molting


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

molting

1. the change of coat in animals at the change of season, most noticeable in animals kept outside in cold climates that stimulate a long winter coat.
2. the replacement in birds of all their feathers once each year in the autumn. Hens stop laying for 8 to 12 weeks at this time. Molting may occur at other times if there is a feed stress.
References in periodicals archive ?
Application of short fasting methods to induce molting in commercial laying hens.
Because the main focus of our study was to investigate tag loss in relation to the molting stage, only males were considered because they have a higher probability of molting annually compared to sexually mature females (Comeau and Savoie, 2001).
The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of long-term exposure of pyrene on molting and reproduction in the model estuarine invertebrate, the grass shrimp.
We studied a population of Wood Thrushes (Hylocichla mustelina) at the Hemlock Hill Biological Research Area in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA (41[degrees]46' N, 79[degrees]56' W), for two breeding seasons (25 Apr to 20 Sep 2007-2008), and used radio-telemetry to monitor off-territory movements and molting locations.
Web and web decoration sizes prior, during, and after molting events were analyzed with an ANOVA.
We also tested date of first capture and initial mass of molting and non-molting birds using two-sample t-tests.
KEY WORDS: American lobster, Homarus americanus, alkylphenols, hisphenol A, shell hardening, sclerotization, tyrosine, molting, lobster, cuticle
Multiple molt series are thought to be an adaptation for increased foraging efficiency in birds with time constraints for molting (Tucker 1991, Hedenstrom and Sunada 1999, Pyle 2005, Rohwer et al.
The mortality in the laboratory was low, most pronounced in the 4th and 5th instars and was associated mainly with molting.
Second, the organism would have had to die and be fossilized during the minuscule fraction of its life span spent molting.