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moulting chickens

Post  amanda aldridge on Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:37 pm

Hi There
Have only had 3 chickens for less than 6 months .Between them they have been moulting for 3 of these months and havent laid any eggs. Does this sound normal ? There are piles of feathers everywhere ! They each initially laid an egg a day. I dont know much about them as i was given them by a friend of a friend. I think that they are hybrids but i dont know how old they are. Do i need to do anyting special. Or shall i just wait ?
Thanks Amanda

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Re: moulting chickens

Post  cheekychook on Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:03 pm

Hi Amanda!

The energy required to moult is high and egg production will often drop during this time.

I normally just let the hens get on with it but if you're worried they're struggling a bit, offer some high energy foods in addition to their normal feed.

I had a hen who was slightly underweight and struggling with moulting (she was an old bird bless her). I added some ground up peanuts that you get for wild birds to her feed and added some Avipro to the water. After a week or so, she reached a healthy weight and was full of feathers!

Hope this helps! Smile

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