Feather loss and soft shell eggs

by Joy Wodhams
(Wiltshire, UK)

We started with 3 chickens a year ago, different breeds, two of them quite large, the third a little Goldline.

All was ok until last winter which in England was really miserable, cold and rainy.
Our chicks are not free range but have plenty of space in their run.
Our Goldline started to lose feathers early in the Spring and to lay eggs with very fragile soft shells. We thought she was stressed and had been plucked by one of the others, which we gave away to friends, but our Goldline has not improved (it's now six months!). Her skin where she has feather loss is very red.
Our other chick is fine, no problems, eggs perfect.
Any suggestions? I feel we've tried everything, but maybe not?

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