Molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kdelorme2005, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. kdelorme2005

    kdelorme2005 Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls have started to molt a few more then others. We have added protein to their diet but is there anything else we can do? It's super cold where I live (last few weeks it's been below zero) along with shorter days. They seem depressed and bored. Any suggestions?
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Molting takes a lot out of a bird. My flock gets tired, low appetite and even some loose stools, (most likely because they are eating less and drinking more). They also can become a bit more shy than they normally are. I find that adding some probiotics to the water helps keep the immune system perked up. Apple cider vinegar helps to increase appetites, and they get some meat a couple times a week to help with the feather growth.

    You might dampen their layer feed to help coax them to eat more as they need a balanced diet more than ever during a molt. Once your birds get thru the molt, they should return back to their old perky selves.
     
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