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My Americana quit laying and then after I few weeks I noticed she has lost a lot of neck feathers.  On further inspection, I found lots of areas of feathers missing.  I thought of molting but then decided to give her a once over.  Looking at her more closely, I saw only one little red bug( a mite ?) but that was it.  I've used diatom pwd on her and my other girls once a week now for several weeks.  i put it up on their roust, I changed the straw and cleaned their nesting boxes letting them dry all day in the sunshine.  I don't see the little buggers anymore but she still isn't laying but maybe every 4 or 5 days.  I've added the diatomaceous powder that consumable to the feed, put it in their dust bathing areas.  Is there anything else that I should be doing?  I'm a newby and try to have happy chickens.  Colleen  

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My Americana quit laying and then after I few weeks I noticed she has lost a lot of neck feathers.  On further inspection, I found lots of areas of feathers missing.  I thought of molting but then decided to give her a once over.  Looking at her more closely, I saw only one little red bug( a mite ?) but that was it.  I've used diatom pwd on her and my other girls once a week now for several weeks.  i put it up on their roust, I changed the straw and cleaned their nesting boxes letting them dry all day in the sunshine.  I don't see the little buggers anymore but she still isn't laying but maybe every 4 or 5 days.  I've added the diatomaceous powder that consumable to the feed, put it in their dust bathing areas.  Is there anything else that I should be doing?  I'm a newby and try to have happy chickens.  Colleen  

It is molting season so she should stop laying.

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