My Snow is Molting!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CrystalPotter, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. CrystalPotter

    CrystalPotter New Egg

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    Hi there! So I think my girl is molting, she has been loosing her big beautiful feathers the past couple days. She had been broody for a while here, since it is so dang cold here in Wisconsin.(-20 to 10 degrees) so they haven't been doing much. What should I do, supplement more protein, wont she get to cold? Also she had a little spot of frostbite in her comb. which I put vasoline on. HELP!!! Thanks!
     
  2. Knyfe

    Knyfe Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been giving my chickens corn and raisins to get them up and moving and they have all been healthy so far except for a tiny spot of frostbite on our D'uccle. I think the chickens are a lot stronger than we give them credit for: this is our first winter with the birds, and everyone has survived, even the little Serama. Get a light bulb and put it wherever she is sleeping to provide a bit of warmth. Worst comes to worst, see if you can bring her inside for a few of the coldest days. Good luck and I hope everything turns out well. <3
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    She'll be fine! Trying to 'heat' the coop or one chicken invites more problems than it solves and can start a fire.
    I have had several molters this winter, with very bare backs, and they are fine.
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Agreed. They will cozy up with their friends. Adding protein will help her grow in her feathers quicker.
     

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