In the Brooder
- Aug 20, 2019
I have three golden laced wyandottes that are a year old this week. I live in Florida, so it's pretty hot, and I wasn't too concerned when their egg production dropped off the last couple of weeks, even though they've been really good layers. I'm now down to one egg a day, if I'm lucky, and the coop is FULL of feathers the last few days. Everyone is mite-free, no one has any bald spots yet, and I do see new feathers coming in on two of them. They seem fine, other than perhaps being a little thinner than usual. Everything I've read says chickens don't usually molt until they're closer to 16 or 18 months, but I have no idea what else it could be. Do I need to change them to a special feed with more protein? Supplement with mealworms and boiled eggs? I'm particularly nervous about my girls since my Brown Leghorn died suddenly a few weeks ago. She perfectly was fine when we let them out to free range for the day, and an hour later she was collapsed in the coop.