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Weather-induced molting?

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

  1. Lizz9311

    Lizz9311 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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