molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mwells6chicks, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. mwells6chicks

    mwells6chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a hen in the middle of a molt. She stopped laying eggs about 6 days ago. She has lost alot of feathers and stays inside the coop because of the cold, I assume. Is she in danger of the cold? Could she freeze to death?

    Michelle
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I doubt she's in danger but molt is hard on them. They almost always stop laying during and for a while after molt.
    Give them extra protein to help regrow feathers. Actually, since she's not laying, it's better to switch the flock to grower feed.
    I had jaerhon hens molt in January. They did fine but I worried about them.
     

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