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Newbie Molting Question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thompsonfarm, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. thompsonfarm

    thompsonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens are about 8 months old right now and it's getting pretty cold here in north east Ohio. I have 22 chickens and it only looks like one of them is just beginning to molt. I was wondering when they usually molt? I was under the impression that they would all be molting around this time of year but I guess I was mistaken...? If anyone knows when please let me know! We get nasty winters here and I don't want my babies to me naked!
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    They probably won't molt this year, as they are pullets. I've had a few go through a minor molt at 9 months, but not a hard molt. And even if they drop a lot of feathers, they'll be fine and snuggle up to the ones with feathers - and they grow them in pretty fast.
     
  3. ErinG

    ErinG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine did not molt the first year. They were born last spring are just molting now.
     
  4. thompsonfarm

    thompsonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys! I feel better now!
     
  5. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    I hear they usually molt in the late summer, although I've had mine years and none of them have ever molted. Must be the Australian weather, messing around with their mechanisms. [​IMG]
     

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