What age do chickens start molting?!?!?!?!?!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Fussy8, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. Fussy8

    Fussy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The title mostly sums it up! Also i ask this question because my rooster is being pecked at by our hens and now his back feathers are almost all gone underneath! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    It varies but usually about 18 months for the first full molt. But it's usually in the fall so it could be much earlier. I have a flock hatched in march that almost all molted this year starting at about 8 months.
     
  3. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I have young ones that are going through a partial molt. Nothing serious like I've seen here. From what I've read, it's usually their second fall. So 18 months is a good bet as any [​IMG]
     
  4. Fussy8

    Fussy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks then what should i do about my hens attacking my roo?!?!
     
  5. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is something called no pick made by rooster booster,google it
     
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Quote:Provide your birds with gamebird feed, it has higher protein content than layer feed. That should stop the picking/pecking. Rooster Booster 'Black Salve' is better than the 'no pick.' I've used the 'no pick' and my birds gobbled it up like it was a treat. They didnt mess with the 'black salve,' it also contains healing ingredients. Vicks Vapor Rub should deter picking/pecking as well, cheaper too.
     
  7. Fussy8

    Fussy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you and they did it again! Im ready to cull some hens!!!!!!! Also would the vicks burn its an open wound!!!! I FEEL SO HELPLESS!!!
     
  8. dawg53

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    Quote:You have to let the wound heal first, use neosporin to help prevent infection. Once it heals, then you can use the Vick's.
     

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