The length and duration of a molt will vary. Just like their individual personalities, each of your little feathered family members will have their own molting “schedule.”
Some will molt slowly, in what we often refer to as a “soft” molt. In a soft molt, a chicken will slowly drop its feathers over an extended period of time.
Sometimes it takes about a month, but we’ve had chickens that seem to molt for three or four months!
Some chickens will look fine one day, but the next day, they look like they’ve blown up, losing a large amount of feathers overnight or in a quick span of days. This is what we often refer to as a “hard” molt. While chickens that go through hard molts look worse than those that go through slow molts, the entire duration of their molt will be shorter than the soft molters.