Two Buff Orphingtons are doing well. Two Black Sex Links are having feather issues. One has a bare bum and the other is missing wing feathers. (I've used powder on them) They all decided they don't want pellets, they want very wet (water) crumbles . All seem to be laying an egg a day. Any suggestions for the feathers and is there any problem with wet crumbles?
Feathers and Food
if the blood feathers are very bright red then add some blu-kote on the shaft, put pick no more where the feathers are growing in, if there is any problem with their back use a chicken saddle, and add feather fixer or meat bird starter grower or game bird feed, they will boost the protein to get the feathers growing back quicker and as an added bonus you could get more eggs.
water and crumbles, you can either let it sit open to gather it's own starter from the air, this isn't alway a good option because it can mold but some people can keep it from molding, the other is to add apple cider vinegar with the "mother" or use sugar, the mother is the good bacteria that helps to kickstart the fermentation process, here is a good website to give you some more information. http://www.communitychickens.com/why-and-how-to-ferment-your-feed/