7.03.2011

Questions on Chickens...

Mama Tea brought to my attention that her hens are in the middle of the molting and barely laying eggs... As a first time chicken mama, I have absolutely no clue when this is supposed to happen... Is there a typical time of year that they molt? Should I be doing anything special? Do the hens have and particular needs during this time?

Last night, we had some crazy storms, and I am happy to report that the hen house was dry as a bone this morning. I closed the door and window late last night (in the middle of the downpour) and even before everything was closed, it was nice and dry inside. This gives me good hope that my girls will be nice and cozy this winter :)

8 comments:

  1. I don't know about molting, but wanted to say that you did a good job with the hen house!

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  2. I thought it was generally Fall time, but not so sure now!

    We need a chicken Expert...hit up Chicken Mama with an email!!!

    http://swampriverridge.blogspot.com/

    Also I really like the book by Storey Publicatins "Raising Chickens". Good one to have on the shelf.

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  3. Thanks RG!

    APG, I will definitely have to throw her an email. Thanks!

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  4. I think it's more of an age thing...they molt when they are about 18 months and then every year after...we have hens from all over the calender and each batch has their molt time.

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  5. Thanks for explaining City Sister. I thought it was a fall thing to, and when my hens stopped laying I (like an idiot) couldn't figure out what was wrong. Especially since someone first told me that a molting hen will look like a hen that sneezed and lost all her feathers. :) I googled "image of molting hen" and lo and behold it was like looking right at my entire flock. So don't let anyone tell you (like they did me) that a molting hen has just about NO feathers left. Because mine are molting but are certainly not bald!! Man, I have so much to learn...

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  6. Thanks for the info City Sister!

    Mama Tea, I hope your flock gets back to "normal" soon and starts laying soon!

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  7. I don't know about molting either. We thought one of our birds was molting last month. I don't think so now. I think the heat made her shed feathers. She didn't lay much for a little while, but that could have been due to being relocated for a couple weeks to a friends house. Now things are back to normal. Maybe you just need to wait it out. I don't know.

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  8. Thanks Jody. The girls are fine, and starting to lay eggs regularly. I am sure they are a little stressed from moving. I think they will be about 18 months old around September. I will have to do a little more research on what to expect their behavior to be like, and to see what they will look like...

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