They are all moulting, should i give them a more nutritious feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bops, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. bops

    bops Out Of The Brooder

    81
    1
    41
    Aug 3, 2013
    Ireland
    Hey:)
    I have been getting only one egg a day( or two) for the last week, as opposed to the usual six or seven! I have noticed the majority of my hens(8/13 roughly) are starting to go through their moult. I figure that the layers pellets i feed them on now wont be much help to them.
    Should i change their feed to something more nutritous, to help get them through their moult? If so to what?
    Thanks :)
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,686
    2,626
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I usually switch them to a higher protein grower feed during and after the molt and provide oyster shell for those still laying.
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. tcmstalcup

    tcmstalcup Chillin' With My Peeps

    416
    37
    148
    Feb 4, 2010
    Texas
    ditto that
     
  4. bops

    bops Out Of The Brooder

    81
    1
    41
    Aug 3, 2013
    Ireland
    Is there a specific name for it?:×
     
  5. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,317
    443
    221
    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    A meat bird grower (for ducks, turkey, geese...) will work. It will have more protein and energy to help them through the molt.
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,686
    2,626
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Sometimes called flock raiser here. Any grower feed would have more protein than a layer feed.
    The easiest thing is to go to the feed store and read the labels on all the poultry feeds. You're looking for anything with a minimum of 18% protein. 20-24% would be better.

    Another option is to give some fish or meat but that could be expensive for so many birds.
     
  7. bops

    bops Out Of The Brooder

    81
    1
    41
    Aug 3, 2013
    Ireland
    Thanks:) ill go today
     
  8. nonageri

    nonageri New Egg

    8
    0
    7
    Jan 21, 2010
    Another name for this feed would be "game bird" feed..its 26% protein.
    Yes, Purinas', Flock Raiser..
    My hens, Cochjins, Frizzle, Silke and Aracana are all going thru this..some worst than others..feathers everywhere!!..keep them picked up or they may develop a bad habit of eating them...attractive nuisance.
    Feeding greens is good..hay to scratch thru..
     
  9. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    5,241
    819
    291
    Dec 25, 2012
    I like dry dog and cat food to help them through the molt. Read the tag or label on the sack for the guaranteed analysis. You may also want to look into adding Hog Chow to their layer ration. Hog Chow its 35% or higher in protein. Remember, do not feed just Hog Chow or cut out the regular chicken food. Too much protein for too long is as bad as not enough protein.
     
  10. nonageri

    nonageri New Egg

    8
    0
    7
    Jan 21, 2010
    Cat food has more protein, even "cheeper" (;-) ) brands..size matters here, too big don't fit...i'm referring to bantams..just hatched more, think have all ages and stages..gets wild at times. All so different. Finding I have a line that is extremely friendly and another that is scared and flighty. Any comments on this? (bantam frizzels-)
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by