Molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rebeccamariemiller, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. rebeccamariemiller

    rebeccamariemiller Out Of The Brooder

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    How long does it take for them to molt and start laying again.
    They layed last winter so I know it can't be the winter.
    It has been about 2-3 weeks [​IMG]
     
  2. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    The first season they lay seems to be unaffected by the short winter days but after that they do respond to them. Give extra protein during the molt to help them finish it quicker Scrambled egg, meat scraps, anything high in protein and low in salt. Maybe a higher protein feed would help too. Tractor supply has one that is a grower feed. It is not medicated. Since she won't be laying for a bit i would consider it. It sometimes can take a month to 6 weeks to get over the molt and I have heard of even longer. I hope yours is a gentle molt. Jean
     
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, I would say 8 to 12 weeks is not uncommon at all, depends how many hens you have. Kinda like a female thing eh? It varys alot.

    bigzio
     

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