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this has probably been asked... (molting)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickensinMT, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. chickensinMT

    chickensinMT In the Brooder

    May 28, 2007
    Churchill MT
    How long is the molt? I have a 4 yr old hen that basicly lost all her feathers, this was the first time that I've had one molt this bad. it seems like its taking forever for her to get feathered and laying. Thanks!
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    You could offer higher/more protein to help with the regrowth of feather. Perhaps some dry cat food every day, maybe a boiled egg or two with some cooked rice and yogurt.

    Hope she feathers in before the really cold weather sets in.
  3. chickensinMT

    chickensinMT In the Brooder

    May 28, 2007
    Churchill MT
    Thanks again! I'll try the cat food. I'll have to admit she is getting the feathers in but slowly. She looks really funny with no tail feathers, a fluffy body and smooth neck feathers!!
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2007
  4. jbkinor

    jbkinor In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2007
    Western Oregon
    Maybe some nice worms would help. I dig worms for my girls when they're growing in new feathers if the ground is damp enough. They love it and follow me around begging for more!
  5. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    Crickets from the bait store are good, too. And it's sooo fun to watch the chickens chase them!

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