We've tried giving her extra oyster shell, but that hasn't worked. I'm wondering if it could be due to a combination of lack of sunshine and her dark feathers not allowing her to make enough vitamin D to absorb the calcium in her diet. On the advice of the woman we bought the chickens from we're going to try calcium tablets with vitamin D to see if that helps. She suggested we mix one into the feed every other day for a week.
There were lots of chickens to choose from:
Here are the two we chose, Bilbo and Frodo - yes, I know Bilbo and Frodo Baggins are male, but hobbits aren't human.
|Here is Bilbo the hen. She is a Rhode Island Red Blacktail (i.e. crossed with Light Sussex)|
|Frodo is the one in the foreground. She's a Black Rock type, but darker than Fudge.|
While we were at the farm we saw this handsome Buff Orpington cockerel:
When our chickens were in the cat basket he seemed to take quite an interest in them, walking around and around the basket.