Might extra protein help molting hens get their feathers back?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NHchicks, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. NHchicks

    NHchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2010
    Someone mentioned feathers falling out due to lack of protein (or something like that) and it leads me to wonder whether I shouldn't cook up some eggs for my molting hens to help them feather up a little faster. Does anyone know if extra protein might help shorten the molt process? (It's getting cold outside)
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    That is the idea that is often suggested. Not sure if it is true. Growing feathers takes a lot of protein. Besides eggs you can give meat, cheese, yogurt, milk, even catfood. Really any source of protein. If you give dry beans make sure they are well cooked. (uncooked is toxic).

    As long as they have a dry draft free coop they should be OK with the cold.

    Imp- well unless NH means "New Home in Antarctica" [​IMG]

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    The molt is a stressful time for the bird. Regrowing feathers requires adequate protein. Supplementing their diet with extra protein eases the physical stress the birds are experiencing & helps them to re-feather more easily.
  4. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:You can also give them canned tuna/mackerel, alfalfa meal/pellets, gamebird/turkey feed, peas (ground up or cooked), fishmeal, etc.

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