When do chickens molt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dmangum, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. mrballance

    mrballance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm finding out chickens are not very dependable on laying eggs. I have six and they are seven months old. I was getting around 20 eggs a week at the peak in early October. Now I'm getting 7 a week. On top of that they stop laying if the wind is too bad or it rains too hard or if it snows. Now I have the molt. I may need to get more hens, is that the chicken math people are talking about ?
     
  2. Happy Chooks

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  3. chickenlily13

    chickenlily13 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 8 and get 5-6 a day still in this cold weather with no extra lighting. They are 9 months old , [one is one and a half years old ]. One is in full molt but they are happy with their special treats they get.
     
  4. BigRedChickie

    BigRedChickie Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it normal for chickens to look really fluffy or fuzzy while they are moulting?
    I'm not certain but I'm pretty sure two of my hens are moulting. They look kind of fluffy and one of them is starting to get a bare bum. They are still laying most days though.
     
  5. jstlitlome

    jstlitlome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Happy day! My molting EE who hasn't given me any blue eggs since October, laid an egg yesterday! She is out of molt and back in business. My dozen eggs look so much nicer with the blue eggs mixed in.
     
  6. shetoe

    shetoe Out Of The Brooder

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    so they will stop laying wheb they are molting.i have a Buff thats molting in the mid jan.Go figure when she needs her feathers the most.But I havent seen her laying again in a few wks.Thanks
     
  7. jstlitlome

    jstlitlome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to this, so I don't know much. But this year, I had an EE molt a tiny molt and stopped laying for 2 months. Then I had a BR have a big ugly molt, and she laid right through it! Go figure! :)
     
  8. shetoe

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    I have had several that have done a small molt but the buff is doing a major. I suppose my thoughts on molting was they only did this during late summer into fall months. But I think my thoughts on molting now are changing and it could b whenever
     
  9. whittychick

    whittychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they won't lay during molting
     
  10. whittychick

    whittychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine did a mini molt and didn't lay for over a month! They seem all back to normal; fluffy and laying!
     

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