Molting in this cold *burr*

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by monarc23, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Hens I just reciently got (a few weekends ago) were/are molting. The one hens breast is nothing but blood feathers. Is it normal for them to molt this time of year? Is there anything I can suppliment them with to help the feathers grow in efficiently/faster???
     
  2. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    My poor girls are molting now, too & down to just pin feathers in places. I have been feeding them black oil sunflower seeds for extra protein. Some people feed catfood, but I just don't like to... I thought about trying some game bird feed which is also higher protein.
     
  3. monarc23

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    Quote:I already feed a gamebird/poultry (dumor- its appropriate for both game and chickens). I actually like the cat food idea. I already suppliment my quails with cat food because of their higher protien requirement i should have thought of that for the chickens! [​IMG] Some people are worried about the cat food but theres really nothing to worry about, even the cheapest brand is pretty good (better for birds than cats even as cats cant deal with grains). [​IMG]

    Thank you for the info!!!! [​IMG] I feel so bad for mine too [​IMG]
     
  4. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think mine are molting for the first time right now. One has bare spots, some of the others have fluffy feathers again and feathers are everywhere!
     
  5. peeboo

    peeboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    same here. they started as soon as it got very cold. so far they have been holding up pretty well. but it looks like it would be awful!
     
  6. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:There has been more than one evening where I saw all the feathers in the run and my heart just sank because I thought for certain one of my chickens had been shredded by a predator.

    But no - they are just molting like crazy! [​IMG]
     
  7. monarc23

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    Quote:There has been more than one evening where I saw all the feathers in the run and my heart just sank because I thought for certain one of my chickens had been shredded by a predator.

    But no - they are just molting like crazy! [​IMG]

    haha i thought that today when i saw feathers! I had all my chickens there but i saw several feathers then I saw the hen with the blood feathers...OOHHH duh! LOL!
     
  8. Mrs MIA

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    My hens are molting, too... silly birds. I need to give them down jackets!!
    I know not everyone has a bunch of salmon or halibut in the freezer, but I boil up fish for my girls to help them get through their molt faster. It's almost pure protein and wonderful fish oils. They love it warm, too, especially when it's -30F outside! [​IMG] Boil up some eggs and crumble them for them, shell and all... that will help, too. [​IMG]
     
  9. monarc23

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    Mrs. AK-Bird-Brain :

    My hens are molting, too... silly birds. I need to give them down jackets!!
    I know not everyone has a bunch of salmon or halibut in the freezer, but I boil up fish for my girls to help them get through their molt faster. It's almost pure protein and wonderful fish oils. They love it warm, too, especially when it's -30F outside! [​IMG] Boil up some eggs and crumble them for them, shell and all... that will help, too. [​IMG]

    If our freezer didnt die this summer i'd still of had trout and tilapia i could have given them! [​IMG] Store bought eggs boiled and kitty food it shall be hehe htanks!​
     
  10. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Try not to shriek in horror...

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    She was beautiful a few weeks ago.
     

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