Two Questions about molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dr1939, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. dr1939

    dr1939 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I have two questions about molting.
    1. Is it too late in the season for chickens to just now start to molt? I got 2 RIR's Friday and they looked alright, but now today they are showing signs of starting to molt.
    2. Do chickens lay while molting or do they wait until they are through molting?

    Thanks
     
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Usually chickens molt in the spring or fall but some will molt in the winter. Mine did. And no they don't lay while molting because their feathers are 85% protein and they cant put their protein towards both eggs and feathers.
     
  3. dr1939

    dr1939 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the reply and for the links they were very informative.
     
  4. little farmer

    little farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] Three out of the four chickens in my flock have molted. One died in the process (she broke her neck. :( ) but Bisquick just started molting and Snappers is almost done!!!!
     

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