When molting begins???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alex, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. alex

    alex Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    When does molting start? (what time of year, day...ect.) And also, how do you know if silkies are molting,,,becuase i have silkies...
  2. chick a la la

    chick a la la Hatching

    Oct 29, 2007
    You will know when a chicken is molting when you see feathers in their coop, on the ground, and basically everywhere the chicken hangs out. I have never seen a silkie molt, so I don't know how the bird will look, but my standard breeds look pretty awful while they are molting. Also, a molting hen doesn't lay eggs, so you will notice reduced egg production.

    I have heard that diminishing daylight hours can stimulate molting. However, one of my Americaunas started molting in May and still hasn't begun to lay. [​IMG] Stress is a factor: supposedly you can send a flock into molt by keeping them in the dark extra hours and restricting their food. I guess that enables you to control the molt. Otherwise it can takes weeks or months for a chicken to finish a molt.

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