Molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TroyerGal, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was wondering... Can chickens molt without losing ALL their feathers? My hens aren't laying much, so i was wondering if it's molting or something. [​IMG]
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    Many peeps are experiencing reduced egg production at this time. 2 factors to consider. First, and most likely are the effects of shorter daylight. That seem to coincide with many chickens going thru molt at this time. Molt can vary from light to heavy. Another thing to know about molt, it occurs at different times of the year as well. It is just very common before winter sets in.
    WISHING YOU BEST.. [​IMG]
     
  3. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    certain hens will molt differently. for example, my barred rocks lose almost all their feathers when molting, while my Buff Orpington slowly grows new feathers under the old ones. I couldn't agree more, cavemanrich. [​IMG]
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Some lose them almost all at once then walk around looking like pin cushions, some stretch it out over weeks and weeks.
    Could be...how old are they?
     
  5. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL, they look so funny.:lol:
     
  6. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    They were chicks in april... the others are a tiny bit older :)
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Usually birds won't molt their first fall....but it's not unprecedented.
    There can be many reasons they slow down or stop laying....
    .......breed, nutrition, environment, stress(many possibilities).
     
  8. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks... I think it's prolly just weather. I'll see what happens :)
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    First thing to check if you free range.
    Check vents and pelvic points...and if they appear to be laying, lock em up.

    Vent Appearance:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying.

    Pelvic Points 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.

    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 3-4 days (or longer) can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. Fake eggs/golf balls in the nests can help 'show' them were to lay. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.


    Other things are.... protein levels...housing size......new flock additions...predator attempts.
     
  10. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    We DID just get some new flock additions... And they stress each other out. Their coop is HUGE, and they are free range (on 8 acres).
     

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