Too much scratch - slow molt?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickbea, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    Ok - I just discovered yesterday that my husband has been feeding WAY too much scratch to the girls. What he insists was "just a handful now and then" was actually more like a handful for each girl, twice a day! [​IMG] Bad husband!
    Anyway, I wonder if this is connected to another little mystery I have had lately, which is that my NHR, who is 5, has been going through a veeeery slow molt recently. It certainly isn't the time of year for that, and I haven't been able to figure out why. Do you think that is the reason?
     
  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *Might be-- low proteins and nutrients in the scratch could be "diluting" what would have been available if she'd been on a stricter diet. A little flaxseed helps when molting though, IME, so maybe you could give DH the task of seeing she gets a bit of that-- with her greatly reduced scratch treat. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    That's a good idea. He does love to give them treats![​IMG]
     
  4. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * If my DH fed my hen, he'd probably just open the bag and set it in her pen and leave it til she starved -- so, it's not all bad that yours is 'helping'!! :aww
     
  5. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    d.k :

    * If my DH fed my hen, he'd probably just open the bag and set it in her pen and leave it til she starved -- so, it's not all bad that yours is 'helping'!! :aww

    Well, I wouldn't say he is helping, exactly. [​IMG] He likes to have them do little tricks for the treats.
    When it comes to regular feeding, that's my job. Every time I go away I have to call him every night and make sure that he has given all the animals fresh water - he ALWAYS forgets the water! :mad:
     

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