when will they molt??????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GGBEAR, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. GGBEAR

    GGBEAR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi all I live in the UK (Yorkshire) my friend across the road his 2 chickens stopped laying a couple of months ago and when in to a big molt apparently he said they only had a few tail feathers left where as mine all 5 are still laying usually 5 a day with no signs of stopping or molting does anyone have any idea why mine have not started this process??????
    Its me first year with them 4 of them are just a year old and 1 is just 7 months
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Young birds generally don't undergo a 'full' molt until midway or so through their second year.
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Your chickens are still young so may not molt until next year, Allthough its not unheard of for pullets to have a mini molt. My ambers (just over a year old) are still laying and havnt had a major molt only a few lost feathers a month or so ago. Also depends on what breed your chickens are some breeds have a more major molt than others. I have some 7 month old polish that have just started laying showing no signs of molting.
     
  4. GGBEAR

    GGBEAR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh OK thanks for that that explains a few things I'm still learning at the mo only been a chicken owner since end of April!!
    In regards to breeds I have a road rock, white star, Columbian black tail, speckled leg horn and a bluebell who is the youngest.[​IMG] this is speckles
    [​IMG] this is pepper
    [​IMG] this is Maggie
    [​IMG] this is chilly
    [​IMG] and the youngest of them all shadow
     

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