Molting Chicken Questions

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chicky Chick Mama, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Chicky Chick Mama

    Chicky Chick Mama Out Of The Brooder

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    Our flock consists of mostly 24 week old RIR and BO, but we have 2 older BS laying hens who are starting to molt.

    1. Do we need to separate them, like placing them in the transition pen, or do I just wait and watch to see if anyone is picking on them?

    2. Is it common for others to pick on the molting chickens? Or is that not a concern?

    3. I thought about using one of the molting hens to sit on some eggs. I know some don't lay during molt, but will she sit?

    Any info you can share with me on molting would be helpful. And thanks, I'm a newbie to the wonderful world of chicken ownership. [​IMG]
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had two molt last year. They were not treated any differently by the others.

    Broody hens will set eggs. I don't know of any way to make a hen go broody.
     
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  3. Chicky Chick Mama

    Chicky Chick Mama Out Of The Brooder

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    We monitor our chickens very closely, since the 'youngsters' are just starting to lay and I know that one of the older ladies hasn't laid for about a week now. But, I caught her sitting on an egg that was obviously not hers a few days ago. (it was a small "newbie" size and different color egg) So, maybe she is going broody on me. Guess we'll just watch for a while and see. Thanks for your help!!!
     
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  4. emrys

    emrys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some molting hens develop a little bit of PMS attitude. "The Enforcer " is the only hen I have molting right now and even the rooster is careful to sneak up on her. She puts up with nothing from the other hens.
     
  5. Chicky Chick Mama

    Chicky Chick Mama Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I saw our RIR rooster try to mount one of our BS hens and she slammed him into the water bucket. It was hilarious! That makes sense now!
     

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