How to help my injured molting hen put on weight?

Artichoke Lover

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Jul 27, 2020
Southeast US
I’ve got a hen going through a pretty bad molt who got injured about a week ago and while she seems to be healing up pretty well. But I’m worried about how much weight she’s lost. No problems eating it’s just difficult to get enough calories in her.
I’ve stopped low calorie treats for now and she has all day access to 22% layer feed or 22% chick feed. Anything I can give her to help her put the weight back on? Mealworms? Scratch? Crickets? Scrambled egg?


Apr 21, 2018
Wilmington, NC
When we have those that are not interested in eating, we mix up starter feed (for the protein) with a mixed-berry yogurt, fried egg yolks, and some vitamins like Nutri-Drench. Mix it to a moist paste, and they have a hard time saying "no"...
If you have access to live meal-worms (we grow them here just for our birds), they are hard for any bird to turn away from, and they're pure protein :)

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