Molting 101

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ilovemyladies!, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Ilovemyladies!

    Ilovemyladies! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Hills of Kentucky
    I've got a couple of questions on molting:
    1. When does it happen and for how long?
    2. Does egg-laying stop?
    3. Can you give them dry kitty food for extra protein?

    -Shannon [​IMG]
  2. Poppafrog

    Poppafrog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2011
    Horn Lake MS
    good goona hang around and wait for an answer too...LOL
  3. Gerry2011

    Gerry2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2011
    NW Arkansas
    Me too..............
  4. top of the hill

    top of the hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2011
    Funny you asked this... I've been checking into the same thing![​IMG]

    from what I understand (and there are exceptions as every chicken is different) but generally they moult once every year and start at about a year (some two years). they do not lay eggs while moulting because thier body needs all that energy and nutrients to grow new feathers. It lasts about 2 months but can be sped up with extra protien.

    As far as cat food goes, there is a chart on the BYC site that lists what you should and should not feed your chickens. Cat food was on the should not feed list. I'm not sure why, perhaps I can find the link, but it had some toxin that was not good for a chickens digestive track. perhaps some scrambled egg or some yogurt?
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I do give my birds higher protein feed when they are molting the only problem is that they usually don't all molt at the same time and I have had birds molt in the winter. My birds molts usually last about a month. Many times I also add vitamins with electrolytes in their water also, especially, when it is hot out. They usually stop laying during their molt but can lay an egg during their molt.

    Here is the link to BYC Chicken Treat Chart.

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