Will she ever molt?

aldarita

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I have a production red hen that is a little over 2 years old. She did not molt last year and her feathers are looking very raggedy. I have read that hens usually don't molt during their first year, especially if they are production breeds. Will she molt this Fall?
 

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While the average chicken will molt every year, it doesn't mean you should hold all chickens to this standard. Oddly enough, 5 of my hens didn't molt until their 3rd year of life. They were all raggedy dolls!
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So, there is no much you can do but just wait it out. If she does start molting, make sure to feed her lots of protein-filled foods and watch for any cannibalism that might develop within the flock with all the feathers laying around and exposed skin.
 

aldarita

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Thank you Mountain Peeps for your reply. I feel better now knowing that it is normal not to molt for a while. I am just concerned because her feathers are so raggedy looking that they probably are not insulating anymore and winter is almost around the corner. I am hoping she will get some new feathers in the Fall
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Some of my girls are already molting so I am giving them meal worms and BSF grubs to complement their 18% protein layer feed, of course there are feathers everywhere and I believe they are preparing me to the big feather explosions that are coming soon.
 

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