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I've noticed the last few times I've cleaned out the Eglu trays under the roosts that covering the paper and the waste there appears to be a layer of a sort of white dust particles. On closer inspection they look almost like small crystals. They are quite fine in texture. We have 5 hens and most of them are or have been moulting over the past few weeks and I did think that this "dust" might be coming from their discarded feathers. Maybe the feathers are breaking down in the trays and leaving the deposit?

Any thoughts at all on what this might be?

I'm very grateful for any ideas.


p.s. all five of them do look like they are in good nick. Nothing obviously wrong with the hens.

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