Weight loss while moulting??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Barnmaradotte, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. Barnmaradotte

    Barnmaradotte Chirping

    Jun 13, 2011
    One of my hens is going through a major molt right now and seems to have lost alot of weight also. Is it normal for them to loose weight during a moult? Fyi she is worm and mite free.

  2. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Austin Tx
    Both of mine lost weight while molting. They looked really bad. But now their feathers are coming in and they are looking much better.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, sometimes alarmingly so. Once the feathers are most of the way grown back, they start gaining weight again, barring other issues.
  4. chicken delighted

    chicken delighted Songster

    Mar 26, 2011
    put her on some grower some thing with a higher protine content for a few weeks mix her layer feed in it after a few days and give her a vitiam E open the gel cap and squirt in to mouth also give BOSS.

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