Weather-induced molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lizz9311, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Lizz9311

    Lizz9311 Songster

    Apr 3, 2012
    Central Massachusetts
    Can constant rising and lowering temperatures cause hens to molt? I vaguely recall reading that temperatures can cause such a thing, but cannot recall where or if the weather pattern we've been experiencing in central Mass. would even be enough to cause a bird to molt.

    There are two reasons I'm thinking at least one of my hens might be molting: 1. there are feathers all over their enclosed pen/coop and 2. we're not getting very many eggs. (10 laying hens and only 2 or 3 eggs a day.) I know it might partially be because of their recent stress in being moved to a new home; I'm just curious if someone might be molting because of all the feathers and the weather changes.

    Thanks in advance!

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