*Molt question*

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by papinator, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. papinator

    papinator Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sure this has been posted before somewhere, so I'm sorry if it's a repeat!
    I just got my ladies in September and haven't had to deal with a molt yet, so I was wondering if, in general, the whole flock molts at around the same time or if it's more of an individual "decision".
     
  2. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have been molting for awhile now, not all exactly at once but seems like there have been feathers everywhere for some time. Like there was a crazy pillow fight out there. I had to move my EE inside because she is NAKED and was being picked on and was hiding under the nesting box. So she is getting spoiled in my isolation cage in the garage for awhile. Others lost not nearly as much and got it back quickly. Cuts way down on egg production, and my EE was my most consistent layer.
     
  3. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My older girls(10 in all) have been taking turns since the beginning of Sept. Been killing my daily egg count and have 3 going thru major molt as we speak.
     
  4. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only have one girl molting. She's a Jersey Giant and now has a totally naked neck. I did see a RIR feather so she may be next.
     
  5. Makomd

    Makomd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first time dealing with a moult. 9 hens of laying age averaging 7-9 eggs a day for about two months. Now have had 0 eggs for the last 2 weeks. Discouraging, especially after putting out a ton of $$$ finishing up a breeding coop.
     
  6. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have four and they appear to be staggering their molting. Poor things. My BO stopped laying three days ago so I'm guessing she's next and last, just as the the weather is starting to get really cold.
     

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