Molt before ever laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cherrypie, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Cherrypie

    Cherrypie Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Marans and a RIR that should have started laying by now but haven't. I've noticed feathers all over the place and I'm wondering if they went straight to molting and skipped laying. Is that possible? There is still plenty of sunlight here in Washington, so I'm surprised that they would start molting.
     
  2. popcornpuppy

    popcornpuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are the chickens?
    Have there been any changes that may have upset them such as new flock members, preditors scarring them, modifications to the coop?

    Stress can bring on molting, but it's not the only reason. I don't know enough to answer if they can skip laying and go into a molt. So I thought I would bring up the simple things first, and maybe some one with a better idea can chime in to help out.
     
  3. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I asked that once before - I think they don't techncally molt, they shed their baby feathers
     
  4. Cherrypie

    Cherrypie Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thank you for this link. My girls are approximately 22-24 weeks (not sure on age because I didn't raise them from hatching) and they have red wattles and yellowing feet, so I've been expecting something any day. All I'm getting are lots of full size feathers in the coop and hen house.
     
  5. lindym

    lindym Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Hmmmm, I think it is the Washington weather [​IMG]. Mine are 21 and 22 weeks. We had sporadic egg laying 3 weeks ago and now all we find are feathers [​IMG]

    Linda
     
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  6. Cherrypie

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    Hmmmm, I think it is the Washington weather [​IMG]. Mine are 21 and 22 weeks. We had sporadic egg laying 3 weeks ago and now all we find are feathers [​IMG]

    Linda

    Oh that's a sad thought. Waiting until spring? Ugh. [​IMG]
     
  7. thewarriorchild

    thewarriorchild Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine just did!
     

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