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post #21 of 25
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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


The Bil-jac sounds like a great idea to me. I once saved a dog from being put down because of skin problem by talking the owners into using Bil-Jac.
It made my Schnauser look like a million bucks, so I bet it would be a great source protein for the molt.

post #22 of 25

Mine get Flock Raiser (18% protein) all the time.  I added dried mealworms this year as a treat to see how well it helps.  I also supplement any leftover meats, scrambled eggs, and sometimes tuna.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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post #23 of 25

Will it hurt the hens that are not molting to feed them the higher protein treats?  I just got 3 black Australorps last night that are molting. None of my other hens are but I don't really have anywhere to seperate them and as soon as I walk out the door, I have an avid audience. I'm feeding a Purina 16% layer pellet/crumble mix and give them the bread, leftovers and fresh veggies as treats. On occasion, I make them some oatmeal too but they aren't spoiled at all. big_smile
I will try some of the other items you guys have listed but don't want to overdo on the non-molting birds and hurt them.

Single mother to a 14 year old daughter.  2 Australian Shepherds, 3 AQHA horses, 3 cats (great mousers) and a saltwater fish tank.  New to chickens but addicted quickly. Currently have 5 BR, 3 SLW, 3 Blk Australorps, 2 RSL, 2 pint size, buff colored "things" and a BR roo named "Stewie".
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Single mother to a 14 year old daughter.  2 Australian Shepherds, 3 AQHA horses, 3 cats (great mousers) and a saltwater fish tank.  New to chickens but addicted quickly. Currently have 5 BR, 3 SLW, 3 Blk Australorps, 2 RSL, 2 pint size, buff colored "things" and a BR roo named "Stewie".
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post #24 of 25

Feathers are made from protein so they need a  protein boost.  What is protein for you is protein for chickens.  I like giving them yolks of hardboiled eggs also.  Fats and oils (a pat of butter) will help keep their oil glands well stocked for preening so the feathers are shiny and healthy.  Molting should be quick like a few weeks, the quicker the better but they are individual.  They usually don't lay while molting either.  Keep a general poultry book on hand in your personal library.  That should cover the details.

post #25 of 25

What is the difference between Black Oil Sunflower Seeds and just raw sunflower seeds?

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