Sea­weed sup­ple­ment will en­cour­age feather growth

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Q I ob­tained my most re­cent batch of ex-bats last win­ter and they were, of course, rather bald. I got them some waist­coats, but they took ages to grow any more feath­ers. Is there any­thing else I could have done?

Vic­to­ria Roberts says: Waist­coats are great for ex-bats, but only for a week or so un­til they set­tle and adapt to the am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture. If waist­coats are kept on longer than this, the feath­ers are not en­cour­aged to grow and new feath­ers (pin-feath­ers) can be dam­aged by the rub­bing of the ma­te­rial. Some hens get ‘stuck’ in the moult, which is usu­ally due to stress or poor feed, thus moult­ing hens need good qual­ity feed so that their health is main­tained, with enough nutri­tion left over to form feath­ers. Feed­ing a sea­weed sup­ple­ment (from Dor­west or NAF) will en­cour­age and strengthen feather growth.

A sea­weed sup­ple­ment is good for hens ‘stuck’ in the moult

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