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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:15 pm 
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We got her at point-of-lay in July last year with two others. She looked magnificent with a teal sheen in her feathers and a russet brown chest. In the past couple of months her rump feathers have gone dull and she has a bald patch on her throat. Her eyes are bright, she comes running for a snack, she's laying and doesn't seem to be scratching at herself excessively. I've wormed the three of them. Here are some pictures as they enjoy their bedtime porridge - that's the white flecks on her beak. Any ideas?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:34 pm 
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sounds like she is moulting, a perfectly natural process where she is getting rid of old feathers nd growing new ones!!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:20 pm 
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Gosh, I hope so. It's just that the others still look schmick, and it seems to have been going on for so long.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:54 pm 
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it is said the best layers moult really fast, in a short period of time.

do not know the truth behind that, but all hens are individuals with their own moulting times...............

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Here I am, back again. In late December I wrote about my black chook. Her previously glossy rump feathers were dull and she had a bald patch on her throat. Three months later she is the same and the bald patch is worse. She is the boss, still pushes the other two around, lays and eats well. We chased her down this afternoon and took the attached pic up close of her throat. I rubbed the spot a bit to see if anything went running - nothing. One of them is placid and I can pick her up which I do as my gauge of whether they have lice. (I learned this 'trick' to my regret as a child in the 1950s). I figure if she has lice, they all do. They have comfortable quarters and plenty of space during the day. Surely this can't still be a moult.

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 9:00 am 
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Did you ever hear of condys crystals when you were growing up?
It's not so commonly spoken of these days.
My grandma would put a pinch in the drinking water. She said it helped chickens struggling with health issues.
I give mine a pinch at change of season/moulting time. No health issues.
Good luck


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