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    Ann
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    Default chicken advice please!

    I have 2 chickens, courtesy of Omlet, nearly 2 years old, with a decent sized run. They seem very happy but one of them has just lost all her beautiful underside feathers and appears with a horrible bare red area. There is no sign of the other one pecking her. What could be the cause? Will her feathers regrow?
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    sanman is offline Seedling
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    Is she possibly going through the moult?

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    paulas is offline Germinator
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    Sounds to me like she is not perching, but sitting in damp/wet/mucky bedding, which the little B's will do no matter what you do !!!
    I owuld sujjest you clean the house out and put a really deep bed of straw/shavings etc in, that should sort her out, they should grow back.
    Good Luck


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    Last edited by paulas; 03-02-2007 at 06:58 PM. Reason: wrong speeling

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    Sue
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    Ann
    I can't help with your problem, but I was interested to know if you have the eglu and run? As a complete beginner was thinking of getting one.
    Is it large enough for the two birds? I was also worried about foxes, I know they can't get in but would their presence terrify the hens, have visions of them getting on top of the run etc.
    best wishes
    Sue

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    Ann
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    Sue
    Yes, I have the eglu and run but the run is definitely not big enough for 2 chickens, you need to have space around it for them to explore too. I can't let them roam round my garden because they eat all the plants, but they are happy with their run. I've discovered my problem is red spider mite which makes chickens peck themselves. Moral is clean out the eglu more often!

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    Sue
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    Ann
    Thanks for that, looking at the pictures on the website, it does look very cramped. I was drawn to the omlet site as they supply everything, welcome for extreme beginners like me. A neighbour on the allotment who keeps chickens has built a big cage for his chickens and offered to make one for me, so I could just get the eglu without the run and put it in there.
    However, got to save up first.
    Good luck with eradicating the red spider mite, from what I've read this sounds a real pest.
    best wishes
    Sue

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    sue
    I wouldn't bother with the eglu if I were you. Its highly overpriced for what is basically a plastic box with a few wooden bars inside.
    I have converted a small shed into a coop and added a long run on the side. all you need is a pop hole on the side (a hole with a door you can close at night) and a bar where they can roost. you can also add nesting boxes but a cardboard box works just aswell and you can throw that on the compost heap when it gets dirty and replace with a new one.

    If you don't fancy that then there are always reasonably priced coops and arks on ebay which would cost a fraction of the price of the eglu.

    Another downside of the eglu is that it will only hold 2 chickens and as any chicken keeper will tell you, they are highly addictive.

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    Sue
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    Serenity
    Yes it is expensive, 395 all in! don't know what to think, it's got to be very easy to move, as I'm mostly on my own at the allotment. Also as I don't drive, the eglu all in one purchase is attractive as otherwise I've got to buy stuff from all over (no farm shops or suppliers in Tunbridge Wells) and there is a limit to bus drivers patience as to what I haul on the bus for the allotment.
    And as for ebay, I've never used it, wouldn't know where to start...
    Sue

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