|Fluffy Bottom = Happy Hen|
However, we do feel bad for the ladies, as they are accustomed to having the freedom to hoover up worms, grubs, and other scraps around the yard, and poultry hobbyists will attest to the superior flavor of fresh eggs coming from hens that are allowed to free range.
|The Problem: Bored Hens = Plucked Bottom|
So, we've hung cabbage balls to give the girls something to occupy them, and that has helped, but we had to take things up a notch when we observed poor Victoria's freshly plucked bottom the other day.
Leaning on more seasoned experts' advice, we learned that adding vinegar to their water might help, and covering their bottoms with talcum powder (or blu-kote or iodine) will disguise the redness of their skin and discourage pecking, allowing time for those feathers to grow back in.
|The Solution: Shake, shake, shake!|
Brie to the rescue.
Spring can't get here soon enough, though. That's when free ranging gets a bit easier, when we can sit outside and enjoy our flock in the warmer evenings.