Why Have My Hens Stopped Laying?
Hello - we have 4 hens that were laying well during the summer. They stopped in the Autumn and we thought it was due to moulting. Then we realised we were infested with rats (we live next to a wood and fields). We have left poison out now since mid-December and a lot has been eaten. The feathers are now fully grown back and the hens look very healthly. They are on layers pellets, roam free most of the time and have cider vinegar in their water. They are still not laying though and the only thing we can see which we are concerned about is that underneath their perch where they roost each night (and poo) there are a lot of what looks like flaky skin. We have asked at our local shop where we buy food from and they are not sure what to think and have never heard of it before.
Please could you help us.