Is there any way to shorten molt time?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chickn chick 46, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Chickn chick 46

    Chickn chick 46 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My older hens, 4-5 years old, will start to molt end of Sept into Oct with no egg production till March. Other than adding a light to the coop mid to late winter (because I do beleive in giving them a rest period from egg laying) is there any dietary way of kicking the egg production into gear earlier?

    For the record I have been reading the threads about the sunflower seeds etc, will this type of diet help or is it strickly a light issue?


    Thanks! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2009
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    over the weekend and old-timer told me to feed them turkey feed? Don't know if it works, but that's what he said.
     
  3. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put some black oil sunflower seeds and oats into their feed....seems to work for me. [​IMG]
     
  4. Chickn chick 46

    Chickn chick 46 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ok this maybe a stupid question, but would quaker oats from the grocery store work?? [​IMG]

    I am going to get some black oil sunflower seed

    I use a layer feed thats for all kinds of birds, its a layer feed, but not sure if I can get turkey feed.

    thx [​IMG]

    any other input would be great!
     
  5. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure Quaker Oats would work -- but they are way more expensive. I feed rolled oats to my little ones for treats, and occasionally to the big ones.
     
  6. princess araucana

    princess araucana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what about the whole catfood to hens in molt stuff? I think mine is starting her first and I thought I remember hearing that for extra protein??
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Feathers like eggs require high protein to create. Think of the high protein foods - eggs, cheese, yogurt, meat, black oil sunflower seeds and cat food.
     
  8. Chickn chick 46

    Chickn chick 46 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, high protein treats, such as cat food, BOSS, eggs should be given during molt a few times a week?? I was going to mix up my own concoction, minus the eggs.

    I just gave them left over scrambled eggs and they loved them.
     
  9. jafo

    jafo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Leftover scrambled eggs, I'm coming to your house!
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Yep, I give them one or the other each day; eggs one day, cat food the next, yogurt several times a week.
     

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