what to feed for molting and how much

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  1. mom wewantchicks!

    mom wewantchicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 1 hen that i know is molting. ive been reading about feeding extra protien to help with the molt. so what are some favorites to feed for extra protien and how often should i feed them. should they have something extra 24/7 or just as a treat. they are on layer crumbles,oyster shell,they free range about everyday and i give them some leftovers everyday. so far it is just the 1 out of 6 that i can tell is molting,but i assume the rest will follow so i want to be prepared.
     
  2. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    I am not sure of the amts. but I know some people give their extra eggs as scrambled to them and some give small amts of cat food, not much. Any high protein cooked meatscraps without a lot of salt too. Watch the salt esp. Too much is not good. Also yogurt plain and natural are also good. Jean
     
  3. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

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    sunflower seeds and calf manna
     
  4. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    mom,wewantchicks! :

    i have 1 hen that i know is molting. ive been reading about feeding extra protien to help with the molt. so what are some favorites to feed for extra protien and how often should i feed them. should they have something extra 24/7 or just as a treat. they are on layer crumbles,oyster shell,they free range about everyday and i give them some leftovers everyday. so far it is just the 1 out of 6 that i can tell is molting,but i assume the rest will follow so i want to be prepared.

    i heard lots of people feed try or wet cat or dog food . Not sure how it works with chickens but my ducks will gobble the dry dog food right up .​
     
  5. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    cat food is higher in protein. Jean
     

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