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Why and when do chickens molt and how you can help them?

Molting or moulting (British English) is a natural, periodic process of shedding feathers and regrowing them that all chickens (hens and roosters) go through. Humans do molt, too. We shed hairs and skin cells. A chicken starts dropping feathers in late summer to early fall, but some won’t even start molting until early winter. Molt’s purpose is to supply chickens with fresh, new feathers — the best defense against skin infections, and the cold and precipitation of winter. Chickens molt in a predictable order beginning at the […]

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How to keep my chickens warm in winter?

Chickens can tolerate cold weather better than hot. A chicken’s feathers provide them with warmth and insulation from the cold. They also can tolerate wet conditions, but the combination of wet and below-freezing temperatures is a recipe for frostbite. Combs, wattles, and toes are susceptible to frostbite. According to The Poultry Site, here’s how to look after your chickens in winter: Minimize drafts by ensuring that all air leaks are sealed, and repair any holes with plywood. Keep your coop ventilated to reduce ammonia build–up, but place […]

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