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molting but not eating

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Gardenpig, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Gardenpig

    Gardenpig Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2010
    I think my chickens are molting but they don't seem to be eating or drinking anything. [​IMG] Is this normal for molting? Also they stopped laying eggs...any help would be great. Thank you!
  2. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 21, 2011
    It's normal for them to quit laying when they moult but they should still be eating and drinking.
  3. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    I noticed mine ate less while molting, and dropped a bit of weight. I started mixing their feed into scrambled eggs (mixed and then cooked). They loved it! This gave a nice protein boost and got them through it. I did not notice decreased water consumption though. You could add some electrolytes to maintain hydration.
  4. Gardenpig

    Gardenpig Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2010
    oh ok...i'm getting worried because their water is the same as i saw it yesterday... [​IMG] can i force them to drink it?
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You can try dripping water on the side of their beak and letting them take it in, or even dipping the tip of the beak to get them started. Is it possible there are also lice/mites present, or some other problem going on as well? Any chance the feed isn't up to par, that it got wet, or wasn't fresh when you bought it? This does sound like a really bad reaction to molting, if nothing else. I know it does make them uncomfortable.

    One way or another, I'd work at getting them to eat and drink, and probably add a supplement to the water, maybe a little Poly Vi Sol or other vitamins / electrolytes (also sold at most feed stores.) Attractive, nutritious snacks like scrambled eggs are a good idea, too. I wish you luck.
  6. luzmiila

    luzmiila Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 23, 2015
    Hi my chicken is molting and she is not eating a lot. Some lettuce, some worms and yogurth and water. But that is all. She is more frightened than usual.



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