If chooks molt @ 18 mo. (and yearly?), then when....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gritsar, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    can I expect my flock to molt again? They are 28 months old (near about, hatched 4/8/2007). They molted around the 18 month mark. Now 10 months later I think they are about to molt again.
    Sound about right?
    My daily egg count has dwindled from excellent (10 egg daily/13 hens), down to 5 daily, then 3, now nothing; over the course of about two weeks.
    I'm also noticing that every time my roo mates a hen feathers go flying everywhere. He's a gentle roo and this is usually not the case.
     

  2. pgpoultry

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    Mine do a big moult about once a year and mini moults in the hot weather. My Brahmas don't really have a moult apart from the boys losing the biggest of their tail feathers and a few from their feet and legs. I would have thought, if your egg production has gone off and the feathers are flying that yours are going into moult.

    Last year we had a very cold spring and summer here and mine barely moulted at all, so I am sure that the ambient temperature influences the amount of feather loss.

    Sandie
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Thanks for the reply. [​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Well, four eggs today so if they are molting I'm hoping it will be a mild one and collectively they will produce enough eggs to supply my family.
    No mites, no illness, no parasites. I'm almost positive its a molt.
     

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