Molting question

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  1. nkacerek

    nkacerek Out Of The Brooder

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    What is the normal molting period for RIR's?
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
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    Depends on the age and health of the bird. Figure about 2 months.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    These sites might interest you. I think they kind of answer your question. It's good information anyway.

    Mississippi State describes molting
    http://msucares.com/poultry/management/poultry_feathers.html

    Kansas State feather loss
    http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/library/lvstk2/mf2308.pdf

    I could read your question a couple of different ways. If you mean, how long does a molt last, it varies. The K State link answers that. If your question is when will they molt, the main cause of molting is the days getting shorter, but other things can cause it. Running out of water for a while, being scared by a predator, anything that stresses them can cause it.
     
  4. nkacerek

    nkacerek Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much for the information!!!
     

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