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  1. I'll see if I can get a photo of her later - she is looking patchy further back now as well. It is like a long moult - starts at the front and works back. They currently have Lifeguard in their water once a week which does have Biotin in (just checked). Is this ok? I should have said, in previous years she has gone more or less completely bald apart from most of her long tail feathers and wings and patches here and there so not wearing off the feathers.
  2. One of my girls goes mostly bald every year - at first I thought she was being plucked by the others and fitted bumpa bits. Then I thought maybe lice but nothing. I finally worked out last year that she starts losing feathers when she comes into lay in early April and will only re-grow them once she stops laying September/October time. I'm boosting vitamin supplement in their water at the moment to try and keep her feathered but they are starting to go again starting round her neck and chest ๐Ÿ™„She is the only one - the rest are fine!
  3. My pizzas were always a little soggy in the middle until I started sprinkling a little bit of semolina on the baking tray first - crisp all the way to the middle now ๐Ÿ˜€
  4. Aww thanks guys, that's really nice of you to take the time to look ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. I haven't added my crew +7 (Gladys, Camilla, Fern, Iris, Henrietta, Josephine and William) =2367
  6. I have some ivermectin drops for the Rabbit so thought I would dose the chooks as well after this thread. It is the 1% version - how many drops do you normally use for a standard sized hybrid and also for a Bantam as I would imagine a lower dose would be needed. William is a Pekin and he is quite a lot smaller than my girls. Thanks!
  7. Thank you! It's not the easiest time to be running your own small business like this but hey ho! Glad i'm not breaking too many of the chicken keepers commandments!
  8. Yes, they have a handful of mealworms and corn every evening along with a handful of mixed grit (a handful is between 7) - i may encourage them back into their run if i've let them out with a few mealworms too. Occasionally greens if we have leftover bits and very rarely leftover rice or pasta (probably less than once a month). I put a supplement in their water once a week as a vitamin boost and that is about it. I don't think that's toooooo bad?! ๐Ÿค”
  9. I always used to buy a 5kg pre mixed pellet bag and my 4 girls at the time would pretty much get through it all. Have you tried searching for the 5kg bag?
  10. I find I get the best results if I give them a dig around 2 or 3 times during the cooking process - more evenly crispy. I actually deliberately use a tray they stick to a little bit so I have to scrape them off the bottom as this makes them even more crispy. Lots of salt and pepper too :-)
  11. Thank you, I have also tried the isolation method first but found it just prolongs the minor squabbles they generally need to go through before finding their place so did choose not to do this as I have done the last few times I have introduced new hens. I am very happy with the way they have integrated and settled and bedtime now seems to have been sorted since it started raining too.
  12. Thanks for the replies, I will give it a little more time before getting too concerned! I followed my normal procedure of putting them all in together and letting them sort it out - I keep an eye on them but it has never been violent. I always get my hens from the same place and they are fully vaccinated.
  13. So we recently got 3 new girls to go with my existing 3 plus cockerel. They are settling in ok, not too much fighting and are slowly starting to integrate. The only real issue is bed time - the Light Sussex will fight her way in to the cube and put up with the abuse but the other 2 are more timid and have taken to sleeping on the roof. As it approaches dark either the cockerel or one of the girls will sit at the entrance and peck at whoever tries to enter until they give up. Is this likely to sort itself or am I going to need to invest in another house? They go in to lay but are not allowed in at night ๐Ÿ™„
  14. Both of my Copper Black Marans have given up for this year already (more or less on the same day as each other too) - normally start again March time. Gladys will wait for the weather to be really cold, then moult and stop laying for winter ๐Ÿ™„Hopefully my new 3 will continue to lay over winter occasionally! I just accept it as a part of chicken keeping and try to have a few different breeds to ensure I get the odd egg over winter but certainly not on a daily basis!
  15. I am going through this again - seems to be a yearly occurrence with the same poor girl going completely bald. We are about to pop the bumpa bits on the main one doing it and also one of the others just in case. It isn't particularly difficult but definitely a two person job. They never seem overly bothered by them however they do lose a lot of weight (and generally stop laying) and despite all of my efforts to keep their food topped up so it is deep enough they never quite get the hang of eating properly with them on. I try and let them loose round the garden more as they seem to be able to eat foliage more easily than their pellets. I've never found another way to break the habit unfortunately - I could dispose of the main culprit but she will stop for 6 months or so after each time so have persevered! She is now nearly 4.

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