don't want my chickens losing all their feathers when the weather goes below zero - nature or not.
     

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