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Helpful tips when hens are moulting?

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So, just things to keep in mind when chickens are moulting. My little Pekin/Cochin is having her first moult and I was just wondering if anyone can give me some tips?
Thank you

post #2 of 6

About the only thing you can do is increase the protein. Feathers are 93% protein. Supplementing some animal protein in the form of meat or fish is best but it still takes some time.


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 11/13/15 at 4:04am

NPIP 43-813

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Are meal worms a good idea?

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Are meal worms a good idea?

Yep!

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #6 of 6

I'm feeding canned mackerel a couple times a week. Some of my chickens have reduced appetites during molt, losing considerable weight. The mackerel is a big hit with all of them, including the ones with diminished appetites.

 

All of the chickens old enough for molt are doing very well in replenishing feathers with no large bare patches as in past molts. They also get fermented feed, which I believe also helps.

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