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

    Jul 13, 2009
    New Milford
    Anyone know how long it takes after the feathers grow back after a moult??? Seems like forever!!!!
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    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

    Kansas State feather loss

    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 Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    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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