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Molting Questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickaroo!, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. Chickaroo!

    Chickaroo! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My black sex link is beginning to molt. She's missing a bunch of feathers on one side of her rump and her pretty tail feathers are ragged and few.

    My questions are: Is it normal to molt this time of year? Should I expect any behavior changes in egg laying? Will her poos by any different?
     
  2. Heidi

    Heidi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    It is normal for hens to molt this time of year - in fact I have a few that are in molt right now. My hens have quit laying while they molt, but I have heard of hens laying periodically during a molt. I highly doubt you will get eggs regularly. Make sure you feed your molting hen extra protien as molting is hard on them. As for the poop - I haven't noticed anything different.
     
  3. Chickaroo!

    Chickaroo! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Heidi. What do you feed your hen for extra protien? I'm thinking scrambled eggs?
    She has stopped laying. She seems, however, to have a bit of loose poo. Maybe I should make her some brown rice?
     
  4. Heidi

    Heidi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    For extra protien I feed egg or a handful of cat food. There's lots of controversy on cat food though, but I notice most people here feed some cat food. I also feed my chickens all my scrapes after dinner including pizza and lasagna. The pooh is nasty the next day, but oh well. Brown rice would be good - mine love it.
     
  5. Chickaroo!

    Chickaroo! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, again, Heidi! I certainly have lots of eggs to spare:) Guess scrambled eggs are on the menu for tomorrow's brunch and maybe rice for dinner!! LOL
     

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