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  1. Thanks everyone. We'll check for lice again tomorrow. I'm loathe to use Ivermectin on her. I know our vet isn't keen and as I have health problems I don't want to risk eating eggs that might cause problems. So I'll see if we can sort it out another way...
  2. Thanks, AndyRoo. Actually, they did have lice recently (first time in 20 years), but we've treated them and they seem to have gone. I don't think she's been picked on by the others, but anti-peck spray may be worth a shot just in case.
  3. Can anyone help me? One of our hybrids, who's about 2 years old has developed lots of bald patches. She's not moulting. They've been there for several months now, and she's not re-feathering. It's mainly on her wings, her breast and around her vent. She's looking pretty ropey! Apart from that she seems to be happy. She's eating well and laying well and is alert and interested. I'm worried she may get sunburnt once the summer comes!
  4. We have 6 hens. Yesterday we had to wash the bottoms of 3 of them as they had caked-on poo sticking to the feathers around their vents. Two of them seemed to have cream-coloured ‘flakes’ around the vent area. In themselves, they’re very perky and healthy-looking and they’re laying. Any idea of what might be wrong? I’ve put Diatom in the nesting box and will check their vents again tomorrow. Thanks for any insights!
  5. My husband built a broody cage for her and she was very unhappy, battling to get out. I steeled myself and left her in there, but later had to let her out as she’d managed to knock over her food and make a huge mess. She then behaved quite normally for the rest of the afternoon with the rest of the flock... We’ve put her back in the broody cage overnight, though, as I’m not convinced we’ve cracked it yet. Here she is, having overturned her food. A few seconds before she’d been perched on the water container, looking most inelegant!
  6. Thank you! Do they just poop through the cage or do you take them out once or twice/day?
  7. Thank you. I was hoping to avoid that as it seems a bit cruel, but perhaps it’s the only option now...
  8. One of our hens got broody just before we went on holiday. I was worried the rest would follow her, as that's what happened last year. So we gave her a separate nest (a dog kennel with a mobile nest in it) and I put some wooden eggs in it to encourage her to go back to it. I was just hoping that if she was in a different nest (where she also spent the night) the others wouldn't 'catch' the broodiness and our poor neighbour would only have one broody girl to contend with while we were away. And it worked!! Obviously there's no sure way of knowing if it was separating her that did the trick but I suspect it was.
  9. I have a Cream Legbar/Leghorn cross who has now been very broody for 26 days and is showing no signs of coming off the nest herself. She's not sitting on any eggs. Rather weirdly, she's also laying... Since the 21 days have been and gone I've taken her off the nest several times a day and also locked her out of the nest in the mid afternoon once the others have laid. I've not let her sleep in the nest either, but all to no avail. Does anyone have any ideas? She was 'normally' broody last year and stopped after 21 days. Thanks!!
  10. Thanks so much for the advice! I have checked her and not found any other creepy crawlies, but will do so again. Using a toothbrush will be fun, as she's not keen on being held. Ivermectin has an egg withdrawal period, doesn't it? Using it quarterly would mean throwing away an awful lot of eggs every year!! We do have a very good avian vet, so a visit might be in order... We've been treating the other hens with the scaly leg mite spray as well (we only have 4 at the moment) just in case, as I assume it won't do any harm.
  11. Our Aracauna has developed bald patches behind her ears, and I'm wondering why/if I need to do anything about it. She's not molting and is healthy and perky otherwise, apart from having scaly leg mite, which we're treating with scaly leg mite spray. Any help would be appreciated. By the way, has anyone else found that the scaly leg mite spray actually works? I'm loath to have her treated by the vet as I know there would be an egg withdrawal period.
  12. So when you used to Sudocrem, was it obvious that it had had an effect, and do you remember how long you used it for? Thanks!

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