Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 2hot2chicken, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. 2hot2chicken

    2hot2chicken Songster

    Jul 15, 2011
    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?
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote: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....
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    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 [​IMG] But my rooster molts slowly. [​IMG] Other than his tail, he looks pretty much the same year round.

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