molting at 20 weeks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by meekasmom, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. meekasmom

    meekasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    81
    0
    99
    Nov 30, 2010
    Elkhart, IN
    I just got 6, 18 week Amber Link pullets and at 20 weeks they appear to be molting. There are feathers everywhere! They haven't laid an egg yet either. Is this molting unusual? Other pullets I have gotten in the past never did this. Any input?
     
  2. dunnmom

    dunnmom Overrun With Chickens

    991
    1,126
    251
    Mar 30, 2016
    Oklahoma
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    35,866
    44,995
    1,256
    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    During their first year, they would not be expected to moult. Do you have any pics that you could post? It could be that they are shedding their juvenile feathers a little later than expected, or most likely something else may be causing the feather loss.
     
  4. That is called the juvenile moult.....Very normal....Mine are done....Looked like a pillow fight went on for two weeks around here...

    Have no worries!

    Cheers!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by