First time molting - Anything I need to know?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ScotianChick, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. ScotianChick

    ScotianChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2010
    My SLW Go-Go went broody like 6 times this year and I think due to her exhaustion she is molting. She looks terrible and is so thin. Is there anything I need to know? I put a vest on her just to protect her from the sun a little bit. Her wings are bald in that little crook and they look so sunburnt.
  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Up her protein intake to help her with feather growth and weight gain. Game bird feed would be good. That's what I gave mine during a molt.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Yes, increasing their protein during a molt will help them get through their molt. However, if the feather loss is in the crook of the wing where it connects to the body, that sounds like rooster damage from mating.

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