EXTREME MOLT just pre-winter

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by seraphine, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. seraphine

    seraphine Hatching

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    My 4 year old best easter egger is going through an extreme molt like I've never seen before. PLEASE GIVE ME FEEDBACK and HOW TO HELP HER. Séraphine... I live in general Los Angeles area... never really cold here. In their fenced and topped (coyote/hawk proofing) coop area, they can sleep inside with a bedding and walls of hay however, they seem to want to sleep outside on top of their hutch.
     
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  2. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    A high protein feed is probably about all you can do (many companies make a food specifically for molt time "feather fixer" or similar), also make sure there is lots of fresh dry bedding in the coop for warmth. If the weather is nasty you can provide feed and water inside the coop instead of the run so she doesn't have to go out in the elements.
     
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  3. slordaz

    slordaz hatchaholic

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    helps to know age of bird, yes with cooler temperatures they will start molting to grow new feathers, best thing I found to help mine going through a hard molt is added protein, why I keep mine on flock raiser as it's higher protein but they love their meal worm treats, tuna ,sardines are all good too as that molt takes more out of them faster. Mine usually do a softer molt but this year they all did a hard molt almost 3 years old
     
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  4. SoftSilkie

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  5. SueT

    SueT Crossing the Road

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    Welcome to BYC!
    Take a look at the chickens in the molting contest mentioned by @SoftSilkie in post#4.
    This is when molting happens. Mine are going thru the same. I don't know why it has to be in the fall when it gets cold, but they seem to survive it.
    She'll look really pretty when all the new feathers have grown in!
     
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  6. penny1960

    penny1960 Yippy Do Da, Yipptye Ay!

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens molt's on some they just want to hide
    others not so much
     
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  7. BroodyMama2

    BroodyMama2 Chirping

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    It's hard to watch, huh. She'll be ok. Sometimes they molt worse than at other times. Make sure you're offering her more calcium (Oyster shell or whatever you use) because she's using quite a bit up to produce those new feather shafts. If she needs it, she'll eat it. If not, she won't.
    Try to not handle her much because the new feather shafts make the skin tender.

    Btw, I have some Easter Eggers too and just love them. faithful layers, great foragers and quirky personalities. So fun.
     
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  8. seraphine

    seraphine Hatching

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    I'm less panicked now.. THANK YOU ALL... I thought she was dying... now I don't... didn't know they molted going into winter... I free feed oyster shells... I've had a hard time getting them to eat any bought feed however, I've discovered the food they just love: dried meal worms, flaxseeds, chia seeds, popped corn (not so much), baby chick crumble, and absolutely any kind of oatmeal (I feed only organic because I eat almost all organic so I want my eggs organic... I don't buy tuna (because of their fishing methods and the mercury in their system) but will try sardines .... THANK YOU ALL
     
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  9. SueT

    SueT Crossing the Road

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    If you stop feeding the treats, they will eat their bought feed. Treats dilute the nutrition they need to grow, lay, and make new feathers!!!!!
     

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