Originally Posted by Fancychooklady
Just a thought Annie, do you think your hen is eating feathers ? Methionine deficient feeds can eventually lead to this behavior. The hen will actually pull her s and others feathers in an attempt to satisfy her requirements. I would be inclined to add a poultry vitamin to their water once a week.
Once again thank you Fancy .... will have to find some poultry vitamins this week ( hoping my stock & produce merchant is open up to New Year ). Meantime I am upping the protein for the two big girls.
Today she hogged into crushed boiled egg, raw rolled oats, cheese, the remains of the yoghurt and a sprinkle of olive oil. They all ate it, but I was delighted to see her real enthusiasm.
Will be offering a whole range of goodies including couscous in the coming weeks. Plus the vitamins for her, when I get them.
I doubt the other two nosey parkers need vitamins ??? They are very very feisty. Get into all kinds of mischief ! .... Little Mindy Araucana, makes the strangest of noises ( always has ), but has added to her repertoire. Today she was mimicking ( both hubby and I agreed about it ) ... wattle birds ??? Yep. Whether she continues it, is another matter !!
Have read that they can be mimics, on other sites ... and why not. They are birds, mynahs do it, magpies do it, cockatoos learn English and all that. !! Fascinating creatures - chickens.
So my daughter was correct - thanks for that info Fancy. I am wondering why that might be ? - considering Tasmania is so much further south - ( which kind of should be cooler ?? ). Do you know if there is a specific reason for that .... amazing really.
Edited by Anniebee - 12/27/15 at 1:32am