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How long do chickens molt?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 5j's, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. 5j's

    5j's Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to this, and I really appreciate all your responses. I'm here in massachusetts and last week one of my birds started loosing feathers. Today another of my birds the same thing. Is this normal for time of year? How long will this go on for? thanks!!
     
  2. shepherd

    shepherd Out Of The Brooder

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    My birds have been doing the same thing for a few weeks now and its showing in the egg count. I was getting seven eggs a day now all im getting is two if im lucky, plus the bald hens I got now. But I havent seen a change in my birds in 2-3 weeks so far so I dont know.
     
  3. bgelber

    bgelber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is normal for this time of year. How long it last I don't know since this is my first year of having birds. I do know my back yard looks like a couple of chickens exploded there are so many feathers.
     
  4. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    It can vary greatly from bird to bird. Some seem to drop their feathers all at once & feather back very quickly, others molt by sections & can take a few weeks. I have one Red Pyle Modern Game who seems always to be molting one part of his body or another.
     
  5. 5j's

    5j's Out Of The Brooder

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    good thoughts11
     
  6. littleplucky

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    my hens is 3 yrs old will she still molt?
     
  7. LeJeune1

    LeJeune1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some breeds dont molt each year, such as phoenix and phoenix crosses.
     

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