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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Creaking pines kids, Oct 17, 2011.
Some of my hens are moulting and seem to be losing their appetite. Is this normal?
I'm new to chickens but two of mine (18 month olds) are in a long molt right now and their appetites are definitely off. I have been sneaking them out extra protein treats because they don't even bother to try and eat from the daily treat plate anymore.
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My EE, Nutmeg, is in her first real molt and she seems abit aloof and off her food as well. She has always been a lively, almost roostery in behavior but now is just quiet, in the backround and just a little off. Her EE pal, Sugar, is off her molt and was the same way but her appetite is back with a vengence and she is running and fliting around Nutmeg.
I think it is normal, but a good idea to sneak in extra treats in general (especially protein), vitamins in the water and keep them free from drafts. A little TLC during their "special" time will carry them through.
I noticed the same thing in mine. They seem to be improving now though. I started feeding them eggs and rice for the extra protein and calories. It stopped the weight loss almost immediately.
Thank you for the quick response!
I notice a drop in food consumption goes hand in hand with a drop in egg production, too. A molting chicken is probably not laying or not laying much. In the winter when egg laying goes down I notice our flock consumes less food, also.