Hens loosing feathers

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by Jesusfreakmir12, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. Jesusfreakmir12

    Jesusfreakmir12 In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2012
    Hello, some of my hens are molting and look pretty beat up. Is there anything I can give them to help them regrow their feathers?
  2. More protein, either get a higher protein food or supplement with a little dry cat food, meat scraps, meal worms or any other high protein food...
  3. DrMikelleRoeder

    DrMikelleRoeder Chirping

    Nov 3, 2014
    The best thing you can do for molting birds is minimize stress. Losing feathers during molting is a natural process for your flock, one that, though not pretty, is restorative.

    To help support your birds through their molt:
    • Make sure you offer plenty of space (4 sq.ft./bird inside and 10 sq.ft./bird outside)
    • Wait until the molt finishes before adding new members to the flock
    • Provide balanced and complete nutrition (Flock Raiser is a great molting feed)
    • Allow free-choice access to clean, fresh water
    • Offer plenty of soft, clean bedding
    • Minimize handling – the birds are very sensitive during feather regrowth
    • Provide warmth

    It is a rough period, but molting is a chicken’s natural version of refreshing. Once completed, expect your birds to return to normal egg production (perhaps with slightly larger eggs than in their first cycle) and beauty!.

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