I have a whole world of problems with my hens and I am in desperate need of some advice!
Background: we purchased 6 hens who had entered retirement (2years) from a free range farmer, approx 2 months ago. All the girls were in fairly poor looking condition, I think as a result of over crowding.
We feed the girls the highest quality laying pellets, they have access to fresh water, they get grit and black oil sunflower seeds. Also table scraps (breakfast -left over oats, banana and toast, and tea veg, salad etc).
They seem happy, never stray, are energetic et
The girls are free range, and have a large coop. They are pets and we love them.
Urgent problem: one of the hens (who has been picked on from the beginning) is leaking yellow yoke (?), I thought she may have been egg bound and it has broken. She is lethargic, barely moving, sits most of the day while the others forage. She did eat a small amount of scrap last night, but this morn she has left the coop and only moved a few feet. I gave her a bath and massage yesterday....what else can I do? I don't think she is going to make it....what's the best way to make her comfortable? And if it comes to it...the best way to put her to sleep
Secondly: 5 of our 6 girls lay soft or she'll-less eggs!! Some just walk around and plop them out like poop! It's doing my head in, they get the best food, I can't figure out what the issue is.
We have one girl, who is in the best condition, who lays perfect eggs, but the other all lay duds! We must be doing something terribly wrong, please help!
When we first got the chickens we were getting 3-5 good eggs a day, now we get one.
Thanks in advance