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Just wondering if older girls eat less than younger ones ?

The last couple of nights I have checked the girls over just before they've gone to bed, and both Gemma - 7, and Polly - 5, have crops that are almost empty whereas Molly - 2, has a full crop.

They have 2 big grubs to help themselves to so I don't think they have a problem getting to food.

Do you think they have digested their food during the day ?

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Older girls certainly do eat less, particularly if they are not laying, it's warm or they are coming into a moult. Many of ours (all old) started moulting and stopped eating much for about a week; as a result they lost some weight. Just check the poos. Mainly white and they are drinking but not eating. Green and they are stressed by something which can range from moulting, injury or something worse, unless they've been eating a lot of green stuff of course. Sure they eat something, but their appetite is reduced.

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Mine all seemed to stop eating almost entirely a few weeks ago. I thought maybe the pellets had gone off so bought a new bag but I now think it was just that they were all heading into a moult. They seem fine again now.

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Yep, it's moulting season - the nights have suddenly closed in and the temperature has dropped. They will pick up again, but I'd add some Biotin to their pellets to help with feather regrowth and lace their water with a good poultry tonic such as Vit Boost.

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