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One of my four chickens is molting...high protein diet?

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Hello- I am new to raising chickens and I have a question in regards to molting and diet. My 11 month old Ameraucana (possibly EE after doing more research :X ) has started molting as a result of stress after her move from the farm I purchased her from to my coop and then adding two new chickens. It started on her head/neck and now her breast feathers are looking patchy, light in color and thin. Other than this issue, she's a happy chicken with a good appetite (but not laying)! So I've been treating them to black oil sunflower seeds and mealworms once a day, in hopes to increase her protein..but I'm also reading that I can feed her cat food or a high protein chicken feed. It's tough to make sure that she's the one getting the high protein snacks/food, so would it be okay to feed all of them this high protein diet or is it bad for the chickens that are not molting? My poor girl is looking pretty rough so I want to do as much as I can to help! Thanks guys!!

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You can give high protein feed to all of them. You might offer some calcium separately for your layers. They can get to much protein and die but I do not think typical high protein chicken feed alone will be too much.
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Great question, haleybz! If it is possible, consider isolating the stressed bird until she has completed molting and wait to reintroduce her until she is back to her normal self. If you are unable to separate her from the flock, try switching over to a layer diet that is higher in protein, such as Purina® Flock Raiser®. The added protein in the diet will help give her the extra oomph she needs to get back to her normal self. If you decide to go this route, be sure to supplement the flock with added oyster shell, as a non-layer diet does not have enough calcium to support proper egg production.

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