When do they molt?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by stephhassler, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. stephhassler

    stephhassler Songster

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    I've had some hens for 2 years now and they have never gone through a molt? I thought they molted each year for a period of time?
     
  2. detali

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    Count your blessings! When they molt they quit laying until they are done.
     
  3. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    They molt when they want to! Chickens have loads of personality and they hate being predictable! Don't worry.
     
  4. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Songster

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    Mine tend to moult in the fall around september and october mostly.
     
  5. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

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    Mine have always molted 12-14 months after they started laying. I have never had "bald" hens, but between the extra feathers in the coop & less eggs, I knew when they were molting!
     
  6. rainbowgardens

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    I've been expecting mine to molt soon. I've been finding long feathers for a few weeks. I pick them up so I can spot the new ones. Is this a sign they're starting to molt? I think I read somewhere that they start by losing the long feathers on the tail or wings first. I know the egg production is going down some.

    Hopefully the new girls start laying before the old ones stop.
     
  7. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    The birds do go through different degrees of molts. Some are heavier than others. Some birds show a significant feather loss while other don't . They may go through mini molts.
     

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