Originally Posted by RoosterDon
I am in year three and have not had any molt on me yet. I wonder why? I read in this thread that increasing protein will help during their molt, does this mean that a higher protein diet might prevent molting? I treat my flock to raw hamburger meat 2-3 times a week, I am wondering if this has maybe prevented the dreaded molt?????
Originally Posted by Happy Chooks
I doubt higher protein would keep them from molting. I feed 20% feed all year, and my birds molt. Do you light your coop? That may have held it off some, or made a molt that you wouldn't notice.
X2 what Happy Chooks said. Protein does not prevent a molt but it does support the protein requirements the birds have when they generate all those new feathers.
A molt should not be considered "dreaded" or unnatural or something to be prevented. It is a natural part of life in birds. You should WANT your birds to molt, that is how tattered, old feathers are replaced with healthy new ones that do a better job of protecting the birds and keeping them warm.
I've had birds that did not go through a heavy, full body molt until their third fall but they did have light molts before that.