Your Chickens - - Charlotte’s Chickens -

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.

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