How to Basics in Forced Molting Layers – Force molting is a technique that forces the layers to change their feathers. In this process, the layers stop laying eggs for about a month in preparation for a bigger egg production in the following months ahead. After force molting, the layers’ feathers become shiny and the eggs have thicker shells.
Forced molting is very simple to do. Layers that have to undergo force molting should be 9 to 11 months old. If they are older, they might not be able to endure the torture they have to undergo. For 12 days, the birds are not given any commercial feed. They are only given water to drink.
On the 13th day, the birds are each given 10 grams of feed. This is very small since the normal diet of a layer is 110 grams per day. On the 14th day, the birds are given 20 grams of feed. On the 15th day, they are given 4o grams of feed. On the 16th day from the start of forced molting, they birds are given 80 grams and on the 17th day, full feed of 110 grams is given.