What age do chickens start to molt?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ponygal12, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. ponygal12

    ponygal12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2009
    New Hampshire
    Just wondering, what age to chickens usually start molting?
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Mine start replacing first set of feathers by about 28 days post-hatch. They go through another set of feathers before reaching adult size which is completely replaced by first adult set by time birds almost full size (timing depends in part on breed). Thereafter feathers (all) replaced annually starting in late summer usually complete early winter. Some breeds go through annual molt faster. I do not know how the long-tailed birds go through feather replacement but i suspect it is very different for tail and saddle feathers.

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