Moulting = Shrunken Comb/Wattles?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 2DogsFarm, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    My Delaware hens are moulting.
    They are past the godawful stage & looking fluffier but their combs & wattles are shrunken.

    I've been adding protein to their morning treat of oatmeal w/yogurt in the form of canned cat food.
    Is there anything else I can try to help them get back in shape?

  2. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    Not really... I add more protein and then wait it out.

    When they're getting ready to lay again, they go red in the face and their comb/wattles go back to how they're supposed to be. It's like waiting on the first egg all over again!
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Cat food in any quantity is not a good formula for chickens; don't give too much. We can buy canned mackerel (tuna aisle) here pretty cheap and it's a big can. Most any meat, cooked or raw -- mine get leftovers sometimes. The bones or carcass of whatever you cook is always good; they love to pick it clean. Tuna is good, of course, but costs more. Scraps from cleaning fish or hunting are great if you can get them.
  4. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Thanks to both for your answers

    OMG - so I have a whole 'nother Eggwait to go through?

    ok - will switch to mackerel.
    will my girls have stinky fishbreath? [​IMG]

  5. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    Quote:Only when you kiss them! [​IMG]
  6. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana

    if they had lips, I probably would [​IMG]

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