Molting question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ace6175, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. ace6175

    ace6175 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2009
    Not sure if this is the right place for it, but when do hens molt? Mine are exactly 18 months, and look pretty raggedy. I see a few more feathers around than usual, and they are laying less eggs, but I'm still getting 3 - 6 eggs daily from 8 hens. Some of them seem to be growing new feathers, also.
    I'm just a little worried that they will molt when the weather turns really cold.
    Does anyone have any experiences they can share with me?
  2. SSO202

    SSO202 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hartwood, VA 22406
    Mine are about the same age....we got them in Feb 09 as day there are 25 of them and the feathers are everywhere...not sure how long it lasts but I need some more eggs...
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Eighteen months is just right for a molt. No worries about them being cold. Mother Nature knows what she's doing.
    My adult flock is smack dab in the middle of their second adult molt @ 29 months. I've upped their protein by offering high protein snacks - cheese, eggs, moderate amounts of dry cat food and just today switched them to gamebird ration (26% protein vs. the 18% in their layer feed). Still offering oyster shell on the side because I have two hens that are laying right through their molt.
  4. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I have a hen laying through her molt as well...I wish they all would.
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    My hens are 18 months also and in bad shape. They need to molt, they look so awful. I did have 2 that molted last winter (at 9 months of age) in December. One of them pretty much had zero feathers and we got a cold spell down to 14 degrees for several nights. (unusual for us to get that cold) She was fine, she snuggled up to my poofy brahma and kept warm.

    So no need to worry about them molting in winter.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by