Regarding molting....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nikki28, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Nikki28

    Nikki28 David Bowie is my co-pilot

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    I know that chickens usually molt around 18 months If I get girls that are a few months (4-5) younger than my current red stars would my red stars molting cause them to molt also or is it individual specific?
     
  2. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It usually happens in seasons. Losing their old feathers makes leeway for new feathers to grow in. It is not contagious, all birdies get it!!



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  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It's often a combo of age, enviornment, and genetics. Not to worry, it's normal.
     
  4. Nikki28

    Nikki28 David Bowie is my co-pilot

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    Oops I wasnt clear at all. Would it happen at the same time as the red stars.
    I know that egg production stops when they molt so would the younger hens continue to lay when my girls are not and then molt at a later time....does that make sense? I've had ALOT of caffine sorry.

    -basically I want to keep getting eggs all year so would a 4 -5 month age difference be too close and cause the younger ones to molt at the same time or does it not work that way.
     
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  5. Nikki28

    Nikki28 David Bowie is my co-pilot

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    Also out of your own experience how much does egg production slow down after a molt?
     
  6. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is very induvigual!!!!!![ sorry for spelling blurps, I am bad with big words, it hurts may head!!!![​IMG]] Dont worry if ur stars molt, the other chicks will molt when they are ready!!
     
  7. Nikki28

    Nikki28 David Bowie is my co-pilot

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    Quote:Thanks! [​IMG]
     

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