DOES ANYTHING HELP STOP A HEN FROM MOLTING?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Fawn and Fam, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. Fawn and Fam

    Fawn and Fam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my girls stopped laying 8 days ago. She seems happy and healthy so I thought it was because of the weather here in Michigan. Today one of my 2 hens have appeared to start molting due to the amount of feathers I found. I'm assuming it is the one that stopped laying. I am very concerned because they are still in their tractor coop which is not any warmer than the outside temp. We JUST began building their insulated coop but who knows how long it is going to take to finish. Is there ANYTHING I can do to help stop the molting process?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Its a natural thing birds do so you don't want to stop it.
     
  4. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    It is their way of getting a new warm coat for the winter. Molting gets rid of old worn out or damaged feathers so there are no bare spots to let the cold in. It is a good thing, so you really don't want to stop it, even if it was possible. As mentioned above, just give extra protein for a while to help push out those new feathers.
     

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