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

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    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

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    4 weeks to 4 months. All depends on the bird.

    Matt
     
  3. juliawitt

    juliawitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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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