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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by vfrench, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. vfrench

    vfrench New Egg

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    We started raising chickens last year this year around November they molted. I felt like I could stuff three pillows with all the feathers. I have had different birds so I knew it was a molt but just before winter? The girls are done combs are pale and no eggs. What needs to be done if anything to encourage laying again. From Utah and just recent the temps dropped.
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    There is no "right" time for a chicken to molt so your birds are no different from others. Even if they no longer are losing feathers, doesn't mean they aren't still molting so don't expect eggs right away. But in the mean time, be sure to feed them lots of protein. Give them water and watch for bullying behaviors.

    Here is a link on molting
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/information-on-molting-chickens

    Good luck!
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock!! Great advice there for you from Mountain Peeps and the article is a good read. Hope you have some more eggs soon.
    Good luck with your girls and hope you enjoy BYC :frow
     
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Yes, up their protein. Chickens generally don't lay well into winter, so you shouldn't expect an instant rebound. I think you will be well rewarded when their laying systems come back on line.
     
  5. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!

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  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Nice to have you join us. The lone EE in our mixed flock has been molting (her feathers have finally stopped falling out) and I am SO looking forward to seeing her blue/green egg again in our egg basket. There's just no hurrying nature but providing the extra protein will help. Here's to more eggs for both of us!
     
  7. vfrench

    vfrench New Egg

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    Thanks for the advice I will up their protein. I heard cat food was good. My cat owes me some food since I caught her in my hawks food. I will be looking forward to good advice and eggs again.
     
  8. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Just a heads-up...there is some reservation about feeding cat food to chickens. See the attached link (go toward the bottom) to read more. Maybe it's being overly cautious but I'd err on the side of being too careful when it comes to my animals.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens
     
  9. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us. My girls are also molting, it is quite frustrating not only to us but to the chickens as well. Here's hoping they will all be over it soon.
     
  10. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

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