Why do they molt in the fall?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PaintedMeadows, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. PaintedMeadows

    PaintedMeadows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why do chickens molt in the fall? Do they grow warmer feathers? Is it so there are no damaged feathers to let the cold air in? Is it to line their coop with warm fluffy feathers? curious about this.
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    In our flock, the earliest starts molting in late August and the entire flock seems to be done with molt by the end of October.
     
  3. PaintedMeadows

    PaintedMeadows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm curious as to why. Is it linked to what time of year they were born? Is it the weather? The temperatures? The amount of light? Curious.
     

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