Moulting question

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carolbriar

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Moulting question
« on: June 22, 2010, 10:14 »
My hens are coming up to a year old soon and I have had them for 7 months now.  During that time they haven't moulted that I am aware of.  Presumably they will have a full moult this year but I don't really know what to expect.  Do they lose all their feathers and scales over a period of time?  Anyone any ideas on what triggers the moult to start?  Having just had the longest day I suppose in the next few months the moulting season will begin or can they moult at any time of the year?
2 Springer Spaniels, 1 Speckled Sussex,  1 Cuckoo Maran, 1 Light Sussex, 1 Welsummer, 2 Barnvelders and 2 silver Pencil Wyandotes.

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Re: Moulting question
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2010, 10:59 »
usually they moult in winter. Some of mine you only notice when they shake and a load of feathers fly off but others loose loads in one go.
Staffies are softer than you think.

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Re: Moulting question
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2010, 11:02 »
My older ex-barn girls decided mid-winter when it was freezing cold would be the best time to moult  ::) My warren I got at pol is having a moult now and she will be about 18 months old.



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