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Can pullets molt? Losing feathers and egg production. Are they sick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by my first peepers, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. my first peepers

    my first peepers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have five pullets, 3 are 10 months old, 2 are 8 months old. All have been laying well for a few months and have always been very healthy. Yesterday I noticed that one of the 8 month olds has a bare spot below (not around) her vent. At first I thought she was getting picked at but today I noticed that she and a couple of the other girls are also losing feathers under their chins. Also their egg production has slowed. I have had a light on from 5-7am all winter. Last week I cut it back to 5-6:30 because of the increasing daylight. Could this have put them into a premature molt? What should I do? What else might this be? I didn't see any kind of bugs on them. They have DE in their shavings, ACV in their water, layer pellets, oyster shell and grit available.
    Thank you!

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    Last edited: Mar 5, 2009
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    I'm guessing their bodies are just cycling and molting, but what do I know?
     
  3. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have had a coulpe pullets go into a mini molt. Make sure you increase there protien.
     
  4. my first peepers

    my first peepers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. What should I give them for extra protein? I give them BOSS but just as a treat when I call them...is there something else that's better?
     
  5. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    BOSS and a little dry cat food.
     
  6. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have also given cooked eggs for added protein. They just love a good scramble......
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Meat. Chickens are meat eaters.
     

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