Molting

2hot2chicken

Songster
8 Years
Jul 15, 2011
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Beaverton
When a hen is molting how long does it usually take to molt and is it something slow
or do they loose quit a few feathers at once or 1 here and 1 there?
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
13 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
336
661
SW Arkansas
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There are fast molters and chickens that take months to complete a molt. Some chickens lose feathers so gradully that you can't really tell they are molting; they just look a tad scruffy. Others seem to drop all their feathers at once and look awful until the new feathers come in.
I have what I call a supersonic molter. Took her a total of about a week to complete the whole process. She now looks great and is back to laying. Her "sisters" are dropping a feather here, a feather there....
 

teach1rusl

Love My Chickens
10 Years
Jul 28, 2009
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181
356
Floyds Knobs, Indiana
My Coop
My Coop
So far, my hens have only done the fast molts (Fall/Winter). Each morning it'd look like someone had torn open a feather pillow in their coop - they looked like mangy dogs for a good month...and in cold weather
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But my rooster molts slowly.
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Other than his tail, he looks pretty much the same year round.
 

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