If your chickens seem a little scruffy or maybe even bald in patches, don’t panic. With a little love, a stress free environment and a few helpings of good quality food your pet chickens will soon moult and be back to their full-feathered selves.
Three moulting chickens roaming around the garden in search for some tasty worms
What Happens When Your Chickens Moult?
Moulting is a natural and healthy process which usually happens once a year. It involves the shedding of old feathers and the replacement of healthy new ones. Most chickens will moult towards the end of Summer and may even partially moult their neck feathers again at another time of the year. The process can seem quite slow but will normally last between 1 and 2 months. If you have purebred chickens you might be surprised at how long it takes for them to moult as they usually take longer than hybrid hens, but believe us when we say that it is truly worth the wait.
Moulting Chickens Need A Healthy Diet
Moulting uses a surprising amount of energy and can tire your chickens out, so ensure that they get the correct amount of vitamins and minerals. You can introduce supplements into their diet to make sure that they get all the nutrients they need to stay healthy throughout this process.
Two beautiful Bantams searching the garden for some worms and grubs
Chickens need lots of protein when they are moulting to help their feathers to grow back. Vitamins, minerals and amino acids are the components of proteins and can be found in additional chicken vitamin supplements. Apple Cider Vinegar is also something you can give your moulting chickens to help them stay healthy. It is rich in minerals and will help your chickens to stay healthy.
Avoid Stressful Situations
When your chickens are moulting always avoid stressful situations like changing your chicken coop or introducing new chickens to your flock.
Another thing to remember is that when your chickens are moulting they are at a higher risk of contracting diseases, so avoid getting new chickens around this 2 month period.
Why Has My Chicken Stopped Laying Eggs?
Chicken eggs and feathers are very high in protein. When your chickens begin moulting they need all the protein they can get to help grow back their new feathers, so most of them will stop laying to help their moult go smoothly.