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Molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jake1297, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. Jake1297

    Jake1297 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When do chickens molt? Do all chickens molt? Reason I'm asking is I have been raising chickens for 5 years now and never had 1 molt. I have nine different breeds. So, is this normal?
     
  2. BorneHomestead

    BorneHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you use artificial light? That can cause a chicken not to go through a full molt.

    Chickens will molt one complete and three partial molts during its growth to point of lay. Generally, complete molting occurs from 1-6 weeks of age, and partial molting at 7-9 weeks, 12-16 weeks and 20-22 weeks. During this final molt, the stiff tail feathers grow.
    When they are 16-18 months of age they will start their annual molt.
     
  3. Jake1297

    Jake1297 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't use any artificial light in the coop. I remember when they were young they were growing out their larger feathers, just didn't know this was a type of molt. As for being older and molting, hasn't happened yet. I have about 50 chickens. More than half of them (RR Bard Rock, Cochin) are over two years old with no molting.
     

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