What the molting!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ckseals, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. ckseals

    ckseals Out Of The Brooder

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    How do I know if my chickens are molting? What are the signs?...aside from reduced egg production...
     
  2. australorpchick

    australorpchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There will be feathers EVERYWHERE. Kind of like a chicken exploded.
     
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  3. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

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    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. [​IMG] She still hasn't layed an egg in 3 months.

    edited for writing wrong. Sorry
     
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  4. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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. [​IMG]
     

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