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moulting

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lmoosse, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. lmoosse

    lmoosse New Egg

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    Hi ...relatively new chicken owner. I have a flock of 9, one year old chickens and added 6 more this spring. Several of the older chickens seem to be doing what I have been calling a perpetual moult. It just keeps going and going. Any thoughts? Will it stop eventually? Is there anything I can do to make it end? Thanks
     
  2. chickee

    chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Unfortunately, once they start molting it seems like forever for them to finish [​IMG] Some of mine are going through a molt right now and look so scruffy. Feathers are made from protein, so to help the new feathers grow back in I throw my chickens a handful of black oil sunflower seeds (purchased at the feed store) that are high in protein, and old fashioned oats for the B vitamins, in the morning. Chopped Romaine lettuce once a day really gives them a boost because it is high in Thiamine which is necessary for good heart and nervous system health. Good Luck [​IMG] Oh, and [​IMG]
     
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  3. CarlaS

    CarlaS Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] from MN! Good luck w/ your chickens! [​IMG]
     
  4. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi from Ga.

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    WELCOME ABOARD. [​IMG]
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    [​IMG] from Kansas, Imoosee! Glad you joined the forum. I'm pretty new to birds myself so I'm [​IMG] on your moulting question! Best of luck! [​IMG]
     
  6. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WELCOME!

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  7. Skitz

    Skitz Skitz15k

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Good advice given on raising the protien. You can also give them some chick starter to up their protein level. [​IMG]
     
  9. CarlaS

    CarlaS Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] to BYC!
     
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. I know what you mean. Some of ours are moulting right now (some of the ducks, too) & they look so scraggly that I feel sorry for them.
     

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