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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ckseals, Dec 23, 2009.
How do I know if my chickens are molting? What are the signs?...aside from reduced egg production...
There will be feathers EVERYWHERE. Kind of like a chicken exploded.
And they look so bad. I have an EE that I couldn't figure out why she looked so bad. Here she lost her beard and no feathers on her legs they looked so funny. She still hasn't layed an egg in 3 months.
edited for writing wrong. Sorry
Feathers everywhere and chooks get to looking bad. If molting comes in cold weather expect no eggs. The protein will all be used by the chook's systems to re-feather their bodies before their systems allow egg production to resume. It is a built-in preservation mechanism. You can help by giving them a high-protein supplement such as Calf-Manna mixed with their feed and be sure that they have a dry coop with no drafts near to roost area.