Forced Molt

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by elfkin2001, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. elfkin2001

    elfkin2001 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am interested in the subject of a forced molt. We only covered it very briefly in my poultry breeding class and I wanted some more info on the subject.

    Would it really even be possible in a free-range situation?
     
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    It is my opinion that it isn't a good idea and borders on abuse....to with hold water for hours from a gentle fowl that needs to drink often is not in any plans that most backyard flock owners have in mind.

    Backyard chicken owners take the high road....creating a better environment for their flock....producing superior eggs, while giving the hens a life the way God ment it to be.

    Convince me that a forced molt has any purpose in a healthy backyard flock?

    bigzio
     
  3. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Forcing a molt? That sounds pretty inhumane.... [​IMG]
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    In my opinion, that is a cruel practice undertaken by commercial operations and has no place in a backyard flock. I'm not even going to keep lights on in the winter since it causes reproductive cancers in chickens to force them to lay artificially. Can't imagine what forcing a molt would do to them. And to answer your question, I dont believe you can do that in a freerange situation. Read about it here: http://www.upc-online.org/molting/
     
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  5. elfkin2001

    elfkin2001 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have no information on a forced molt other than the fact that it's used by commercial breeders. I appreciate the link and the info you have. The way my professor briefly explained it, it seemed to have more to do with lighting than food and water.

    I would never with-hold food or water from any animal. It goes against everything I believe in. If it could be done with a manipulation of light I may have considered it. I have several hens that I rescued who have damaged backs from being bred too much. I am trying to find a way to rejuvinate them and help kick start feather growth.

    Thanks for the info. [​IMG]
     
  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Additional protein and vitamin E will help them regrow their feathers. You can feed them eggs (cooked - scrambled/boiled) and black oil sunflower seeds (with the shells on). You can use vitamin E pills (liquid capsules), break the capsule over food or treats. [​IMG]

    Definitely keep them away from any boys and in a stress-less environment. [​IMG] Lots of sunshine & ranging will do them good, but apply some sunscreen to their bare spots or they'll burn!
     
  7. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the purpose of forcing a molt?
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    To make them get it over and back into production fast. Some take a long time to molt. Forcing it makes it faster, but is very hard on the bird.
     

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