molting

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by erinkate, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. erinkate

    erinkate Out Of The Brooder

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    My 1.5 year old hen just started molting...just in time for our first snow! is this normal???

    Thanks!
     
  2. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes as the molt is usually triggered by the amount of diminishing light in the fall. It just happened to snow at the same time, just a coincident.
     
  3. Crazy4cochins

    Crazy4cochins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Am I allowed to barge in on your thread or am I suppose to post another question about molting? Sorry if I am not suppose to [​IMG]
    can I ask a molting question, Mine are going to be 2 in march and are molting right now also, Is it possible they are hungrier during molt?And are a little more grumpy??? Thanks
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Grumpier perhaps. I can't imagine it's too comfortable for them, feeling like a porcupine and all. They do need all the protein they can get at this point, to grow new feathers. You can switch them to a higher protein feed or offer lots of high protein snacks.
    I have one hen that's in a bad way with her molt. She is acting very uncomfortable. She's nothung but a pincushion right now and can't stand to snuggle on the roost anywhere near the others.
     
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