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  1. When I bought the hens, the hen in question , her comb was the same size as the others and I didn't notice that it was any redder. Now, her comb is much smaller than the other girls. She laid her first egg before one of the others, but after the other three( I hope that makes sense!)
  2. Thank you so much for this. Everything you have said makes perfect sense. She is very sweet and a very friendly, loving bird. I will wait and hope that she begins to feel happier and more secure soon. ( I hope it is soon as I want to enter her eggs for our local village show as they are so beautiful!) Thank you again.
  3. Hi everyone, I have 5 girls that were all POL when I purchased them at the end of May. They all began laying and laying well, one egg per day. My one lovely girl had huge difficulty laying her first egg ( I was so worried that she was unwell, I stayed in the coop all day watching her!), but then laid a usual sized egg every other day. The hot weather came and the field next to their coop was cut and bobbed and baled for hay, so lots of coming and going and since then, she has not laid an egg. It is now about 3 and half weeks. I have sat and watched her and she eats and drinks well, her droppings are all normal and she is perky. She is definitely bottom of the pecking order, but isn't bullied. I have examined her and she has normal weight. Her comb looks a little dry, but other than that, she appears fine. The whole group were wormed a month and a half ago and she did lay after this. The four other ladies have continued laying throughout, despite the heat and tractors! Do I just need to wait? I am not concerned about not having eggs from her, I am worried that I am missing something. Any advice gratefully received.
  4. Hello, I bought some more hens yesterday and one of the group that I purchased is a Russett Blue. In the coop, she was in, there were blue/green shelled eggs that the hens in there had laid. Today, my Russett Blue has laid an egg, but it is not blue, in fact far from it, it is a beautiful pink shelled egg. I have looked at images online of this breed and she is definitely one of these. Have I managed to purchase a Russett Blue hen that lays 'normal' coloured eggs? Or could it be due to her young age and that the colour will develop? It won't matter of course, as she has fitted in beautifully and seems a friendly, happy hen. Many thanks.
  5. Thank you so much. I am off to go and buy some more pellets with wormer in. I know now that I haven't been strict enough and have let the girls have access to their grass and treats while trying to worm them. I wouldn't want to eat worming pellets instead of grass and corn, so why would they! I've been rather daft! Thank you again.
  6. Sorry, I forgot to put the girls' age! I had them as POL last July, so probably about a year old. Yes, I wormed them about two months ago with layers pellets with Flubanet(?) in. They didn't eat the pellets well at all.
  7. Hello again, After my last post about my four girls laying fewer eggs, I did go and have a hunt around the new area of grass, but I found nothing. Since then, the egg laying has been very sporadic, some days I have had three eggs and more often, none at all! When they have laid eggs, the whites are very, very watery. When I make poached eggs, the whites go into the water and make it cloudy, rather than 'holding together'. They are not looking quite as sleek as they did; a bit more ruffled looking, so could they be moulting? My lovely husband has researched and has found very scary information, saying that it could be a viral infection! Can anyone help please?
  8. Narf

    Fewer eggs

    Hello knowledgeable people in my computer, I have four lovely hens that I had last July as POL. They have been brilliant and they have laid throughout winter, usually laying 3 or 4 eggs daily. However, in the past two weeks, their egg laying has decreased to one or if I'm lucky, two eggs per day. Their routine hasn't changed and neither have their layers pellets. The only change is that they now have access to a larger piece of ground with a range of grasses and weeds etc. I did think that they could be beginning the moult, but there has been no feather loss. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? Many thanks, Fran
  9. Thank you so much. Seeing how the Bumpa bit fits is very useful. I know that Bluebelle will be most grateful!
  10. I was cleaning out my four hens earlier and I noticed that my Speckledy hen chased my Bluebell, plucked out feathers at the top of Bluebelle's leg and ate it. Bluebelle was 'curtsying' and clearly upset by it. After cleaning out the girls, I caught and examined all four of them and my Light Sussex, Bluebelle and Warren out had signs of feathers being pulled out, but Bluebelle was worst, with two small bloodied patches. I cleaned it as best I could and covered the area with Sudacrem. As soon as I put Bluebelle down, Speckledy ran at her and tried to pluck out more feathers. I bought all four hens as POL last July and they were brought up together. They have a 3 metre by 2 metre run with an Omlet Cube mk 2. They also have access to an outdoor space of 20 foot square area with hedges and grass. They are fed on Heygates Layers Pellets with alittle corn in the afternoon. They also have some kale, spinach when I have a surplus. I used to feed mealworms as a treat, but was told that I shouldn't, as they are produced in countries with salmonella. The advice I have had so far is to rehome the 'bully' hen, but I really don't want to do that as she is a great hen otherwise and I love them all. Any thoughts, advice gratefully received.

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