How long does molting last???

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

  1. grassycreek

    grassycreek Hatching

    May 27, 2008
    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

    May 24, 2007
    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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