NOT molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by raro, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. raro

    raro In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2010
    Hi, all,
    I got 5 red sex-links a few years ago, was so naive that I believed the guy who sold them to me when he said they were around 20 weeks old. Well, they never did molt, not even "soft" molting, and then they began to stop laying, and now 3 of them have died, of old age, I'm sure.
    Anyway, I have added 5 other chickens since then, and none of them has ever molted. The 5 other chickens are about a year old now. I always thought they would molt their first year in the fall. Not that I'm complaining, but are there breeds that simply don't ever molt?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    All birds will molt. But to answer your question, they normally endure their first full molt in their second autumn but I have a breed that molt their first autumn.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I had some mix breed hens that never went through a molt ever. It is strange! But I'm not complaining [​IMG]

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