summer molt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kristip, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. kristip

    kristip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2010
    New Glarus
    I have two girls, my more dominant girls in a small coop that seem to be molting around their head. I just got them in the fall and no one molted in fall/winter that I know of. is this normal to lost feathers, most around head/comb/face in summer? This could be why egg production is low too? How long does it last.

  2. MomKat

    MomKat Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2011
    Mobile, AL
    I am also wondering about a molt - I'm seeing lots of feathers, but my girls still look okay. They're 18 1/2 weeks, RIRs, not laying yet, but I think they're close. Could they be molting before they lay? Or is this something to do with the heat or something else?
  3. thwoody28

    thwoody28 Out Of The Brooder

    May 11, 2011
    Wedowee, Alabama
    Chickens will molt at about 18 months of age. Molting may take 2 to 4 months. The summer time heat seams to effect mine too - I really make sure that their water is cool and not hot and clean,

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