Forever molting

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by farmmanjim, Mar 31, 2016.

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    farmmanjim Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 15 Rhode island's, 11 Jersey giants, 1 gold sex link, and now 10 new red sexlinks. My Rhodes starting molting last July and are still a mess. This is March, 8 months later and they are still just adding down. They've had laying crumble 16%_ starter crumble 22%, cat food, free range occasionally, and a 60X150 yard. Am I missing something besides my eggs?
     
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would take them off the layer feed and put them on high protein feed. The cat food is great, but they do not need the calcium if they are not laying.
     
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    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And you could switch to pellets at this point, won't affect the molting at all, but might reduce your waste.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Sounds like more than a diet problem...but more info is needed.

    Did the other birds molt too?
    How old are they all?
    Only the RIR's not growing feathers back?
    'Adding down' is not something any adult bird does...chicks are born with down but soon replace it with 'real' feathers. Can you post some pics of these birds?
     
  5. farmmanjim

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    I got the hens from a neighbor who moved in December 2014. They were in a cramped filthy pen and had been born in early 2014. I built a new house for them and a 12x16 pen. I change the flakes in their house every 8 weeks approx. And put down DE after cleaning the house and before adding flakes. I change their nest boxes at same time and us DE in them also. They went thru winter 2014 and spring 2015 fine. 38 hens were laying 33 eggs each day. In summer 2015 only the RIR, (I'm sure they are RIRs), appeared to start molting but seems to have never stopped. I provided heat all winter for them but they didn't seem to mind the cold. I got 20 eggs a week in winter. This spring I'm getting about 12 each day. This week I noticed my gold sex link is getting bald at her tail on the back and several of my jersey giants are no getting bald chest and butts. I created a larger fenced area this spring of about 40x80. Gonna try to add some pics.
     
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    [​IMG][/IMG]Did any pictures show up?
     
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