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Hens in molting process

Original price was: $55.00.Current price is: $45.00.

The molting process allows birds to rid themselves of old or damaged feathers and replace them with new feathers called pin feathers. This process makes it possible to facilitate temperature regulation, protection and even courtship displays.

Bulk Discount

Quantity: Discount:% Price:
1 Bird $45.00
2 - 3 Birds 22.22 % $35.00
4 - 5 Birds 33.33 % $30.00
6+ Birds 44.44 % $25.00

Description

When do chickens molt?

Backyard chickens often begin molting in the fall as the days start to shorten. Birds are “long day breeders,” which means that they prefer to lay eggs during the spring and summer to ensure optimal conditions for hatching chicks. Reducing hours of daylight triggers the reproductive system to slow down, which leaves extra energy for other things—in this case, replacing a few feathers (called a soft molt) or a lot of feathers (called a hard molt).

They have passed through chick-hood, have adult feathers and will start their first year of laying soon.

These are young adult hens that may or may not be laying eggs yet, but will be soon.

Raising backyard chickens can be a rewarding experience and a great way to teach kids about nature, agriculture and responsibility of caring for animals.

Hens begin laying at around six months of age and can continue for five to 10 years.

Additional information

Breeds

Australorp, Black Sex-Links, Brown leghorns, Columbia Wyandottes, Cuckoo Marans, Dark Cornish, Delaware, Delaware Broiler, IR Barred Plymouth Rocks, Jersey Giants, Lavender Orpingtons, Leghorns, New Hampshire Reds, Niederrheiner, Partridge Rocks, Rhode Island Blues, Rhode Island Reds, Sliver lace wyandotte, Speckled Sussex, White Rocks, White Turkens Naked Necks, White Wyandottes

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