Moulting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by withca, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. withca

    withca New Egg

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    My barred rock and black australorp have been moulting now for almost three months. The rock has lost all feathers on her behind to the point where it looks like a baboon's butt. No blood, just angry looking skin. How long will this go on? My birds are one year old today - laying down only slightly. Any suggestions. Birds appear healthy otherwise.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Try upping their protein intake and that should speed things up a bit. Some birds can be really slow molters.
     
  3. withca

    withca New Egg

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    thanks - I'm new at this - can you give me some examples of appropriate protein sources?
     
  4. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Try adding some ground flaxseed to their feed. Maybe a 1/2tbsp. to each bird's daily ration. Has fiber, protien, EFA's, lowers cholesterol in eggs and in people! Great for feather-making and has done wonders for my nails and my mom's cholesterol. GOOD STUFF!
     
  5. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    I switch to chick starter when they molt.

    It ups the protien without getting all the other nutrition out of whack. [​IMG]

    It also isn't a bad idea to check them for lice and mites at this time. Their defences are down and they're sensitive when they're molting.
     

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