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Molting is taking forever!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MissFink, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. MissFink

    MissFink Hatching

    Jul 11, 2010
    I have a Blue Andalusian that started her molt in the late summer (August or September). Her feathers are mostly grown in, but her comb and wattle are still shriveled. She doesn't squat and hasn't had an egg since the molt started- at least 4 months! Is this normal? Anything I can do to move things along?

  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    You can up the protein by giving meat scraps, tuna, cat food (in moderation, it has lots of sodium) to help them get through the molt.

    I have a couple stubborn girls. (my barred rock and my buttercup) They were the first to start their molts, and are still not laying. Other girls started molting after them, and have already started laying again.

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