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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jtr, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. jtr

    jtr Chirping

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    what does it mean for a chicken to molt? what does it do to them?
     

  2. jtr

    jtr Chirping

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    so when will this happen to the will it for sure happen
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    It depends when they hatched. Most will begin their first adult molt between 12 and 18 months. But I've had some pullets go through a minor molt at 9 months.

    You'll know when it's happening. They will quit laying and it will look like a pillow exploded in your yard.
     
  4. jtr

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    does it make them look better or worse?
     
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    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Worse while they molt, better after.
     
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    will they look pretty again after its all done
     

  7. A few of my new ones started molting and there are a lot of feathers on the ground
     

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