All About Molting

amy elizabeth | TBN Ranch

Every year your chickens will molt, in other words, lose their feathers and grow new ones. Unfortunately, it also means most hens will not lay eggs until their molt cycle is done. However, there are exceptions to that rule. There are hens whose rate of lay is not affected, but you can expect their molt time to last longer… CONTINUE READING

All About Molting

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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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8 Responses to All About Molting

  1. And the tip on oats is one I’ll follow up on.

  2. I think mine are about to molt. They’re only 2 years old and have dropped off on egg laying for about a week now. Their diet is good and provides plenty of protein and calories so I don’t think it’s the food. And the hens are very perky.

    • tbnranch says:

      Mine have been molting for about two weeks now… what a mess!

      • I only have 7 hens (I had more but a dozen were killed by two raccoons last summer while I was away working one week) so the feather problem is not so bad. I looked at my hens today and saw large feathers coming loose.

      • tbnranch says:

        Oh my… sorry about your flock, it must have been just awful. Your chickens should start molting on the upper body first… always make sure feather loss isn’t caused by mites. Usually the first indication of that is the vent area has feather loss and the hen picks at it.

      • It was terrible. I did catch and kill the the two raccoons, I’m not a fan of killing wild animals but felt I had to do it. I fixed up the fence where they had dug a hole and were crawling in. I hope that new ones do not come back. So far there is no sign of any.

        I will check my hens and the 2 roosters (I know, that’s too many but I was planning on getting a bigger flock this year), for mites. Thanks!

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