will they ALL molt in the spring?

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  1. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine were to young to molt last summer, do all chickens molt in the spring? If so will they have their feathers back by july? Im wondering how we will show them if they are not done molting? Do most people hatch new birds to show every year?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Wendy'sChicksRock :

    Mine were to young to molt last summer, do all chickens molt in the spring? If so will they have their feathers back by july? Im wondering how we will show them if they are not done molting? Do most people hatch new birds to show every year?

    Most of mine did a molt in October. Looks like a feather factory around the coop. It takes them a month or so to get their feathers back. If they are molting, you usually don't show them. Folks that show birds are usually hatching year round... but many have their "season".​
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine are still molting here. It came in waves, the ones that started, are pretty much feathered back in. I still have a couple of tailless girls and my light brahma just started her molt and looks horrible.
     
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    My birds all molt in the late fall, that is the norm for most chickens. Then it usualy takes about 3 wks for them to start to look good again. most of feed a slightly higher protein after a molt to help condition the new feathers.

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  5. cybercat

    cybercat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks born this year will not have their big molt till next fall. Chickens do not moult in spring they go broody in spring.
     

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