Moulting???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kwynn's birds Alaska, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. kwynn's birds Alaska

    kwynn's birds Alaska Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many times a year do chickens moult? There's feathers everywhere, I see bald patches, and feather regrowth. They were just starting to lay well because of the warmer weather, and suddenly slowed for the last few days, and now I got 1 egg from 21 hens [​IMG]

    i really thought that they only did it once a year, or is it like my dogs shedding,...once in the fall, once in the spring?
     
  2. chickensforever

    chickensforever Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep, they molt twice a year. I'm pretty sure it's the fall molt that is bigger, but it could be the other way around.
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    My birds didn't go through their first real molt until they were over a year and a half. They had some mini molts. They didn't stop laying altogether but did slow up alot.
     
  4. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

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    My chickens haven't had a molt yet., even though we're going into autumn now.

    when do they get their first moults? Mine started laying on January 1st [​IMG]
     

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