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In response to your questions, go to our poultry website to read an article on non-feed withdrawal molt program (poultrynet.outreach.uiuc.edu/index.cfm). Yes, laying hens can be molted on litter in open housing in late fall and winter months (day length less than 12 hr.). You're right, hens will eat litter if feed is taken away so it might take longer than 10 days to feed restrict them to loose 20 to 25% body wt. As far as a non-feed withdrawal method you might try and feed them cracked or ground corn with vitamins and minerals added in for 1 month in combination with decreasing photoperiod. This might be better than feed withdrawal.
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