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I'm not a chicken plucker

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So its would seem that our white leghorn has been plucking and eating feathers from the other chickens. Apparently this might be boredom, protein deficiency or not enough greens. One way or the other we will have to do something, we have 3 chickens now with bare bottoms and its been snowing outside.


We have chickens, 5 of them to be precise. A Rhode Island Red hybreed, 2 Light Sussex bantams, 1 Bluebelle and a White Leghorn.

The hybreed was the first and used to have a ‘sister’ but she died within 2 weeks of buying her from a local breeder. We had already had 2 chickens which we took back because they were infested with lice, so it shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise.

When she died some good friends of ours who live in Somerset, Alex and Gavin, were coming to visit us and very kindly brought us the light sussex bantams from a breeder near where they lived. When they arrived they looked like pigeons rather than chickens, as they were about 5-6 weeks old.

We got the White Leghorn and the Bluebelle from some extremely nice people at Cambridge Poultry. I would deffinitely say I would recommend them, although its a bit of a trek from where we live.


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