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Will they molt their first year?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cherylcohen, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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    My girls are 17, 22 and 25 weeks. Will they molt this first year? We're in Northern California.

    Do they only molt in Sept/Oct?
     
  2. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    I think they will moult next year- they would have only had their feathers for about 20 weeks, so wont waste energy into moulting.

    ETA- They may moult next year around this time- they will probably be good layers, so will moult later on, and much faster. The better the layer, the faster and later the moult.
     
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  3. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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    Since only the eldest is currently laying (I'm waiting very impatiently) I guess it makes sense that they would wait
     
  4. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls who are now about 17 mo old (they started laying last Dec) are just now having their first moult. So no, I don't think most hens will moult their first year.
     

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