To Moult or Not...that is the Question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 2DogsFarm, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Of my 5 hens, the Houdan did a fast full moult just after she stopped being broody at the end of August.
    I swear she dropped 90% of her feathers & regrew them in a week!
    The Good News is she regrew her topknot that had been pecked out over last Winter by her flockmates.
    Interestingly, her new coat has much more white in the mottling - I had read this happens as they age, called "becoming gayer" [​IMG]

    About a week ago one of my Delawares began a slow moult - she looks like heck but is covered with new quills.

    The others - another Delaware & 2 Black Stars - do not seem to be moulting at all.

    Can I expect a Feather Explosion from the 3 holdouts anytime soon?

    Egg production is down to 2-3/day - Houdan has not started laying again & I suspect the baldy Delaware has stopped as well.

    If I have to buy eggs I am gonna be one Unhappy Camper [​IMG]
  2. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    They may not molt at all - or they could only partially molt.

    Most of mine are molting now - but they have only lost a few feathers by their tails.

    No one can really predict the timing or severity of a molt. Just have to play it by ear.

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