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Alpecin layers' pellets?

Post by Icemaiden » Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:38 am

Hello everyone. It's Tufty here.

I need your help. Mum's had us for almost a year, & I might not be very cuddly, being a cream legbar, but Dad says I'm the cutest. Well he did...I'm in a right state. My feathers are falling out everywhere and I look a right mess. At this rate I'll be bald in a few weeks :x

What's worse, I've stopped laying my beautiful blue eggs. I'm afraid that Mum & Dad won't love me any more :cry:

What can I do? Does anyone know where I can get some Alpecin layers' pellets? Will they make my feathers grow back? Help!!!
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Re: Alpecin layers' pellets?

Post by Marigold » Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:11 am

Hello Tufty, and a big welcome to the forum. I know you've been lurking for quite a while, but it's good you're actually posting on here. We always like to hear from our avian members, if they have access to the internet, which can be problematic in some areas, I know.
Re the feather loss - I'm sorry to say that Alpecin is only effective when applied externally, so incorporating it into pellets would probably just make them taste of shampoo. If you were a cockerel, I would advise getting your vet to prescribe Propecia, see https://www.menshealth.com/health/a1954 ... -propecia/
However, it doesn't seem to be very effective for the President, and it has some worrying side effects, especially for a commander in chief, and as I said it's a 'men only' remedy, so probably not appropriate for you anyway.
I think you'll just have to accept that time will improve your condition. I know it's depressing when one is having a bad hair day, but I'm sure that, in time, your beautiful feathers will grow back, you'll be back to full cuteness, laying well, and you'll have a whole new wardrobe ready for the Spring season.
I also sense you're worried about your relationship with your parents. Have you any grounds for this, apart from the evident mild depression you seem to be suffering from? A good test is whether they're actually providing you with enough delicious high-protein treats. If this is still happening, I feel there's no cause for worry. Do keep in touch, and let us know how you're getting on.
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Re: Alpecin layers' pellets?

Post by Icemaiden » Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:49 pm

Dear Auntie Marigold,
Thank you for your reply. Mum's still treating us to mealworms as well as our Smallholder layers' pellets, but the supply of cherry tomatoes seems to be tailing off. The lawn's covered in apples though; Mum tells me off when I try to eat a whole one on my own.

A new wardrobe would be fun. Perhaps Dad would put it in the greenhouse for me so it doesn't get wet. Could I keep some of Rick's designer wellies in it? :lol:
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Post by Marigold » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:31 pm

It sounds nice and cosy in the greenhouse, so maybe you could roost in the wardrobe if Dad was willing to make space for it, and to adjust the hanging rail to a more convenient height. It would keep your pretty new feathers dry and clean and would prevent the wind from ruffling them. Some wardrobes have drawers at the bottom, which would make lovely nest boxes. When venturing out, you might like to ask Rick to design a chicken mackintosh to match the boots of your choice. And then we would like to see a pic of your elegant ensemble.
I'm glad you seem to be feeling a bit brighter, Tufty, - maybe you're getting past the prickly stage and can see tufts of new feather emerging from the sheaths. Are any of your friends similarly afflicted? I was a bit surprised that you said you've lived there 'for nearly a year', as usually this problem occurs in hens who have gone through their second summer.
Keep your beak up, and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!
love from Auntie Marigold xx
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Post by Tweetypie » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:55 pm

Dear Tufty friend, its Cindy here, I empathise with you. I caught sight of myself in one of those things my parents look our of and thought it was Horace hedgehog staring back, but it was me. :shock:

I am keeping my distance from Mabel and Miss Muffet as they look like posh birds, with their fabulous furs, strutting about and generally showing off. I feel so intimidated, so i hide away on my own.

At night, I sit next to my Sister, Barbie. She's nice to me.

My mum has also been kind, she gives me treats when the others are not looking. I get a cherry tomato and a spoonful of corn.

I am sure it won't be long until you and me are top birds again. Hang in there.
Love Cindy x
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Re: Alpecin layers' pellets?

Post by Icemaiden » Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:09 pm

Hi Cindy.
Thanks for borrowing your mum's computer to drop me a line. One of my sisters is now losing her feathers too, so that's cheering me up a bit, as she's head hen & has laid over 900 eggs in her lifetime, as she likes to keep reminding me.

Corn sounds nice. What is it?

Lots of love,
Tufty.
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Post by Tweetypie » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:13 pm

Hey Tufty

900 eggs, that's some act to follow. I doubt I will reach that figure. I like to placate my humans during this "bald patch", by giving them a double yolked egg once a fortnight. Seems to keep them happy.

My Mum stole some sweetcorn from the farmers field. She boils it until soft before giving it to us. I have to race to the front door before the others get there, otherwise I have to stay at the back, as I don't want my spikes to hurt. Tastes great, but she's a bit mean with the quantities :-)06

Let's hope we will soon be the beautiful swans, when our Sisters are looking like ugly ducklings. :mrgreen:

Bye for now, Cindy x
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