Patchy feathers and not laying eggs???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bawk_bawk, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. bawk_bawk

    bawk_bawk In the Brooder

    Jul 18, 2010
    Hey, so I've been on here before but took a fairly large hiatus, but now I'm back again. My chickens haven't laid eggs in a week and they also have really patchy feathers, is there possibly a nutrient that they are deficient in?
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    How old are the chickens? It sounds like they are molting, half of mine are doing it right now also since it is fall. I usually up their protein a little to help them grow their new feathers and I usually do put a vitamin mix in their water. Mine will pretty much quit laying while they are molting, depends on the hen, but most of them seem to take about two months to get going again. Double check for mites/lice (this wet weather seems to be bringing the bugs out) but my first guess would be molt.

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