Molt

Small and Backyard Flocks, Grapes, Companion Animals May 12, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF

Molt: To shed a cuticle or exoskeleton during a growth phase.

Molt: To cast or shed the feathers, skin, or the like, that will be replaced by a new growth. In snakes, molting refers to “shedding the skin”. In birds, the replacement of all or some of a bird’s feathers is called a molt. Molting is affected by a number of factors, including an animal’s age, sex, reproductive status, and environmental effects.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.