When Will She Molt ????

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by pirtykitty, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. pirtykitty

    pirtykitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We started out with 3 chicks March 2011 lost one at 7 months then a second this past spring both of unkown causes.. We still have Delores who will be two March 23 of 2013.. She has not molted yet.. she is a production rhode island red.. I'm worried she'deicied to have her first full molt when winter sets in..
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Some hens have full molts when they seem to 'blow' all their feathers at once. Others drop a feather or two at a time over an extended period - she may be one of the later sort.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    She'll molt this fall. First molt is at about 18 months, give or take. I don't think your weather is severe enough to cause problems even if she goes quite nekkid.
     
  4. pirtykitty

    pirtykitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you I was afraid I'd have to make her a sweater... How long does a full molt usually last???? I hope she starts and gets finished before cold weather hits.. We are in central texas.. proablaly won't have a really good freeze till november.
     

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