When do chickens start molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jimz1, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. jimz1

    jimz1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they going to be molting through the winter if they haven't started yet?
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Molting is not an exact science. How old are your chickens? If this is their first year, they probably won't molt this year.
    In 7+ years I've only had 1 chicken go through a hard molt, mostly just off & on mini molts. Others have hard molts every fall.
    And to answer your question Yes they can molt in the winter, but they could start and be done by winter as well.

    Imp
     
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    My first year with hens, over year old, and they've yet to start their first true molt.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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  5. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    My chickens are molting now
     

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