Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lous Eggmoble, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. I am surprised to notice some of my hens are starting to molt, since having shorter daylight times. My question is and since I haven't kept laying hens in a few years. Is it normal for them to molt with the on-set of winter. Here in upstate New York it gets rather cold. Last year I kept them laying really well as I used a timer on a light that would come on around 4:30 A.M. This year I am giving them a rest. They have been laying well over a year, so they do need the rest
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    It is pretty normal for chickens to start molting in the fall and winter. Most of my birds start molting around October, but a couple wait until December or January before beginning.
  3. SunnySky

    SunnySky Chirping

    May 4, 2014
    Washington State
    Yep totally normal. Mine just finished molting. We had freezing temps while they were molting and they all did fine. I don't do anything special for them during that time either. Now I get a dozen eggs a day!:)
  4. Thnaks for the info

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