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    • CommentAuthorjoannec
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2010 9:45pm (May 12th 2010)
     
    Hi All

    Firstly may i just say i am so sorry about Milly she was a beautiful hen and im sure is still sadly missed. God Bless xxxxxxx

    Right im Jo, i havent been on here since July last year when i wrote about loosing my beloved specs and how her sister goldie was missing her. I am pleased to say my goldline is still alive and kicking well scratching even though she had a very close call with an untrained husky, she was minus a few back feathers and was very shaken but she is absolutely fine and back to her normal self.

    Sinse loosing my rabbit florence 2 days before christmas to a family of foxes, goldie moved into her 2 storey hutch (is very comical watching her walk up the ramp to the bedroom compartment). She is still in there and prefers it to her hen coop as long as she is happy then so am i.

    Only problem is she hasnt laid since before specs died, she is in her third year, she wont eat layers and i think i could be spoiling her with treats maybe over compensating for her loosing her sister.

    Do you think she is ok even though she dosent lay anymore?????????

    Hope everyone is well.

    Regards as always

    Jo xxxxxxxxxxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2010 10:31pm (May 12th 2010)
     
    Welcome back Jo! So sorry about your rabbit - nature can be very cruel - but glad Goldie has taken advantage of the situation to get herself a new des-res!

    I know nothing about chickens apart from they're good to watch and attract good people to the forum, so I'll leave that to Red or one of the others to answer. All the best!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2010 3:37am (May 13th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :welcome: back Jo, good to see you again!!

    Glad that Goldie is doing well. Thank you for your words about Milly, and I'm sorry to hear about your rabbit too :heart:

    As for not laying, I can honestly say I am stumped! How long before Specs died did Goldie stop laying? My only guess could be that she stopped from the shock of losing Specs (although if it happened a while before that blows that idea out the window...), but she should have recovered from her loss and begun laying again since then.

    Is she overweight at all? A good tester is to feel her chest / breast bone, if it sticks out and is sharp she is a lean girl, if it is very padded and blunt she is a heft girl! Chunkier chickens can have a harder time laying eggs and their egg production will be naturally less (although Tilly still manages to lay the odd egg!)

    You could try putting her on a diet, and see if that helps, or getting her a room-mate! Other than that there's not much else I can suggest, sorry! Maybe she'll begin laying this year now winter is over...?
    • CommentAuthorjoannec
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2010 9:33am (May 13th 2010)
     
    Thanks for the warm welcome :)

    She does get alot of treats to be honest this morning she managed to get into the kitchen eat the cats food and polished off some left over stew, maybe thats why she isnt eating her layers..... fussy hen.

    As long as not laying eggs does her no harm then im a happy chicken keeper.

    Thanks once again and its great to be back : )

    xxxxxxxxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2010 3:15pm (May 13th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No, she won't be doing herself any harm not laying seeing as she hasn't laid for so long, it's not like she's egg bound.

    But yes, she does need to eat her layers pellets if she wants to lay any more eggs!! You could restrict all other treats until she learns she has to eat her pellets; we had to do this with our chucks for a while because of Milly :D