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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:20 pm 
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gday all i have two laying hens which have both stoped producing all but the occasional very smal egg with no yoke. 1 of them has started plucking heer own feathers out on the breast and around the tail section i have tried centegen as i was told the taste would put her off but to no avail any suggetions would be much apreciated


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:47 pm 
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Are the hens moulting? Chickens moult and lose all their feathers once per year. They have a higher need for protein at that time as well so you can boost the protein level in their diet. Some treats like a little bandsaw dust, some mince, or anything high protein can help. Putting them on a vitamin supplement like Soluvet plus, or something similar from your produce store is a good idea if they are in moult as well.

If they are feather pecking, spraying something blue on the area can help. Chickens are attracted by blood, so the new feather quills breaking through the skin are attractive to them.

There's a very thorough thread about featherpecking here: viewtopic.php?t=8599

If you are not sure if that is the problem, then post some pictures for us. Also, go to the top of the Good Samaritan Section and copy and paste the Basic Checklist for the Sick bird into a post here and answer all of those questions.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:51 pm 
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thanks will do only one chook plucking/losing feathers, will attempt the photo thing :confused:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:54 pm 
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This information in this thread may be useful to you. This is about Nelly's bird who was pecking herself. The problem was eventually solved with a beak bit, but you can read about other things in the thread that may be worth trying:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=7955251&p=83783&hilit=sophie+pecking+beak+bit#p83783

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