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molting question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cha Cha Chicken, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Cha Cha Chicken

    Cha Cha Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry for double posting.... my previous post was caught awash in the vast sea of new posts.[​IMG]
    was wondering if My 12 week old girls will start molting like full grown chickens or will they go through a partial molt because they arent adult?
    they have just a teeny bit of feather loss.....[​IMG]
     
  2. IroquoisEgg

    IroquoisEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am by no means an expert on the subject but my understanding is that the young ones go through a partial molt, and the big full molt is around 18 months or so. So, next year at this time they'll be going through a full molt.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    They will go through a juvenile molt. You'll see feathers around, but they won't look bare.
     
  4. Sunshine Chick 1

    Sunshine Chick 1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine are molting and I am trying to find out how long they molt? this is our first real molting. I have gone from 22-24 eggs a day to some days only 8. My regular customers are getting upset cause I don't have fresh eggs for them. [​IMG]
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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  6. Sunshine Chick 1

    Sunshine Chick 1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you Ridge Runner. That was very educational reading. This is our first molting cause our hens will be 2 in March so they seem to be right on track with what I read. Thanks again and have a GREAT day.
     

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