Help on feeeding during the moult

MuscovyMad

Chirping
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Dec 2, 2010
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Currently i feed my chickens a mixture of oats in the morning, then they get to free range all day around a farm and before they go to bed in the evening i give them layers pellets. This seems to be adequate at the moment however i was wondering if anyone could give me any tips on keeping the chickens in a good enough condition such that they continue to lay through the moult. I.e should i resort to 2 feeds of layers pellets for extra vitamins and minerals, or 2 feeds of oats for extra energy.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks
 

sonew123

Poultry Snuggie
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Mar 16, 2009
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Quote:I don't think you'll find anyone who can give you that secret. I have yet to find out what it is. Birds do not lay through molt:( All the protein they absorb goes towards producing new feathers. You can add protein to maybe speed the process of molting like with Boss and treats naturally rich in protein....
 

ChickenAl

Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed
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Jun 5, 2011
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Quote:I don't think you'll find anyone who can give you that secret. I have yet to find out what it is. Birds do not lay through molt:( All the protein they absorb goes towards producing new feathers. You can add protein to maybe speed the process of molting like with Boss and treats naturally rich in protein....

I agree. Extra protein at this time would be a prudent thing to do. Keeping flocks in good health under any stressful condition is always wise. Hard enough to regrow feathers without having to push out an egg a day. Don't try to make them into production machines. Their bodies will tell them when they are ready to produce eggs again.
 

Egghead_Jr

Crowing
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Oct 16, 2010
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Up the protein. In your case that would be just providing layer pellets all day, so if they wanted it they can eat it. BOSS and oatmeal are high in fat, more a winter treat.
 

MuscovyMad

Chirping
9 Years
Dec 2, 2010
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I'm not really bothered if they lay or not through the moult. I just want to keep them in good condition for winter. So general idea being to increase the amount of pellets to keep nutrition levels up. We do have a cat on the farm which unfortunately gives up it's food to the chickens. So they do get some cat food in their diet already.

Thanks for the the advice
 

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