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Hi, we are New to this. We have three chickens, not sure what breed. We have two that are broody and do not leave the box and just sit on fake eggs. The other seems to be loosing feathers and spends all day from very early making loud noises...Sorry neighbours...they have food water and other stuff to eat. Before this they were all laying lovely but now seem miserable. What are we doing wrong
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Welcome to BYC :frow If you're not going to let the broody hen hatch eggs it would be kinder to break her broodiness. Due to the inactivity and little food intake a broody hen loses a lot of weight during a broody spell. The most effective breaking method I know off is putting the hen in a wire bottomed cage with nothing but food and water, no nesting materials. After a few days in there she should be over it.

 

The one losing feathers, unless she is molting, could have a lice/mite infestation. Have you dusted them for mites at any point? Here are some articles with more information:

 

Information on Molting Chickens

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mites-lice-treatment-and-prevention

 

Best of luck!

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Sumi has given you good advice. Is the one making all the noise - maybe a stealth cockerel or maybe just a bird molting?

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Hi welcome-byc.gif

Glad you could join us here! You have some great advice so I will wish you the very best of luck. Enjoy your time here on BYC frow.gif
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Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

All the best

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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