Moulting

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Huehueboy, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. Huehueboy

    Huehueboy Out Of The Brooder

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    Recently i picked up some new hens (3 in fact) that are molting. They are about 2 years old, all americounas. Question is, what is the best to help these girls get through the molting process. I have read that you give them extra protein, change their feed, leave them in there pin.

    I have not introduced them to the other six hens that i have cause it says not to.

    Thoughts.....

    Jerry
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Feed as much as they will eat possibly adding some BOSS or dry cat food, keep them warm and dry, and wait until they are fully refeathered before integrating to your flock.
     
  3. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is feed called Feather Fixer that has extra protein, also you can add protein in the form of scrambled eggs and a little cooked hamburger. Tofu is also a snack they will love.
     
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome Jerry

    Glad you could join the flock! Congrats in your new girls :celebrate I too would not add them to your existing birds untill they have finished their moults as they will be down in power right now. Will certainly be best to add them when they are feeling in good health. Plus it gives you chance to quarantine your new ones so you can be sure they are not carrying any disease that could affect your exsisting birds. I have found that my birds do ok during moult by staying on their layer feed but I supplement them with some scrambled or hard boiled chopped egg. They also have a poultry vitamin and mineral supplement in the water. You could always switch them to a grower feed as this is higher in protein for them.

    Wishing you the very best of luck with your new ladies.
    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
     
  5. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Hello Jerry!
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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
     
  6. Huehueboy

    Huehueboy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone for your info. I will put this to the works.

    Jerry

    PS .. Love that i get great, fast info back so promptly.
     
  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright Jerry, [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]





    I do not change the feed but I do add some scrambled eggs to the diet [​IMG]
     
  8. Huehueboy

    Huehueboy Out Of The Brooder

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    Another question......the same owner of the 3 hens i picked up wants to give up the another hen. I have only had the three hens one day so far, will the three hens remember the family member or do i need to separate her to or can i stick her in with the three hens....they all would have come from the same owner/ coop?

    Jerry
     
  9. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    After only a day you should be OK to just add her to the three new ones. I've been moving pullets around just recently as they have sold to make more manageable groups and some had been apart for a couple of days or so amd they mixed back in well together. I would do it sooner rather than later though to try and avoid any reintroduction issues.
     
  10. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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    Hi Jerry, [​IMG]

    It sounds like your flock is growing quickly!
     

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