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Do chickens feel sick when going through a molt?

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My Ameraucana stopped laying 2 weeks ago or so, and she would go in the nest box but wouldn't lay anything. She hasn't been back in the box in a while, and was acting fine (eating, drinking, normal poo) but today I noticed a bunch of feathers missing, and they continue falling out when I pet her. She was fine all day, but when I closed the coop, she was just laying on the ground, not dust bathing. I took her inside and she's eating blueberries. Do they feel sick in a molt or is something else wrong?
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She's 1 1/2. I saw a bunch of her feathers on the coop floor, and thy continue to fall out
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She is right at the age to molt, and my hens tend to eat less, be a little aloof, and seem to not feel as good. You might want to boost her protein a little with game bird starter, egg, tuna, or others, and put some probiotics and vitamins in her water.

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Okay thank you! And it won't hurt my other 3 right?
(Sorry, I'm so new to Chickens )
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Not as long as you don't overdo it. Flock raiser feeds have 20% protein, and gamebird starter has 24%, so if you switch the flock raiser or give some gamebird starter as a treat, then you would stay in the safe range of 20%. Layer has 16%, so give a little extra protein. Be sure and keep crushed oyster shell available especially if using Flock Raiser.
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