How long does it take for hens to lay after moulting???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by boxwoman, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. boxwoman

    boxwoman Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone know how long it takes after the feathers grow back after a moult??? Seems like forever!!!!
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Some hens molt a lot faster than others. With some it is a couple of months (I think my Australorp was faster than that) With some it is 5 months. Here are a couple of links that discuss it. If you read both, I think they'll help you understand it better.

    Mississippi State describes molting
    http://msucares.com/poultry/management/poultry_feathers.html

    Kansas State feather loss
    http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/library/lvstk2/mf2308.pdf

    Some of mine start laying real soon after a molt is finished. Some take a while. Some lay better in cold weather than others. I think the real answer to your quetion is that it varies by the individual.
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Quote:It depends whether it's a mini molt or a full blown molt. A mini molt could take a few weeks more or less. A full blown molt could take several months more or less.
     

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