Newbie question......might be kind of dumb

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by txreddirtgirl, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. txreddirtgirl

    txreddirtgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    but what does molting have to do with egg laying? I mean, do they molt right before they lay? After? At what age? Any info on molting and egg laying will be appreciated! Thanks!
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    They stop laying while they molt. It's their bodies' natural way of taking a rest from egg laying and replenishing their feathers.
     
  3. Darlasmum

    Darlasmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Molting takes so much out of them, somethings got to give. And so egg production drops, grouchiness rises. I believe most molt in the fall, old feathers are replaced w/ new. Newer/better feathers will keep them warm thru winter. Anybody else w/ thoughts?
     
  4. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    good info you 2...thanks [​IMG]
     
  5. txreddirtgirl

    txreddirtgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome! Makes sense now!! Thanks!
     
  6. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Folks say to start looking for a molt in September, but of course it will vary by location.
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I do give my birds higher protein feed when they are molting to help them with growing in their new feathers, the only problem is that they usually don't all molt at the same time and I have had birds molt in the winter. My birds molts usually last about a month. Many times I also add vitamins with electrolytes in their water, especially, when it is hot out. They usually stop laying during their molt but can lay an egg during their molt.
     

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