Tips for Helping Your Poultry Flock Through A Spring Feather Molt

Tips for Helping Your Poultry Flock Through A Spring Feather Molt
By Jen Pitino, Idaho Conventional chicken keeping wisdom dictates that annual molting occurs at the end of summer or the early fall, when daylight hours shorten and temperatures drop. Despite this prevailing belief, you should remember that your flock cannot read a calendar and will be contrarians if it suits them. This spring might just be the season in that some or all of your flock members decide to drop their feathers for a new coat of plumage. A springtime molt may be connected to when the chicken was hatched. The end of an egg-lay cycle is one of the most common causes of a molt, which is tied to the age and maturity of the hen. Chicks hatched in certain months may simply be more likely to molt in springtime rather than fall. Springtime molting is also commonly caused by another springtime issue — broodiness. The stress of hatching out a clutch of eggs will cause the hen to molt

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