Question about Molting

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  1. pmheishman

    pmheishman New Egg

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    We plan on getting Rhode Island Red laying hens in the Spring, which will be our first attempt at having backyard chickens. My question is about the molting process. If I buy, say 6 laying hens, and then 6 months later, buy 6 more laying hens, will the chickens go through the molting process at the same time? I was wondering if the the ages of the hens are different, then perhaps we would continue to get eggs if the chickens molt at different times.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Having hens of a staggered age may help. Age along with daylength, stressors all have an impact on molting and egg production.
     
  3. pmheishman

    pmheishman New Egg

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    Thanks!
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Usually pullets (especially of commercial egg layers like sex links or white leghorns) will lay through their first winter and molt their second. A lot of people stagger their flock by thirds like you say, getting 1/3 new chicks every spring with the assumption that those will lay through the winter while the older ones are molting, and culling the oldest 1/3 when they quit laying in the fall.
     
  5. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Kelsie is correct. As we experienced last year, our new pullets did not molt, but the hens that were over a year old did.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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