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hens molting

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicken parm, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. chicken parm

    chicken parm Out Of The Brooder

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    Nov 19, 2008
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    my hens are starting to molt but it's still winter. is that normal? they are 9 months old, how long should it take?
     
  2. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    it is normal, mine always seem to molt at the beginign of winter, just keep them warm. A molt can take anywhere from a few week to a few months, just provide extra protein, they will molt faster that way.
     
  3. chicken parm

    chicken parm Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks, I feed them 16% layer feed now. the highest protien I can get is 24% would that effect the hens still laying?
     
  4. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    i would keep them on the layer and either give them a little cat food, grain and beans, or worms, these are all high in protein.
     
  5. chicken parm

    chicken parm Out Of The Brooder

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    oh that's good I have been giving them a handful of catfood everyday.
     
  6. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    well then your doing fine! [​IMG]
     

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