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Chickens not laying and dropping dead suddenly...HELP!
Thu 5-Sep-13
4:13 pm
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KateUK
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Hello everyone, long time no see, my sewing machine has gone wrong so I have time to ask for your help today!

A chum of mine has chickens and is at the end of her tether.They haven't been laying for months.The older hens stopped ages ago, well never really got started this year, even the newer younger hens stopped a couple of weeks after arriving. Today she let the hens out for a wander around the garden and a second one just dropped dead. Any ideas/suggestions/advice from the world of chicken wisdom?

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Fri 6-Sep-13
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Gottaknit
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No idea at all about the chickens, but deepest sympathy about the sewing machine. How are you coping - I know how hard it would be for an amateur like me.big_hugwave

Fri 6-Sep-13
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wave Hi Kate,

Sounds to me as if they may not be not getting enough protein, try to find out what she feeds them & how often. Unfortunately as they are starting to moult now & making new feathers need lots of energy causing them to go off-lay anyway upping their rations may not make any difference. Late Winter  I usually give mine some cheese & oil in their meals & this seems to bring them in-lay quickly.  

The unusually hot weather we have had won't have helped them either.  Has she made sure they have lots of water as they need much more than usual? 

Sorry about your sewing machine, hope you solve that problem soon.

 

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Sat 21-Sep-13
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Thanks ladies, I'll pass on the protein suggestion.

Machine back with me now- just as well as I have a quilt to finish this week- was really odd having an empty space on the sewing table!

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

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