Feather Fixer ~ Good for molting hen(s)?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by HuffleClaw, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. Yes - it will be helpful

    12 vote(s)
    63.2%
  2. No - it most likely will not improve anything

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Maybe - I’ve never used it, but it appears to be useful!

    7 vote(s)
    36.8%
  1. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Quack!

    10,497
    76,521
    1,317
    Jul 8, 2018
    AL
    I have an old Blue Orp hen, Big Heifer (BH), who is molting. She’s molting pretty heavily and has been for a while (at least 2 months). I’m pretty sure she’s molting, and I’ve checked for mites, parasites, etc.

    Would it be helpful to purchase some “Feather Fixer” for her? She’s pretty old and getting thin, I suspect she needs a higher protein feed.


    Her diet-
    She free ranges for a *minimum* 3 hours, about 4 days a week.

    Layer feed

    A bit of scratch feed (every now and then, I know it’s used for treats).
    ———————————————

    And if the Feather Fixer won’t be helpful, anything else that will? :)

    *i’ll get some pictures soon*


    ~HuffleClaw~
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2018
  2. Woytgirl

    Woytgirl Songster

    367
    307
    157
    Apr 24, 2017
    I’d use it.
     
    Melky and HuffleClaw like this.
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    18,944
    5,644
    511
    Nov 18, 2007
    Florida
    My Coop
    I use Game Bird breeder feed, 20% protein. My birds are molting too. Some are going through heavy molts and some light molts. My egg production has dropped off significantly but I'm still getting some eggs mostly from my Leghorns and Rhode Island Whites.
     
    Aceoky, Melky and HuffleClaw like this.
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    13,278
    12,371
    716
    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I use Flock Raiser instead. It looked better, and less expensive, with oyster shell offered separately, for all my birds, molting or not. Make sure that you get fresh feed according to the mill date on each bag, whatever you feed.
    Feather Fixer looks better than a layer diet anyway.
    Mary
     
  5. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Quack!

    10,497
    76,521
    1,317
    Jul 8, 2018
    AL
    Pictures: (I forgot to say her exact age, she is approximately 4-5 years old):
    DECD013C-DCC8-42B0-972C-6E947487F2F3.jpeg 24F3B2EB-85D1-4A79-93A8-27243CB63489.jpeg E73229E9-2480-494D-9525-C93988FBA8FF.jpeg D22F3486-1512-4037-A8C8-48C7624FC0B2.jpeg 5B05D6A5-C006-421A-97AA-A98920920044.jpeg AD5CAA3D-8248-41EE-808A-29D14D019D7F.jpeg DF318DFD-17A9-4E6F-BBDC-DF568A8A774E.jpeg
     
    Melky, AnimalGeek23 and townchicks like this.
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    13,278
    12,371
    716
    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Molting can be so ugly and dramatic! Poor girl!
    Make sure there aren't any mites or lice adding to her issues.
    Mary
     
  7. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Quack!

    10,497
    76,521
    1,317
    Jul 8, 2018
    AL
    I checked for lice, mites, etc. I didn’t see any. I feel so bad for her.
     
    Melky, townchicks and Woytgirl like this.
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    18,944
    5,644
    511
    Nov 18, 2007
    Florida
    My Coop
    Often times you might not see the mites during the day but may see the mites at night because often they come out at night to feed on the birds. I have a head light I wear out to the coops at night to see if I see any mites on them.
     
    Aceoky, Melky, Miss Lydia and 3 others like this.
  9. Matieus27

    Matieus27 Songster

    595
    1,590
    206
    Oct 13, 2018
    Owasso, OK
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    18,944
    5,644
    511
    Nov 18, 2007
    Florida
    My Coop
    This past summer I had mites for the first time. I don't know how the birds got them and luckily the mites were only in one coop but I sprayed all the coops as a preventative.
     
    Aceoky, Melky, Miss Lydia and 3 others like this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: