The leaves are dry and crunching underfoot here at 1840 Farm. The weather has turned cold outside and the pellet stoves are roaring inside. Gardens have been put to bed for the winter and the animals are preparing for the cold weather.
Our French Angora Rabbit is ready with his thick, warm fiber as a sweater. The Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats are growing their fluffy winter coats and looking cuter by the day. Our five bantam hens are going about their days as they always do, searching their coop and run for interesting finds and every bit of sunshine they can bask in.
During molt, a hen may completely stop laying eggs in order to direct all protein stores towards feather production. While it leads to empty egg cartons in the refrigerator, I can’t help but marvel at the ability of a hen to naturally navigate through the molting process. By using a few of my favorite strategies, I know that I am helping to replace the protein our girls are expending to replace their feathers.
To make sure that your flock is ready for the upcoming winter and their molting season, you can continue to feed them a well balanced diet intended for their stage of life and production. Always provide them with a constant supply of fresh water. Supplements may be added to their daily ration and treats that deliver a protein boost may be helpful to the birds in your flock.
You can also try a few of these ideas to help your flock stay healthy during molting season:
Molting season will eventually come to an end. When it does, your flock will have beautiful plumage that will keep them warm all winter long. They will then have the ability to return to laying and producing the fresh eggs that we chicken keepers cherish.