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Molting is the process of shedding and renewing its feathers. During the molt the reproductive system of the bird is allowed a complete rest from laying and the bird builds up its body reserves of nutrients.

It is a natural process, designed to maintain the birds' ability to escape enemies by flight( strong new feathers) and to provide greater protection against cold winter conditions.

In most breeds the molt occurs once per year but can actually happen twice in the same year. The molt can last from 3 months and occasionally for up to 5 months depending on the condition of the bird at the start of molt. A good tonic added to the drinking water will help speed this along.

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How long is the molting period for chickens?

They usually start molting in late July early august and are finished by November or December to be ready for the winter.

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Poly-tonine A Super booster No.1 is a water soluble tonic great for molting chickens. Most feed & grain co-ops sell various brands of tonics for hens. Each area of the country is different so just go to your co-op store or Agri feed outlet and ask the staff for a water soluble tonic for molting chickens.

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