molt info?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Gazinga, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    how long does molt typically last for?

    when do they get it?

    do roos do it too?

    do they all stop laying during a molt?

    anything i can do to help them get through it easier?

    how do i know its a molt?
     
  2. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    bump
     
  3. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    bump bump.....anyone?
     
  4. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1-3 months, usually in late summer or early fall. You can estimate how far along a bird is in molt. They molt one feather tract at a time, starting with the head and ending with the abdomen. The primaries molt in a certain order (innermost primary first, followed by second innermost, third innermost...)

    natural, yearly process of replacing feathers. Decreasing daylight hours and hormones cause the molting process

    yes, but some may not molt as intensely

    most do

    add vitamins and minerals to the feed, keep them stress free, they're already stressed during molt

    Lots of feathers EVERYWHERE! Their faces will turn pale, their vents will become puckered, weight will remain the same, the wing feathers will drop off
     
  5. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree with all of the above and they don't lay either.
     
  6. littlelemon

    littlelemon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My older hens all molted at the same time this year-early fall. It was very obvious, bare patches on their wings, necks, etc. They stopped laying completely, and their combs went from red to pink. They became more docile and seemed to really go down in the pecking order, letting the pullets eat first, etc. I don't use any kind of artificial light in the coop and they are just starting to lay again. I'm ready for that bumper crop of eggs again, I've been eating pullet eggs all winter [​IMG]
     

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