Is it OK to cull chickens when they are molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by skysterry, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. skysterry

    skysterry New Egg

    Oct 17, 2012
    We have 7 chicks that are about 3-4 weeks old, and it is about time to move them into the larger hen yard, so this means that the old hens must go, city says we can only have 6 anyway. The older hens are in molt, is it ok to harvest them for food during the molting?
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    It should be fine. Less feathers for plucking!

    They might in threory be a little lighter when molting, but as there's not a ton of meat on a hen I don't see as you'd notice anyway. And I don't see how it would be worth feeding them longer to bring them back to condition and regrow all those feathers for maybe a pound of meat total among them all.

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