Moulting hens and feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DDRanch, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
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    It looks like my 1 year old hens are starting to moult. I have them on 20% organic crumble layer feed. Should I be providing anything special for the moulting season?

    They also get scratch, and a big supply of garden vegs and fruit. And of course oyster shell. And they free range about 6 hours a day.

    Anne
     
  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    I have heard that adding a little extra protein (scrambled/boiled eggs, etc) will help them grow in their new feathers easier. It takes a lot out of a chicken to grow feathers! [​IMG]
     
  3. chixbvs

    chixbvs Out Of The Brooder

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    I also read on here that black sunflower seeds will help them to grow feathers back quicker-
     
  4. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First off, 20% is plenty of protein, you don't need to add any more. Second, black oil sunflower seeds will help, as they contain nutrients that feathers need. You might want to check out this article on feeding, and moulting HERE .
     
  5. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    California
    Great info, thank you. Where would I get black oil sunflower seeds? Are the pet/bird sunflower seeds different?

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  6. Mrs MIA

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    Thanks for the link, CUDA... [​IMG]
     
  7. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can get black oil sunflower seeds anywhere they sell wild bird seed. I know TSC carries them in 50 lb bags.
     
  8. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    California
    TSC? What store is that?

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  9. Mrs MIA

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    Just about anyone that sells feed or wildbirdseed has it. [​IMG]
     

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