summer molt?

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

  1. kristip

    kristip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.

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  2. MomKat

    MomKat Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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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