Hello from Iowa!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tweetyscage, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. tweetyscage

    tweetyscage New Egg

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    My family and I are new to raising chickens, my daughters age 13 and 11 talked their dad into it!

    We are so glad they did and never expected to enjoy chickens so much. We purchased our chicks last May and after a few trials and tribulations we have 14 hens.

    Is it possible for them to still be going through a molt? We have 2 that are laying one egg per day but the rest have not layed since it has gotten colder, probably early December. The feathers on a few still seem to be falling out. Do I need to add something to their diet, we are just using layer feed now with lots of fresh water ( hard to do this time of year, LOL).

    Any feedback would be appreciated!

    Thanks!
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    If they started molting late last year, yes it is possible they are still molting. Birds molt at different rates depending on their health, their diet, stress and other factors. The best you can do is keep the treats down to a dull roar during a molt because they really need to be eating a good healthy diet. Feathers are made up of 85% protein and can be quite stressful on them to begin with. I like to add cooked ground Turkey to their diet during a molt. Meat is a complete protein and easy to break down for good feather growth. Helps them grown them in better and faster. A couple times a week on the meat. My birds are just now finishing up with their molts. Yours are probably not far behind.

    Good luck with your flock and welcome to ours!
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    It is possible that they are still molting. My older hens started molting around November and have only now started laying again. The layer feed should be sufficient. Though, if they're losing lots of feathers, providing some extra protein in the form of sunflower seeds, mealworms, or scrambled eggs could help.

    Good luck with your birds!
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    It wouldn't be unusual for your hens to still be molting, or at least not quite ready to lay again. A few of my hens began molting in October, and they haven't started laying yet, either. As the weather gets warmer and the daylight hours increase, your hens should be more stimulated to lay.

    Good luck with your flock!
     
  7. Kelsie2290

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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Hens often slow down or stop egg production during the dark, dreary months of winter., even without molting. With spring coming they should be ready to begin anew. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
     
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    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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