- May 22, 2015
How old is a hen when she starts to molt?
Feeding lots of protein won't stop them from molting. Molting is how their old feathers get replaced. They need new feathers to help stay warm. Old, ragged feathers do not hold in warmth very well. The birds that haven't molted in three years must look pretty ragged.Thanks for starting this new thread. I have two hens in year three, many in year two and multiple in their first year. I have not had any molting yet. Maybe I had a little at one point but not noticeable.
I read in the other thread that upping their protein could help during the molt, so I am wondering if upping the protein all the time helps prevent the molting? I have always fed them raw hamburger meat 2-3 times a week that they just go nuts over, maybe this has helped. (in addition to their regular protein chicken laying crumble feed).
So I guess I am asking if some people NEVER experience molting, or will my day come?
It could be that some of your girls are such subtle molters that you've never actually noticed them molting. I've got a few like that.June, none of my ladies look ragged at all. Maybe it is because they have so much free range room and dirt and sandy places to bathe. They are constantly digging in an existing hole or digging new ones to ruffle their feathers in the dirt. I guess that is why they maybe have not "needed" to molt, or as you say it, their feathers don't look ragged so they might not need to. Whatever the case, we seem to get a regular output of feathers from the flock as they naturally prune themselves nightly while they roost, so that must be all my ladies are needing to do.