Molting and egglaying

rebbetzin

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Apr 4, 2008
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My hens are definately molting... they have sparce feathers on their heads and chest area. But.. I continue to get 3 to 4 eggs a day? I thought they quit laying when they were molting???
 

feathersnuggles

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Sep 4, 2009
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Some stop, and some don't. The molt is hard on them, so it's nicer for a hen if she stops laying during the molt and dedicates her energy and protein intake to her new feathers. You can help them out, especially since they are laying through the molt, by upping their protein a little. Give a few meat or fish scraps, some mealworms, bits of hardcooked eggs, or some higher protein feed during this time. Also, black oil sunflower seeds will benefit their new feathers.
 

rebbetzin

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Apr 4, 2008
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Quote:Are they able to eat the sunflower seeds shells and all? I have only seen the seed with the shells on them.
 

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