Yeah, I was really scared about my little bantam hen when she went into her first heavy molt. I thought she was dying! She barely ate and had green poos. She huddled in the nest box or in the corner of the coop. She wouldn't eat any of the high protein that I offered. I finally just started giving her chick feed with the 20% protein levels and I also got some mealworms for her. She is doing just great how....but wow that gave me a good scare!! I think they just know instinctively what they need to do...and they tend to slow down quite a bit so as to conseve energy.
My poor Marshmallow, who's normally a big fluffy Cochin is going through a hard one this year. Every time I look at her she keeps getting smaller and smaller. Just a few tail feathers left as of yesterday. The coup is filled with white feathers, the yard is filled with white feathers and she's my only white hen. She only goes outside for a few minutes when I open the door in the evenings and she's back inside, preferably hiding in the nest.
I wonder if it's a bit painful when those new feathers start coming in all over. She really hates to be handled right now. She might look hideous right now but next month she should be her big old fluffy self.
I have been using Fat and Finish, higher fat and calories, but the 20% protein. Then each day I put pellets in the dish, add some water and let it stay moist and they eat it as a nice treat. Don't let this get over 8 hours old (according to heat) it will mold and sour.