Molting and egglaying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rebbetzin, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    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???
     
  2. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    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.
     
  3. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2010

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