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How long do chickens moult for?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stone_family3, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    My EE stopped laying 2 months ago, moulted last month and thought she was done. Now she's back to looking scruffy and no eggs [​IMG]
  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    4 weeks to 4 months. All depends on the bird.

  3. juliawitt

    juliawitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2009
    In the 30s all week. My favorite Dom, is so bald, she looks plucked. She waits till now??? My hens started molting about 3 months ago. One or two at a time. Right now, I have 5 in a disreputable state. The Dom is the worst! I wish they didn't wait until freezing weather to change their clothes. I know it's natural, but Wow, it's certainly startling. I'm hoping this last group, is truly the last. My chickens typically start looking (and acting better) in 3-4 weeks.
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Mine take roughly 3 months. My first chicken to molt this year quit laying on 9/16 and she's all filled back in and her comb isn't looking shriveled anymore, so she should be starting back up soon.

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