How long do chickens molt?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by toyahansen, May 4, 2009.

  1. toyahansen

    toyahansen Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2009
    Chaparral, NM
    All of my chickens are molting and they are too ugly to believe! How long does this cycle last?????
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    How old are they? My chickens went thru a mini-moult in the 7 to 9 month range. I'm told the first full moult around 18 months will be much worse.
    You can try upping their protein intake to help them grow in the new feathers faster. I used scrambled eggs, yogurt, dry cat food (in limited amounts), cheese and black oil sunflower seeds.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I've had some who had an extended molt that lasted months on end. (those never quit laying, or didn't quit for ages). Some molt fast, only taking a month or so.

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