WHAT IS MOLTING and what happens for how long?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickie<3, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. chickie<3

    chickie<3 Chirping

    Jul 6, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    I see a lot about molting...i know they lose feathers...how often..do they stop laying when they molt? and i have 2 9 week pullets and have seen a few feathers in the coop..is that molting pr just a few feathers in the coop?
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Molting happens regularly, but a full on hard molt happens at around 18 months to 2 years, and then once a year thereafter. Chickens are constantly losing feathers and re-growing them, but a hard molt means they drop most of their feathers in a short span. During a hard molt they will stop laying for about a month, but during mini molts their laying is either only slowed down or unaffected.
  3. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Songster

    Jun 23, 2010
    Here is a bump for you. I was just going to post and ask if someone could post a pic of a chicken after a molt then I saw your post. Maybe someone will read,answer your questions and post a picture or two [​IMG]

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