Molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jeniep, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. Jeniep

    Jeniep Out Of The Brooder

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    Out of four hens I have one that is laying eggs. One of my buff orpingtons is going through a very bad molt. Most of her feathers around her neck, and across her chest and even wings are mostly gone. The other hens are picking on her and not allowing her in the food hopper. I put her by herself for a couple of days but she seems very depressed. Any suggestions?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Provide multiple feed and water stations and return her to the flock.
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Yeah, first what are you feeding the Birds?



    Cheers!
     
  4. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I switched mine to 18% all flock, they are molting pretty heavily now and coldest day of the winter is tomorrow, low 20s today but a high below zero tomorrow.
    I am supplementing with scratch and mealworms in the evening to try and get the gizzard to keep them warm but keep protein up, and just because it is going to be so cold I gave them the chick panel heater, I know it wont cast a lot of heat on them from 16-18" but I think it will do something.
    My Delaware looks more like a porcupine than a chicken.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Ditto.
     
  6. Jeniep

    Jeniep Out Of The Brooder

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    I am feeding them organic layer feed. Also some sunflower seed and mealworms.
     
  7. Jeniep

    Jeniep Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes my little buff also looks like a porcupine.
     
  8. Jeniep

    Jeniep Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all for your help! Jeniep
     

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