molting question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickencutie, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. chickencutie

    chickencutie Out Of The Brooder

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    do all chickens stop laying when they molt? B/c I have three hens who are the same age. 2 I'm pretty sure are molting b/c theyre looking kind of crappy and they have stopped laying eggs. My other one, although she looks like she's molting (she's missing a lot of tail feathers and her wings feathers are rough and not nice looking anymore) she still lays every day. So I guess my question is- is she molting too, and if not, does anyone know why if the other two are? Like I said, theyre the exact same age.
     
  2. karenkensek

    karenkensek Out Of The Brooder

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    my girls stop layin when they molt. they gat pretty scraggly looking while molting. when they are done they resume laying.
     
  3. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes most hens will completely stop laying when they molt. Some will even stop for months after the molting process. All depends on the hen. nothing to worry about.
     

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