when should chickens molt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Don Jr, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. Don Jr

    Don Jr Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    First moult (molt) should be around 6 months.
     
  3. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

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    Quote:Hmm.... Our chickens just turned 6 months old (and haven't molted) and it's now November. If they were born in the later spring or summer, will they wait until the next fall to molt?
     
  4. crazyhen

    crazyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First molt is usually a light one the second one is usually around 18 months and can really be pitiful. They are molting now here. I went out one day and there were feathers everywhere. I thought something had gotten ahold of them. NOT, just molting like crazy. Thats the reason I like different ages of hens. Some are laying and others molting. It keeps me in eggs, so far. Gloria Jean
     
  5. Orpstralope

    Orpstralope XL College Raised Eggs

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    My chickens have just started to lose a few feathers and they are at about 19 weeks, is this a molt or is this just them naturally losing feathers? Check the signature for the breeds!
     
  6. crazyhen

    crazyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they go through several very light molts while matureing. that is the reason baby chicks coloring can be so different from the mature bird. I know my EE seem to change almost every month until mature. Gloria Jean
     

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