CHARLOTTE SHARES A TIP
Moulting factfile Moulting time has come around again and it will be nice to see those hens who have lost a substantial amount of feathers during the season, especially on their necks and backs, get their feathers renewed. Moulting usually lasts between eight and 12 weeks and takes place in a sequence. Feathers are lost from the head, neck first, then from the saddle, breast and body, then the wings and lastly from the tail. Hens born in the spring and summer will not usually moult until the autumn of the next year. Usually it is the poor egg layers that moult early and the better the layer, the later in the year she will moult.