Moulting/appetite?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Creaking pines kids, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Creaking pines kids

    Creaking pines kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of my hens are moulting and seem to be losing their appetite. Is this normal?
     
  2. corliss

    corliss Out Of The Brooder

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    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.

    Oh, and welcome to BYC!
     
  3. Spinster_Sister

    Spinster_Sister Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  4. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    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.
     
  5. Creaking pines kids

    Creaking pines kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the quick response!
     
  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     

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