Sometimes I think my questions are stupid but...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by debilorrah, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    What happens when they molt? What is brooding? I am very new at this - not even a week, but we got 2 eggs already!
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    There is a dictionary in the FAQ section of BYC......

    Molt/Moult: The process of replacing new feathers. Happens every autumn in chickens.

    Brood: 1. A group of chicks, often hatched out together. 2. To care for chicks.

    Brooder: A heated cage in which chicks live until they do not need the heat that a mother would normally give them.

    Broody: A hen that wants to hatch out eggs.

    Clutch: 1. A batch of eggs that are incubated together. 2. All the eggs layed by a hen on consecutive days before she skips a day and starts a new laying cycle.
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    Thank you so much!!! Do they stop laying when they molt/moult?
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    no!..your questions are NOT stupid!...[​IMG]..i have asked them also! some REALLY stupid ones!!..[​IMG]..thats what this site is dummies needing advice....and these guys on here are really good..they will help you out...Wendy
  5. Hen Daddy

    Hen Daddy In the Brooder

    Aug 20, 2008
    Vancouver, WA
    From our experience yes they stop laying when in a molt. Once the molt is over, they lay again.
  6. Peaguy

    Peaguy Songster

    Apr 23, 2007
    Hey debiraymond, from my experience there is no such thing as a stupid question on a forum like this. Questions and the quest of knowledge about a subject are how these forums developed, So why not use them to learn the answers to all your questions (no matter how silly they may seem in your mind) Before long you will find yourself looking back and laughing about how naive you were in the beginning about raising chickens!

    ASK AWAY!!!! :aww
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2008
  7. rhetoric

    rhetoric In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2008
    Western New York
    There's no such thing as a stupid question, only stupid people. Hey, wait... that doesn't sound quite right.

    This website is famous for chicken jargon but also famous for tolerating all questions. If you do use the search function, make sure the search deely is set at "title only" and you're more likely to get fewer, but better hits.

    Our only laying chicken (so far) is going into her nestors, flipping out the wooden decoy eggs, and getting broody on those. Sigh.
  8. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    No question is ever stupid!! I've learned so much from other people asking questions on here.

    If you want a good reference book about chickens there's a really good one out there called "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens" by Gail Damerow. It's pretty complete.

    Welcome to the wonderful (addicting) world of being a chicken parent!! [​IMG]
  9. derby

    derby Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Boonsboro, MD
    Will chickens molt their first year?

  10. Chellester

    Chellester Songster

    Jun 22, 2007
    Nor Cal
    Quote:From what I heard they are not supposed to have their first molt until they are 18 months old, but some of my D'Uccles started molting before they were a year old. I don't know why they started molting so early; maybe the weird weather we've been having lately affected them.

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