- Jul 3, 2011
Two of my six March chicks are molting after coming into lay for a few months. One may be due to stress, as I'm finishing up two weeks of forcing an antibiotic down her beak, but the other -- the first to lay -- is a mystery. All that has changed is ration: When they came into lay, the flock was on a 50:50 layer/meatbird ration to bump the protein to 19 percent, as my flock elders were molting and I wanted to give them some help. The youngsters' molts followed a return to strict 16 percent layer after the elders finished putting on new plumage, but that should not trigger a molt. Anyone else have their pullets molt during their first winter? I've never seen it in 20 years of rearing chicks.