Ask the Expert December 2020/January 2021

Ask the Expert December 2020/January 2021
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 19 minutes Chickens Losing Feathers  I bought chicks in the spring: an Australorp, Ameraucana, and a Barred Rock. I just finished building a Carolina coop which they moved into November 19th. Although it was a bit stressful at first, they seemed to adjust well. I feed them freely NatureWise Hearty Hen (18% protein, soy-free), a couple of handfuls of five-grain scratch with boon worms, and a couple of handfuls of dried black soldier fly larvae. I have a dust bath with diatomaceous earth, dirt, and sand.  Back in September, I noticed the Barred Rock was kind of bald aft of the wings (I thought it maybe from the rooster that we culled). Now I notice those bald spots are about the size of a fist in both sides (she is highest in pecking order). I find a lot of feathers on the floor of the hen house (from

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