How long does molting last???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by grassycreek, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. grassycreek

    grassycreek New Egg

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    We purchased four yearling plymouth white rocks about a month ago, three of which were molting (actually almost finished according to the person from whom I bought them). And those three still haven't started to lay - should I be worried? Am I doing something wrong? Was I crazy to buy 1-year old layers? thanks!!
     
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    I haven't been through a molt yet (this fall), but my understanding is that it takes roughly six weeks for most chickens to go through a molt.

    Since yours were molting on top of being moved it's possible that it may take them a few weeks longer to settle in and start to lay. Give em time... they'll give you eggs pretty soon.
     

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