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post #11 of 27

Hi Everyone,
We just did a little article on how to feed molting chickens so I hope no one will mind if I post it here - it has some good info in it big_smile:

During molt, chickens typically stop laying eggs and use this time to build up their nutrient reserves. Even though they are not laying, it is critical that your chickens have a high quality diet during this time. Feeding a high quality ration through molt will help your birds get through the molting process and back to laying eggs as quickly as possible.

Top Tips For Feeding Through Molt
-  Feed a 16% protein layer feed like NatureWise® or Country Feeds® that provide a complete vitamin and energy package for your birds
-  Make feed available free choice
-  Supplement with extra protein like sunflower seeds, cooked eggs, or peas during molt
-  Limit scratch to 10% of diet during molt so you dont dilute the protein content of the ration


Molting and growing new feathers requires a lot of energy. Feathers are 85% protein so be sure your birds diet includes a highly nutritious feed like Nutrena NatureWise or Nutrena Country Feeds that consists of at least 16% protein. You dont need to add medications or other vitamins if youre feeding one of these feeds.
Just as your chickens have individual personalities, they will go through molt differently as well. Some lose a few feathers and grow them back in as quickly as 3-4 weeks. Other chickens lose a lot of feathers and take 12-16 weeks to grow them back. 

Other tips for helping chickens get through molting:
-  Reduce stress as much as possible, avoid bringing new birds into the flock if possible
-  Chickens should act normal during their molt if they seem sick, something else is wrong
-  Both roosters and hens go through molt

Rate and review the Nutrena products you use at www.nutrenapoultryfeed.com

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post #12 of 27

In addition to the Nutrena All Flock feed (18% protein) they ger all the time,  I give them a daily ration of BOSS as their treat.  Occasionally put out canned tuna in oil, and sometimes sardines in oil.  Not too often on the latter, as there is a lot of sodium in canned sardines.  (I can get low sodium tuna.)

I hadn't thought about peas for the whole flock, as I use those for duck treats.  Hmmm.  I bet the waterfowl will get testy about all those chickens getting "their" peas.

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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post #13 of 27

Thanks so much, this is just the information I need for my girls.

post #14 of 27

Mine are getting a mix of meat bird and laying hen feed, and then I give them BOSS every day, and other high protein treats, like some egg, or cooked meat, peanut butter. And we have loads of new feathers coming in! They seemed to really like the meat bird feed, so Im not sure if its tastier or just the higher protein they need.


Edited by vsmenagerie - 10/5/11 at 7:54am

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post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by Ruth Ann 

Is there anything special you give your chickens while they are molting?
Anything extra than jus the regualr pellet? I already treat them scratch and some bread each day.
Not all of ours are molting, but some are.


You can give them a some extra protein and fat when they are in molt.
To me the best source for add protein during molt is going to be animal protein (meat is best).
I use Bil-Jack Small Breed Select dog food to top dress my regular chicken feed along with that I add just a little Cod Liver Oil and Molasses.

The Bil-Jack is a good source for animal protein fat and Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The Cod Liver Oil is good source for Fat, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin A, and Vitamin D
Molasses is a excellent source of Copper and Manganese and a very good source of Potassium, and Magnesium it also has Vitamin B6 and Calcium.   

Remember chickens are not vegetarian there Omnivores and they can proses animal protein a lot easier and better than plant protein.     


Chris


Edited by Chris09 - 10/5/11 at 7:27pm

 

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NPIP # 31-516
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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post #16 of 27

One of ours is molting like crazy.  More so than last year.  she's a SLW, year and a half old; she shakes off a dust bath and feathers go everywhere.  I notice she is more stand offish/scared to come take BOSS out of my hand which she usually does (she is dominant).  Also I noticed that her grayish feet have a touch of pink between her toes that I don't remember noticing before....any thoughts?
(they range all day and get some yogurt as well as BOSS for treats).

post #17 of 27

I have no clue.....What is BOSS?

post #18 of 27

BOSS is Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

post #19 of 27

On top of at least 16% protein feed, we increase the BOSS (Black Oil Sunflower Seeds) we toss out to the girls.  You can always feed them any extra eggs you may have too (we do this as well).  Boil them up, crush them with shell and all, and toss them out to the girls.

Married SAHM with 2 sons (1 grown, 1 in elementary school), former Canine Companions for Independence puppy raiser (www.cci.org), 1 Yellow Lab, 2 cats, 1 pet rat, 2 African-drawf frogs, and a menagerie of organically raised/fed chickens - breeds include Iowa Blues, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Easter Eggers, Australorps, White Leghorns, Golden Laced Wyandotts, Buff Orpingtons, and 1 Frizzle.
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Married SAHM with 2 sons (1 grown, 1 in elementary school), former Canine Companions for Independence puppy raiser (www.cci.org), 1 Yellow Lab, 2 cats, 1 pet rat, 2 African-drawf frogs, and a menagerie of organically raised/fed chickens - breeds include Iowa Blues, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Easter Eggers, Australorps, White Leghorns, Golden Laced Wyandotts, Buff Orpingtons, and 1 Frizzle.
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post #20 of 27

Consider game bird food. It has 20+ % protein.

I live with my partner and our daughter in the foothills of NC. We LOVE our critters!
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I live with my partner and our daughter in the foothills of NC. We LOVE our critters!
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