My hens haven't molted yet.....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by plc, May 24, 2012.

  1. plc

    plc In the Brooder

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    I think they are about a year old, I thought they would molt by now? Or will it be in the fall?

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  2. Molting usually occurs at the end of the first full summer, or early fall of that year. Last fall they would have been too young........Pop
     
  3. plc

    plc In the Brooder

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  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    It's age, not time of year, that determines molt. The first BIG molt is usually between 18-20 months of age. Yours have already gone through several mini-molts as they shed plumage to get their adult plumage.
     
  5. Janay

    Janay Chirping

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    My chickens are 8 1/2 months old and it is getting really cold around here now. As far as I know, none of them have molted. Egg laying has not been reduced. Should I be worried? They are all Red Stars. I am not adding extra light to the coop.
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  6. JanetS

    JanetS Songster

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    No, chickens don't usually start molting until they're around 18 months.
     
  7. alogue5173

    alogue5173 Chirping

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    My alpha rooster and my original set of hens are now about a year and a half old. I got them all April before last. I figured they would be molting now, but to my surprise none are. My roo who is usually kinda thick feathered and fluffy is looking a little sparse in the feathering around the hackle and saddle areas, but doesn't really have any bald spots. I also see a good bit of feathers around the edges of the pen, but all of my hens look fine, no bald spots on them either. Can chickens molt without going bald like a lot of the pics of naked chickens I see?
     
  8. JanetS

    JanetS Songster

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    Yes!
     
  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

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    Yes, some go through more gradual molts and don't look bald.
     
  10. One Chick Two

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    I agree. Some of our chickens went through a juvenile molt and there were many feathers laying around, although nobody went bald. We figured it out when one cockerel was dropping off some of his wing feathers. Even though they all freerange/ have good supplemental feed/ scraps and treats, we made sure to add more protein to everyone's diet. They all seem to be growing in a very nice shiny feathers.
     

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