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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bucky52, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. bucky52

    bucky52 Songster

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    my hens are molting.they are on purina layena.do they need something other than layer to help them through their molt.
     

  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

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    While they are molting some like to feed them a higher protein feed. Feathers are mostly protein after all.
     
  3. Mine are molting like crazy. I'm giving them extra meal worms and some scrambled egg to help them thru.
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    My birds are going through heavy molts. It looks like they have been having pillow fights with all of the feathers.

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  5. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    Since they probably won't lay you can take them off the layer feed and put them on a flock raiser feed that has 20% protein.
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I can't get flock raiser feed here where I live but I have found a feed store in my area that sells a 22% poultry feed that I have to special order and if I can't get it I use gamebird feed which is 20% protein. I think it helps the birds when they are molting.
     
  7. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    I have heard of people using the gamebird mix while molting. Works pretty good and I guess they gobble it up.
     

  8. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

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    It looks like my yard Aleida lol. I'm currently feeding mine gamebird feed as well.
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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  10. cboriskin

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    I have four hens altogether. Two of them are molting and two aren't and still laying. Do I offer both layer and flock raiser or take the layer feed out?
     

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