Questions about molting :/

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by happyhens44, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    I Just got chickens this spring and im confussed

    when will they start molting?

    and is it true that pullets stop laying while molting?


    and how long does molting usually take?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    What I noticed was, a partial molt around 6 months and a full one around 18 months.

    Yes, usually.

    About a month or two, but it varies a lot.
     
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  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:When were they hatched?
     
  4. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    Well I have 10 chickens


    4 where bought from a feed store March 26 ( I am going to guess they were 1 week, tops.)

    2 were bought frim the feed store, April 8th ( I am going to guess they were 1 week, tops.)


    4 where bought from a feed store , April 23 ( I am going to guess they were 1 week, tops.)


    So March 26 hatch are about, 30.8 Weeks old and like 7.7 months about....

    April 8th Hatch are about, 29.8 weeks old, and are about 7.4 months

    April 23 hatch are about, 26.7 weeks old, and are about 6.6 months...
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    They are all effectively young adults. For many breeds, excepting the slow growing, near full adult size and first adult feathering realized by 6 months. The first adult feather set will then carry over into the 2011 molting season (next fall). My youngest cohort which will not be in adult feathers until mid-March will molt into second adult feather set at same time as yours in 2011.
     

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