Molting in the winter

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by suzieq, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. suzieq

    suzieq Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a new hen that was shipped to me. I am guessing because she was in a dark box for two days she has begun to molt. Is there anyway to stop a molt. I know feeding them cat food will help speed up the regrowth of new feathers but what about the loss of current feathers?

    Thanks Susan





    70 laying hens, 20 bantams, 2 mini dachshunds and cleo the cat
     
  2. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I would think stress could be a big factor. Dark box, shipping, change in temps....

    Cat food is ok as an occasional treat but not recommended as a regular staple. I would give her electrolytes in her water to make sure she isn't overly dehydrated as she will probably be stressed about a new home on addition to the other stuff. I would give her a light dusting of DE and put her on a basic diet with maybe some high protein pellets mixed in with her feed. I like to use gamebird pellets as an add on to my feed mix.

    I'm sure someone will come along with better or more practical advice.

    Best of luck with the new hen .

    Julie [​IMG]
     
  3. suzieq

    suzieq Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you I will do those things...

    Susan
     
  4. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    scrambled eggs are really good for protein and getting a hen to eat. just an added thought...........
     

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