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How long is a molt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickcrazzy, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. chickcrazzy

    chickcrazzy In the Brooder

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    I have 18 hens and 2 roos! How long do they molt?
     

  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Not meaning to be sarcastic, but, they'll molt until they're done. How old are they? The first hard molt comes around 18 months, but they have varying degrees of molting before then. Some girls go through a rapid molt... poor chicken looks like she's on her way to the crock pot! Others molt more slowly. My girls didn't read the book about molting age, and all went through a molt during the winter Polar vortex at around 9-12 months old. Expect your molting birds to be a bit grumpy, and you can give them extra meat protein to help them out.
     
  3. chickcrazzy

    chickcrazzy In the Brooder

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    9 of them are 1 year old 8 of them are 5 months and 3 of them are 2 years old. I have a veriety of ages :D
     

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