Aug 27, 2013

Molt Muffins for Chickens During Molting Season


Rachel (Bantam Cochin Frizzle) has just begun molting.
With molting season in full-swing, it’s time to make a few adjustments to help the flockers get through it a little more easily. Molting occurs in response to decreased light 
as summer ends and winter approaches. During a molt, chickens lose their feathers and grow new ones. 
Since feathers consist of 85% protein, feather production places great demands on a chicken's energy and nutrient stores. We can help them keep up with those demands by increasing their protein intake during the molt. I created a recipe for muffins that are high in protein, using primarily ingredients that they would naturally seek-out during a molt. “Ancestral jungle fowls and modern chickens are both omnivores, with a shift from a predominantly insect-based diet in the wild...to a more plant- and grain-based diet fed to captive chickens. Noncaptive (sic) chickens-in the backyard and among feral populations-revert to their ancestral preferences and show excitement at the sight and taste of beetles, grubs, and earthworms.”  
A few cautionary notes about increasing protein levels in laying hens’ feed: 

The type of protein matters
When increasing protein in their diet, use sources of protein that chickens would naturally supplement their own diets with if they had to fend for themselves; stick with grains, seeds and insects- don’t grill them up a hamburger, for instance- chickens would not ordinarily hunt down a cow in the wild. 

“The consumption of high protein diets, especially meats and eggs, can significantly increase the rates of types of aggression between hens.” 1

“The excess use of meat scraps as a source of protein can result in an imbalance of phosphorous...” which increases a chicken’s susceptibility to parasitic infection.”3
Timing is everything
High protein diets should not be fed to chickens willy-nilly any time of year. “Protein in excess, particularly protein of poor digestibility, leads to increased water intake to allow the excretion of higher uric acid levels. Undigested excess protein may be fermented by bacteria in the lower bowel, leading to loose droppings, and the condition known as ‘hock-burn’ in chickens.”   Only supply extra protein when appropriate, such as during a molt.

Everything in moderation 
Excessive treats, even healthy treats, can cause any of the following: obesity, reduced egg production, malformed eggs, habitual laying of multiple-yolked eggs, vent prolapse, a protein deficiency, feather-picking, fatty liver syndrome, increased risk of heat stroke and heart problems.  Molt muffins should be supplied sparingly.
With that said, let's get baking! Any ingredient in this recipe can be substituted with a substantially similar item- I used what I had on-hand. 


MOLT MUFFINS

Yield: 36 muffins

3 ½ cups Manna Pro Calf Manna, ground in food processor (measure after grinding)
3 cups whole wheat flour
¾ cup of any Omega3 feed supplement
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup black oil sunflower seeds
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

1 cup of eggs (number of eggs varies depending on the size the chickens lay, I used 5)
2 cups water
2 bananas, mashed
1 cup applesauce
¼ cup coconut oil
I used Calf Manna, but an unmedicated starter feed or Flock Raiser, game bird feed would work too.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 36 muffin cups well. (skip the muffin papers, they stick) 
Combine ingredients well, fill muffin cups ¾ full. Bake 40 minutes. 
Turn off oven and let muffins sit in the oven another 10 minutes for the dense, hard texture we’re looking for. The chickens would make quick work of a light and fluffy molt muffin and that’s no fun.
They were a hit with my peeps!


Sources & further reading:
1 The Chicken: A Natural History.  Barber, Daly, Rutland, Cawthray, Hauber  . Race Point Publishing, 2012  p. 109 
2 Poultry Diseases, Pattison, McMullin, Bradbury & Alexander. 2008 
Chicken Health for Dummies, Gauthier, Ludlow. 2013
Raising Chickens for Dummies, Willis, Ludlow. 2009
3 The Chicken Health Handbook, Damerow. 1994.


142 comments :

  1. Krystal Stone8/27/13, 5:54 PM

    Looks great might have to bake them for my two surviving hens.

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  2. Mbolism HarleyQuinn Cole8/27/13, 5:55 PM

    Oooh. need to make these asap! Thanks!

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  3. R.m. Hamilton Wilson8/27/13, 6:00 PM

    I am always learning something
    new! And here I thought keeping chickens was pretty uncomplicated lol

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  4. I used to make a corn bread for the parrots and other birds in the shop I worked for. I used 2 boxes of jiffy cornbread mix mixed according to the package then added in small bag of frozen mixed vegetables, 2 cups of sunflower seeds, 6 chopped up hard boiled eggs, 2 cooked chicken diced up, 1cup wheat germ and 1cup oats and 2-3 small apples chopped up. Sometimes I would add cheese I would cook it in a sheet pan and cut it up into cubes size pieces and walk around with the pan they would go nuts when they seen me come in the store with that pan they loved it.

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  5. Laura Beard8/27/13, 6:05 PM

    I guess I should cook for the checks and also.

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  6. It's so hot here today I don't think I want to turn the oven on. I will make these for them though

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  7. My chickens loooove the dried mealworm treats!

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  8. Joyce Scott8/27/13, 6:09 PM

    sound great! how many did you feed to how many chickens and how often would be ok to do this. Daily? Last year I fed mine one or two suet cakes a few times a week like you feed wild birds and it seemed to help some. But now I am wondering if I should have?

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  9. Stacy Willson8/27/13, 6:13 PM

    I will be making these in the near future but will probably throw some summer squash/zucchini in also since I have and abundance and my chickens love it. They also love happy hen treats though I don't give them a lot.

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  10. LaDonna Martin8/27/13, 6:17 PM

    What a great recipe! Thanks

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  11. These look yummy for my girls! I have a recipe I make for my parrots. Definitely going to try this one for the girls.

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  12. Sarah Thompson Hoell8/27/13, 6:23 PM

    I love the Rachel posts!

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  13. Linda Marinoski8/27/13, 6:26 PM

    They look good enough to eat lol

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  14. TheChickenChick8/27/13, 6:42 PM

    Thanks Karen. :)

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  15. TheChickenChick8/27/13, 6:44 PM

    I didn't count, but I'd say the frequency shouldn't be more than a few times a week.

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  16. ramel raymondo8/27/13, 7:16 PM

    Wow first molt for me....I think the recipe will be a hit...Thank You Very Much Kathy....

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  17. Whitney Worley8/27/13, 7:59 PM

    Our chickens are all going through a rough molt right now will defiantly be making these tomorrow!

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  18. Thanks for the recipe, I haven't noticed any of my chickens molting yet but when they do I will be ready! I appreciate the care you take in providing for your chickens, and helping us do the same!

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  19. Karrie Sedlmeyer8/27/13, 8:23 PM

    thanks for the recipe!!!

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  20. Mary O'Neal8/27/13, 8:27 PM

    This is a great idea - put it in my October file as that when I expect to see the majority of my molt. AND my girls would just love the Happy Hen treats! Thanks for everything you do - I totally appreciate you.

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  21. Lisa Kingsley8/27/13, 8:29 PM

    Thanks for the recipe--can't wait to make these!

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  22. Looks good to me! Tell me, do chickens molt their first autumn? They already went through the awkward stage mini-molts. I don't see anything happening yet but I'd like to know what to expect.

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  23. Thanks so much for the recipe! I cook for my parrots, so I will also cook for my chickens!

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  24. TheChickenChick8/27/13, 9:17 PM

    There's a very wide range of normal, Ann and it depends when they hatched. Generally around 16-18 months old birds will begin their first molt.

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  25. Going to have to try this one when my chickens start to molt. This is my first year having backyard chickens and I am learning all kinds of new things.

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  26. TheChickenChick8/27/13, 9:28 PM

    Thank you Mary. And good luck!

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  27. TheChickenChick8/27/13, 9:29 PM

    My pleasure. Thanks for stopping in!

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  28. TheChickenChick8/27/13, 9:29 PM

    Thank you Debbie!

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  29. TheChickenChick8/27/13, 9:29 PM

    Let me know how they like them, Whitney.

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  30. TheChickenChick8/27/13, 9:29 PM

    You betcha!

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  31. TheChickenChick8/27/13, 9:41 PM

    Hey, Kim. Welcome to chicken-keeping!

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  32. Will bake this for mine tomorrow

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  33. JessicaHughett8/27/13, 10:53 PM

    My poor loner leg-horn "Lucy" appears to be molting...I've treated with seven dust every 7 sevens for 2 weeks to r/o mites (I never saw any on her) so...I'm feel my gut was correct...its her first molt. I may try my hand in the kitchen this weekend. Thanks!

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  34. would love to win the giveaway!!

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  35. Well, I make doggie bones for the boys(dogs), so I guess making muffins for the girls wont make me look to strange!

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  36. Vicky Hallenbeck8/28/13, 1:16 AM

    I've had my girls since February and am not looking forward to molting, but am prepared to get through it. I note that mealworms are high in protein, and I'm sure the gals would enjoy that treat during a molt or ANY time!

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  37. Vicky Hallenbeck8/28/13, 1:19 AM

    That sounds ominous, Krystal--what happened?

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  38. shirley elizabeth8/28/13, 2:12 AM

    This is our first year with chickens so we haven't experienced a molt yet, but I'm kind of afraid for the tons of feathers floating all over.

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  39. Teresa Pilger-Hazen8/28/13, 2:21 AM

    Thanks for the most muffin instructions! I can`t wait to make them for my girls. I love your website;)

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  40. Rachel Dennis8/28/13, 6:50 AM

    need try these with our animals

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  41. Michelle Chun8/28/13, 10:49 AM

    It's such good information about what to provide during a molt.

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  42. I'll have to remember this for next summer. Our hens are only 4 months old and just started laying a few weeks ago. I'm guessing it would be to soon to supplement something like this.

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  43. Thanks for the recipe for molt muffins! I subscribe through email.

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  44. My chickens are huge fans of Happy Hen Treats!

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  45. I'll try these next year when they molt... they're still babies (8 weeks old). Thanks for this giveaway!

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  46. I'm going to try your muffins for sure! This will be the first year my sweet hen molts so I want to take good care of her. Thanks for all your good guidance. I can't thank you enough.

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  47. Sandy Scofield8/28/13, 11:34 AM

    I would love to win a Happy Hen Treats Prize Package! Our new chicks act like we are giving them chocolate covered potato chips when we crush these for them. Would love to give them the "happy hen treats brand." Thank you for the chance at them!

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  48. My girls would love those muffins!

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  49. The Messy Organic Mum8/28/13, 11:48 AM

    I would love to win and give these a try. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

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  50. Lisa Dowdy Lampman8/28/13, 11:57 AM

    I bet the chickens love these!! When do they molt the first time? Mine are about 17 weeks. There have been more feathers around lately but not sure if that's still losing the baby feathers.

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  51. I am a new follower of your blog and I am LOVING it! I have gathered so much helpful info from your posts. Thank you!

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  52. I got my first 3 chickens 2 days ago and am on a steep learning curve. Find these pages very useful and have subscribed to your blog. If I win then that would be an added bonus - for me and the chickens! :-)

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  53. What a clever idea--I'm sure our chickens would love these.
    I follow with GFC

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  54. Those muffins are an eggcellent idea!!!!

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  55. Deb Brauneller Berning8/28/13, 1:22 PM

    Thanks for the recipe. Might try this if mine molt. Do they molt at 6 mos. of age or wait till the next year? Mine just started laying. Got 3 eggs of 5 hens today, a first for me.

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  56. I was wondering if they were molting. My chickens would love a treat!

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  57. Kasi Flores8/28/13, 2:41 PM

    I am so great full for this article with the muffin recipe. I have a few starting to molt and I want to help them during this time.

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  58. All members of our flock love these.

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  59. Shel Reitmajer8/28/13, 3:06 PM

    Should try this for my babies!

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  60. I can't WAIT to make my chick muffins! Plus, I've never wanted free worms SO BAD!!! Pick me... Pick me...

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  61. TheChickenChick8/28/13, 4:14 PM

    They will wait until next year, Deb.

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  62. Chicken muffins! HAHA! :))
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  63. TheChickenChick8/28/13, 4:40 PM

    Thanks for following, Becky!

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  64. Vickie Redmond8/28/13, 4:58 PM

    Love the muffin idea. This I may have to try but right now all is well.

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  65. Valarie Rude8/28/13, 6:10 PM

    This is such a great idea! I told my kids about it and they think I am crazy, but I am going to do this this weekend!

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  66. These look good, I'll have to try them! (Especially since I don't have many kids to cook for anymore. I'm kind of having the "empty nest" syndrome. :)

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  67. Will definitely try these!

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  68. TheChickenChick8/28/13, 9:43 PM

    Welcome to chicken-keeping, Emma!

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  69. TheChickenChick8/28/13, 9:44 PM

    Not this year, Lisa, but they will next. This will help you with your other molting questions: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/12/molting-what-is-it-and-how-to-manage-it.html

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  70. chicks love these treats

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  71. I have never given any treats to my girls, how many and how often should they get things.

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  72. Sharron Johnson8/29/13, 9:11 PM

    Whatever the odds, if I keep on trying, one day... one day, I'll win something!

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  73. Thanks for the recipe for the muffins....our chickens will love them!

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  74. TheChickenChick8/29/13, 11:39 PM

    As infrequently as you would give your children treats.

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  75. my girls will love these muffins cant wait to make them thanks

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  76. Rachel Zunino8/30/13, 2:00 AM

    Great recipe! Would love to win those treats!!

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  77. Jess Knowles Lane8/30/13, 10:44 AM

    I subscribed and plan to give these muffins a try today. Thanks! memamathree@gmail.com

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  78. Question, can we substitute the banana for peanut butter or more applesauce?

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  79. TheChickenChick8/30/13, 9:07 PM

    I'd probably opt for more applesauce so as not to lose the moisture content.

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  80. Sounds like a delicious treat!! May have to try it!!

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  81. Deb Brauneller Berning9/1/13, 2:13 AM

    Thanks so much for letting me know. I thought it would be next year. Got 3 today also. I think it's the SL Wyan. that are not laying yet. But they're good eggs and with 2 of us, enough for us.

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  82. linda prater9/2/13, 3:56 PM

    have to try the muffins for my girls. thanks for the chance to free

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  83. linda prater9/2/13, 3:57 PM

    would love to free

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  84. Vickie Redmond9/2/13, 4:03 PM

    I just think that this is all so great you have so many ideas that just make things with my chicks easier.

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  85. Molt Muffins--who knew? The Chicken Chick of course! Thanks for sharing.

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  86. Cnb Fernandez9/9/13, 10:03 AM

    I read you say its ok for molting chickens to eat cat food...can or dry? We have 4 'girls' and they are all molting at the same time LOL!

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  87. I learn something new every time I visit!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist.
    Happy Tuesday! Come on over and share your latest posts.

    http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/09/tuesdays-with-twist-23.html

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  88. Janet Rosenfield9/11/13, 1:49 PM

    My poor hens look like they have been rung through a wringer! Cracker, our turkey hen, will loose almost ALL her feathers. We usually boost them with canned cat food. Will try the muffins ... they will have to fight the goats I am sure.

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  89. I usually give my 12 girls @ 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds each day along with some cut grass and herbs. Should I not give them seeds that often?

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  90. TheChickenChick9/11/13, 10:08 PM

    That's fine during molting season, they can use the extra protein while molting.

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  91. Denise Allison Magil9/12/13, 8:33 AM

    sounds good

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  92. Just made some molt muffins! As new chicken-keepers, we don't want to overdo it by mistake. Would one muffin for 3 hens each day be too much? They also get some free range time in the backyard every day--1 to 6 hours. We have given them a bit of the Calf Manna or ultra egg or BOSS, say, 1 Tbl per bird, but not every day. I imagine we should not do other supplements if we give a muffin. Thank you!

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  93. Love this site, always something new!

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  94. Always looking for more ideas. Thanks.
    poochs@hotmail.com

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  95. TheChickenChick9/30/13, 9:03 PM

    Certainly!

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  96. Thanks for the recipe! I am going to make these this weekend. My flock is starting the molt and I have a hen who molts horribly every hear. At her worst, she has a few measly white feathers dangling from her wings. Poor thing! At least she is starting early this year...last year she was naked in January. In Minnesota! Brrr!

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  97. TheChickenChick10/11/13, 8:41 PM

    Happy baking!

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  98. Susan C. Wheeler10/17/13, 8:24 PM

    Excellent, Thanks!

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  99. I love this idea! Sounds like a perfect project for tomorrow's cold rainy day! :)

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  100. Jessica Fuller10/19/13, 8:33 PM

    Very helpful thanks!

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  101. Carol Lehmkuhl10/19/13, 8:37 PM

    Thank you
    Will make the muffins..I live in Minnesota and my girls are molting...This is my first year of having chickens, so I am learning more all the time.
    Carol
    Proctor, Mn

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  102. Michelle Marlow-Stephens10/19/13, 8:44 PM

    Mine are molting now, I'll have to try these for them!

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  103. TheChickenChick10/22/13, 9:04 PM

    Thanks Lu. I made them. It took quite a while! :)

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  104. Andrea Carr11/2/13, 7:11 AM

    My girls are molting now and will be so happy when I make these for them!! You have so much knowledge and the greatest advice (in all your posts), just wanted to say thank you!

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  105. Andrea Carr11/2/13, 7:12 AM

    My girls will be so happy when I make these for them. They're going through a pretty rough molt. Thank you for all the great advice and knowledge!!

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  106. TheChickenChick11/2/13, 2:04 PM

    That's nice of you, thanks. :)

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  107. ChrisSavant67 .11/13/13, 12:35 AM

    How often do you give them one, and how many muffins per chicken count? Thanks

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  108. TheChickenChick11/13/13, 1:57 AM

    Not often and they decide who eats how much! Everything in moderation when it comes to treats/snacks/extras.

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  109. My chickens were all Hibrid Warrens, I have just one chicken left, sadly, as the other one died a few days ago. They are four years old now. She has gone into a furious molt and is struggling to walk about. I am feeding her high protein and she is eating well. My worry is she is alone and has no warmth from the other birds as in previous years. Is there anything else I can do to help her through?

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  110. TheChickenChick12/12/13, 8:24 PM

    She needs a friend for a lot of reasons, warmth being the most pressing right now.

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  111. ScruffyBobby1/3/14, 1:01 AM

    Dear Chicken Chick. I live in the very cold climate of northern Wyoming. The temperatures have been hovering in the low single digits to well below zero. I have a good sized, insulated and storm window lined coop (12'x6') with a 7' ceiling. My little flock of Bantams consist of 3 black mottled hens. 3 black frizzle hens and a hen and rooster Blue Silkies. My black frizzles started a hard molt in early September and 2 of the 3 are coming out of it after I switched to a marketed high protein feather fixer feed early on. None of the other birds have started their molting. My question is about Charlotte my tiny black frizzle. She doesn't show ANY signs of coming out of her molt. They were raised from day old chicks are very tame, so I have been able to check for parasites and peck wounds of which she has none. I add black oil sunflower seeds to their daily diet along with sparingly dried meal worms and canned cat food once every 9 days or so. My chicken contact at the local farm & ranch supply store (where I got them last spring) has advised me to add a UVB lamp inside the coop. The weather is so harsh here that this time of year they can't and won't go outside. I read the advice of the chicken vet you sought out and I will increase their "artificial sunrise" when the UVB bulb gets here early next week. I've even thought about moving Charlotte into the laundry room in my basement, but I worry about her being alone and stressed by that and then trying to reintroduce her back into the flock. Is there any other advice you could pass along to this oil rig rough neck who loves his little chickens?

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  112. TheChickenChick1/4/14, 12:23 AM

    Hi Bobby. A molt can last for many months, so I'm not surprised that your frizzles are on the slow end of feather re-growth. Do you know what the temps are inside your chicken coop? The behavior of the birds is the best indicator of their comfort level.
    The advice regarding supplemental light has to do with promoting egg production and if your chickens are molting, working hard to keep themselves warm and re-grow feathers, I would skip the supplemental light at this late stage of the game. If you want to institute it next year, do so at the end of summer when daylight hours begin to decline.

    If you find your frizzle is having a hard time keeping warm based on her behavior, bring her into the laundry room with one other friend. You can easily re-integrate them properly when the time is right. http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/06/integrating-new-flock-members-playpen.html

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  113. ScruffyBobby1/4/14, 10:55 PM

    Howdy Chicken Chick,
    Thanks for the speedy reply! I have 2 ceramic coop wall heaters on opposite sides of the coop. I keep the coop temperature at a constant 42 degrees. She is out and about in the coop with the rest of the flock, doesn't hide or cower under nesting boxes or in the corners. She seems to be OK "mentally." I'm not sure if it's hers, but I have found her sitting on an egg every now and then in one of the 5 nesting boxes I have. I baked a dozen of your molt muffins today and will add them to their feedings along with all the others goodies. She does come out into their outside pen with the others on days when the weather allows and I've seen her dusting herself in the sand/diatomaceous bath I built for them out there. I've also seen my Silky rooster make advances to her and she is receptive to his courting's. I'll hold off on the supplemental light until next fall and I guess if she isn't coming out of her molt by the 1st of February or so, I'll go ahead and bring her and one of her girlfriends into the laundry room. Thanks for taking time to give me your wisdom and advice. :)
    Yours is a great web site for a softy to "Yard Birds" like me.
    Best regards,
    Bobby

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  114. TheChickenChick1/5/14, 12:51 AM

    Happy to help if I can, Bobby. Give my best to your peeps!

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  115. my chicken is molting but she is sleeping constently and she makes noises when anyone picks her up. is this natural?

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  116. TheChickenChick1/16/14, 3:30 PM

    Is she actually sleeping or just sitting in one spot? Read this and see if you think it describes her behavior: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/05/broody-breaker-when-hens-mood-to-hatch.html

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  117. Dear Chicken Chick! Thank you very much for the Molting Muffins recipe. I am going to try them out during our molting season! Totally off the subject, I would like to know some names of breeds you have pictured! In your very top picture you have a black and white chicken (with almost polka-dots on its tail feathers) and also you have a red and black chicken in a picture right below the baked muffins on this page. They are so beautiful! I have polish chickens, silkies, Rhode Island reda, Australorps, aricaunas,and barred plymouth rocks. I am always looking to add unique chickens to my brood every now and then and would like to chck these breeds out!!

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  118. TheChickenChick1/21/14, 8:59 PM

    That is a Silver Spangled Hamburg.

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  119. How often would you feed a chicken the protein muffin?

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  120. TheChickenChick2/16/14, 7:49 PM

    Once or twice a week, maybe. And half a muffin per chicken at most.

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  121. ScruffyBobby2/16/14, 9:37 PM

    Hi Chicken Chick,
    It's me again. Charlotte has now moved into a large dog crate in the laundry room. I put one of the more "passive" Black Frizzle hens in with her to start, but she kept chasing poor Charlotte. I could tell that was only adding more stress to her, so back to the rest of the flock Marvel went. I keep a 60 watt low energy-saver light bulb on Charlotte for about 11 hours a day (there is only one very small window down there) but the temperature is a near constant 68. She is eating well, drinking and pooping. Her near naked body makes me sad, but at least she is safe and warm. She freaked out the 1st week or so when I went in to scoop up her droppings, clean her water dish and add feed and treats (including your molt muffins) to her food dish, but now she pretty much lets me do what I need to do to keep her crate clean and fresh. Any suggestions as to where I go from here? Thanks and sorry to be such a bother.....
    bobby
    ps Happy Birthday and get well soon (I'm glad my kids are old enough to keep their germs to themselves). :)

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  122. ScruffyBobby2/16/14, 11:06 PM

    Thanks! The wire dog crate is exactly the kind she is in and it will fit inside the coop easy enough. I was kind of thinking along those lines you detailed in your link, but I wasn't completely sure.You're the best! I'm always amazed how quickly you respond. Rock ON, Chicken Chick!!!

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  123. TheChickenChick2/16/14, 11:21 PM

    Good luck with it!

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  124. Hassan Hamza2/19/14, 6:43 PM

    They don't hunt cows but I have seen them hunt down mice, garter snakes and they are known for cannibalism.

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  125. Well I loveto bake so bakingfor the chicks will be no problem. Thanks for the info once again!

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  126. Nancy Miller Jones2/20/14, 6:19 AM

    Very cool! . Please repost in Sept. Personally I would loss my head if it were not attracted.

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  128. I've made treats for the flock before. Generally a cornmeal muffin sorta base, then add the good stuff. if it gets too dry, add applesauce.

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  129. now, questions: have you ever used kitten chow? I used to rehab wild birds. Woman who trained me swore by it - very high in protein, keeps well and isn't as expensive as calf manna. Second question - has this recipe ever been used on parrots that you know?

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  130. I don't have cats, so I haven't tried it and I don't know about whether anyone has baked them for parrots.

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  131. Hi Kathy! We just brought home a gorgeous 1 year old Salmon Favorelle rooster on Sunday. The lady we bought him from mentioned that he was molting but this morning his backside looks almost bare (No where else). He's our first rooster & none of our girls are molting. Can I make these for all of them or should I just feed this to him?

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  132. Thanks, this is a great recipie and my girls will be enjoying it when the time arises.

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  133. Love the Molt Muffin idea!

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  134. Rhonda Lee VanHoesen10/3/14, 8:12 PM

    Because we need to make a few trips this winter, I was thinking of not supplying supplemental light, and letting my girls take the winter off from laying. What should I feed them while they are not laying?

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  135. Justin Clagg10/14/14, 1:11 PM

    so if you feed this during the molt twice a week, does it help the feathers come in faster, or does it just give them more plumage after the molt?

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  136. Rhonda Lee VanHoesen10/15/14, 9:34 AM

    Thank you. Love your site. So glad your here.

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