Teach me about molting...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mattake2, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Mattake2

    Mattake2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm still pretty new to raising chickens & was wondering if you all could share some info about molting. How long does it last? When does it start? I've heard that it affects egg production. I really don't know anything about it.
     
  2. Mattake2

    Mattake2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Very helpful! Thanks ChickenToes.
     
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Chicks moult 3 times in their first year. First they lose the baby down, then they lose their "teenaged" feathers and then they get their first adult feathers.
    I know that they can change colours, patterns in that first year.
    When we first got Obelisk she was solid black but she's grown in some white splash feathers with successive moults.
     

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