Late molt!

JamieMcClain

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Ok my speckled Sussex has decided to molt. Problem is it’s less than 30 decrees F outside and there’s snow on the ground! I’m afraid she will get too cold! Is there anything I can do to help her? She’s a very skittish chicken so the least stress the better.
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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30 degrees isn't all that cold for a chicken. I have some still molting too. Your chicken will be okay. All you can do is make sure you are providing enough protein so she can grow in new feathers. I recommend a 18-22% ration.
 

JamieMcClain

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Sometimes with the best of intentions people interfere. Leave her be, she will handle it just fine, and generally cooler temperatures encourages regrowth faster.

Mrs K
They do appear to be growing in fairly quick. I’d rather not mess with her. Like I said she’s very skittish and doesn’t really like me much lol.
 

JamieMcClain

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30 degrees isn't all that cold for a chicken. I have some still molting too. Your chicken will be okay. All you can do is make sure you are providing enough protein so she can grow in new feathers. I recommend a 18-22% ration.
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Honestly I use a 20% all flock because I have muscovys and geese. And they all free range during the day. They really don’t eat much actual feed.
 

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