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  1. Hi, Thanks for the replies. Yes I am fairly sure that Margaery who is top hen is doing some feather plucking...she does it on Florence's back but seems to stop this is I spray her with anti-pecking spray. I've been spraying Betty's bum and neck just in case and she does have some small pin feathers coming through, but they're taking a loooong time! I wasn't too concerned at first but as she's been bald in those areas for 6 months I was losing hope that she's ever have feathers again! Like you say Eve, they seem happy and are laying really well. I was worried they might not be getting enough protein so I've been feeding them a few extra mealworms and scrambled egg every few days. They are on a good food that is high in protein too. I've also used some Johnsons ant-mite spray that contains permethrin, just in case the ivermectin hasn't worked (which is should do I'm sure). How soon can I dose her with Ivermectin again? I last did it about 2 weeks ago with the Beaphar spot-on. I'm keen to break the cycle and stop any lice recurring.
  2. Hi, For the past 6 months my bluebell hen Betty has been bald on her neck/ears and also has a bald area around her vent which looks quite sore. She is eating normally and laying extremely well. I've tried a variety of things, none of which seem to be working. Initially I tried DE powder twice per week. After that, I applied Beaphar Anti-Parasite Spot-on twice within the designated application times. After that I've tried Harkers Ivermectin (the one for pigeons). I've washed her vent area and tried to keep it clean, as she did have a build up of poo. As i've suspected feather plucking I have also been spraying her bum and neck (carefully) every night with Nettex anti-pecking spray. She has some pin feathers coming through in both areas, but the skin on her neck looks quite flaky and sometimes red. I have three chickens in total and the other two are showing no symptoms. I feel awful for Betty, she looks a mess! They are also booked in to chicken boarding next week while we are on holiday, and I'm worried that the lady won't accept her as she looks like something from an RSPCA advert! Any other thoughts on what it could be? There are absolutely no signs of mites or lice on her, unless they are under her skin and so invisible to the naked eye.
  3. I can confirm....wing clipping didn't work Three escaped chickens every day!
  4. I've done it - it seems to be working - so far! I think I got a bit carried away and cut some of the secondary feathers too - no blood or anything but you can see the wings have been cut. I feel really bad having to cut their beautiful wings!
  5. Thanks for the replies everone. I had hoped that as the fencing is 'extra high' I would be able to avoid having to clip their wings but needs must!
  6. Hi, My chickens had the run of the garden in Autumn/Winter when there wasn't much they could damage in the garden. however, to protect my plants and give the grass chance to recover we have sectioned off part of the garden leading from their run with the Omlet Chicken fencing. I have no idea how they are doing it (obviously flying), but it's a very skinny run so not really room to get a good run up to fly over. Does anyone have any ideas how to stop it? Wing clipping?
  7. I am having a similar issue trying to find a 'skinny' walk-in run too! I have an eglu go-up with 2m run which is fantastic - my girls get lots of free range time, but they are wrecking my lawn and I have to keep my plants fenced off. So I need somewhere where they can have a run around and have limited time out in the full garden. I've even emailed Eglu to see if they have any plans to offer skinny walk-in runs, rather than the square ones - these are great but would take up too much room in my garden!

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