When does moulting start? I'm in Michigan.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by suzpyoung, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. suzpyoung

    suzpyoung Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    Temperance, MI
    Hopefully, not too dumb of a question, but this is my first year with chickens. Do they moult in spring and how long does it last? I've noticed their egg production is down quite a bit in the last week to 10 days. With the exception of my two new Ameraucanas (who aren't laying yet) all of my girls were born last spring and summer.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Some chickens go thru a mini-moult in the 7 to 9 month range, some of mine did. I upped their protein and it was over quickly. The big moult comes around 18 months.
    ETA: If your chicken coop looks like there was a pillow fight in there and some of your girls look a bit tattered, chances are it's a moult.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2009
  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    gritstar is right. If so, up the protein a bit to help them through it. Jean

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