Moulting??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DeeDee63, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. DeeDee63

    DeeDee63 New Egg

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    My hens haven't given me eggs in almost 2 weeks. I believe they are moulting, there are feathers everywhere! They are Wellsummers. My hens previously have never lost their feathers like this.
    2 questions.....
    Is this the time of year that they moult normally?
    How long will moulting last?

    Thanks for any info.
    *Dee*
     
  2. akovia

    akovia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ms. Damerow has a good explanation of molting in her book, including a diagram of a hen's primary flight feathers, the condition of which will tell you how far along the birds are in the molt. Some folks recommend increasing protein to accelerate feather growth. Mostly, though, you just need to be patient[​IMG]
     
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