Molting....how Long?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickie<3, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. chickie<3

    chickie<3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 chickens who are 18 months old....they r all molting..no egg laying....they have cute naked pink butts...When will they get their fuzzy butt back and go back to laying..i actually had to buy a dozen eggs the other day..it killed me.
     
  2. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

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    My hens are molting right now too, I don't know much about it but I think it lasts for about 2 or 3 months.
     
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  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Start to finish, about 3 months.
     
  4. Omah09

    Omah09 Out Of The Brooder

    Won't they get cold over the winter?
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    They'll be fine. Most of their feathers grow in pretty quickly (before hard winter hits), but it takes longer for their bodies to get back to laying eggs. I've had hens practically bald during winter and when I checked on them because I was worried about them keeping warm, they were snuggled between the fluffiest hens I have.
     

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