moulting feathers?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Billie, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. Billie

    Billie New Egg

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    We are new at raising chickens, we have nine chicks, 6 different breeds including two silkies. One silky just finished her "brooting" session but today I found the other one brooting but losing several feathers. Is this normal? She eats fine when I take her out of the nest but just doesn't seem to have the normal energy.
     
  2. chickenmum

    chickenmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, molting is natural. But the energy? [​IMG] The don't lay as much while they're molting, but...[​IMG]
     
  3. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our birds went through a tough moulting this year, I've never seen such a thing until BYCers started posting pics and my girls were mild! (thanks guys), but while moulting, I feed a feed with higher protein and fat so that they would have the energy to grow new healthy feathers. They most certainly did at that. Still, they are not back to laying yet, if lucky we will collect 2 eggs a day.
    It really takes a lot of energy to go through it, almost like how our bodies heal from a surgery, the feathers don't hurt as long as they are not pulled or pushed, then it appears to bother them. Also, they will seem depressed, shy away from everyone almost embarrised.
    But, now my girls are fully feathered, winter coats on, they are happy, healthy and vibrant!
    Good luck to you and just give them some good wholesome foods, yogurt, fruits, veggies, sprouted wheat, oat +rye seeds(human quality!), they love it and it will help give them nice vitemans.
     

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