molting question

Cha Cha Chicken

Chirping
9 Years
Sep 5, 2010
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sorry for double posting.... my previous post was caught awash in the vast sea of new posts.
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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.....
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IroquoisEgg

Songster
9 Years
May 30, 2010
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Fair Oaks, CA
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.
 

Sunshine Chick 1

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 12, 2009
81
1
39
Longwood, Florida
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.
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Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
12 Years
Feb 2, 2009
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Southeast Louisiana

Sunshine Chick 1

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 12, 2009
81
1
39
Longwood, Florida
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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