Why don't my chickens molt?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by cheyfrie26, May 13, 2011.

  1. cheyfrie26

    cheyfrie26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have different breeds of ducks and chickens. Why don't they ever molt?
     
  2. jimmy47

    jimmy47 Out Of The Brooder

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    They won't molt if you keep lights on. Length of day light is what triggers them to molt in the fall. If you don't use lights, dunno.
     
  3. cheyfrie26

    cheyfrie26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have lights. I just let them run during the day and go to roost when ever they want.
     
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    How old are they? Makes a big difference! [​IMG] When mine, mostly older hens now, molt, it looks like a pillow factory exploded. The younger ones don't really molt much, more like shedding lightly.

    ETA, the first BIG molt usually happens at about 18 months.
     
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  5. cheyfrie26

    cheyfrie26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have birds from just born to 4-5 years old. They never evvvveeerrr molt. I will notice a few tail feathers gone here and there but thats about it.
     
  6. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Different birds can also molt...well...differently. I have a few that I see every year drop their feathers like they're on fire, bald. Then over the next few weeks they just grow them all back at once. I also have others who I will never actually 'notice' molting unless I pick them up and physically check for new feather growth. If normal hours of light and dark are given, all birds should molt.
     
  7. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I agree with ThePolishPrincess.

    I have around 700 here now and some are bald for a while and some just shed a feather here or there and grow in new ones. Very private. Mine are fed the same so it has to do with the birds.
     
  8. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

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    Yep, age! I think that most molts before 18 months old are small and pretty un-noticeable. Usually, egg laying doesn't stop with those. Maybe a bird has never had a large molt, but I think that they have all molted somewhat in their lives.
     

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