Special feed for Molting chickens...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ruth Ann, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there anything special you give your chickens while they are molting?
    Anything extra than jus the regualr pellet? I already treat them scratch and some bread each day.
    Not all of ours are molting, but some are.
     
  2. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    More protein--bugs, yogurt, eggs, etc.
     
  3. exop

    exop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've switched them over to a higher protein diet while they are molting, and try to feed less corn and wheat treats. So everyone is getting an 18% protein, non vegetarian feed (it has fish meal in it). I've noticed that the new black feathers coming in look very shiny and green...

    The down side is, for the last few weeks they've been going through a lot more feed than usual (and a lot less of the comparably cheap whole wheat). [​IMG]
     
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    A high protein feed is recommended, something like a conditioner or flight and feather feed is great and is designed for pre & post molt birds. Give a liberal amount of BOSS as a daily scratch it help the feathers come in nicely. Please stay away from any cat food protein as I am sure many will suggest this low tech method but seriously the better chicken feed works best. You can also top dress the feed pan's daily with a few tblsp of olive oil to condition the skin as the feathers return.
     
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  5. unix_micki

    unix_micki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how long to do they molt?? I have been giving them more rice/peas/veggies/tuna/yogurt... [​IMG]
     
  6. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    BOSS and pinto beans (cooked and unseasoned). My chickens love 'em and they're fairly cheap to feed.
     
  7. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the tips everyone...
     
  8. jmjoffrion

    jmjoffrion Out Of The Brooder

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    what is BOSS?
     
  9. GardenState38

    GardenState38 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Black Oil Sunflower Seed
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  10. jmjoffrion

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    Thank you.
     

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