mother hen again wrote:Franco, it is normal for the egg laying to slow down and stop whilst they are 'feathering up' for the winter. However, you must keep giving them 'layers pellets and corn', without layers pellets you will not get the flow of eggs. I also add some poultry spice to my chickens food you can buy this either somewhere like Mole Valley or on the internet. I also put a tonic and some 'cider vinegar' drops in their water (the equine kind not the kitchen one, be careful with this as it can burn their throat).
I have about 30/40 hens all kinds of varieties and several Cockerals. I am also a volunteer worker for the Battery Hen Welfare Trust. www.bhwt.org.uk so if anyone would like to 'adopt' some hens this site is a good place to start. For info another good website is www.practicalpoultry.co.uk
Like Rivermute I like to give my chickens warm porridge in the mornings-I also hang down brocilli and all sorts of different veg for them to peck away at during the day, gives them a bit of interest and stops them getting bored. We have a heater inside their accomodation that we leave on for about 6 hours each day when they are out and about its on a timmer so it goes off when they come in otherwise they would be too hot. For me the ultimate is our automatic opening and closing door, would never be without one now, means we don't have to get up at crazy times and let them out - they seem to 'know' the times it goes up and down and they put themselves to bed, been using it for about 3 years now and it works brill..
As you can see me and chickens,,, LOL
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