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  2. Tricky one. If you can I’d keep her separate but near and within sight of the others and see how she gets on.
  3. Is that just a smaller mesh but plastic? In which case it will just be eaten through and they will be in straight away. It needs to be steel mesh. But it will keep the small birds out.
  4. I'd never heard of a Stoat before, what a weird looking thing! I've had immense problem with small birds - the large gaps in the upper half of the Omlet runs lets them walk right on in, and they told all their friends within a 5 suburb radius. The run was being utterly trashed - initially within a few weeks, then a week, and got down to needing a clean out every single day. I wasn't keen on chicken wire so went with mesh instead. Not happy with the amount fo work, but happy with the end result. I'd certainly think twice about an Omlet run in the future unfortunately
  5. I did think she was moulting but it's been going on for about 3-4 months now! is that normal? And then i have seen the other plucking and pecking her (and even her pecking herself). She was laying up until about 2 weeks ago, so i wasn't that worried. They're all fed on layers Pellets. She's still eating and drinking fine and seems ok in herself - just maybe a bit withdrawn
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  7. Sounds like broodiness to me. My pekin has just today gone broody for the second time this year. She doesn’t do any growling or mega puffing up or anything either - just sits like a pancake - but then she is mega friendly / tame.
  8. It’s possible that he stopping laying and withdrawn behaviour are both due to the hens going into moult. It’s the right time of year (2 of mine are moulting) and they do stop laying and get timid when they moult. However the blood around the vent is likely to be from peck injuries so definitely keep her separate until healed. Also, finding a shell-less egg may indicate something else going on. What are they fed?
  9. No low cluck but I might leave the side door off the house (it’s an eglu classic) so it’s not snuggly in there and see if that changes anything, thanks
  10. Actually, to update, the first hen that hasn'been laying and pecked badly, i've just noticed she has blood around her vent so it's her that's been bleeding. I've separated her and will take her to the vet tomorrow, but anyone got any ideas what the cause could be?
  11. Hi, Need some assistance here - had 3 hens for about a year (free range), all fine, but whilst they were confined to their coop during winter, the lowest in the pecking order has gradually been plucked badly, which has been getting worse and worse. She's seemed ok, and i had a apron on her back for a while which seems to help. But then she started losing feathers on her chest too. I got some AntiPek spray which seems to have helped but ever since she's stopped laying and has been doing watery poos (solid, but with clear water around them). She's been a bit withdrawn the last week or so, and was wondering if the AntiPek spray could be making her sick? And then, a few days ok, another one of the hens, started acting a bit withdrawn, was walking a bit funny one day, and has since ot laid either. She's not perked up, but still hasn't laid for about 4 days now. And then i went in to collect the eggs today, and there was a shellless egg (no shell at all), but then some blood in the nest box too (about an inch sq). As i've got 2 hens not laying at the moment, not sure which one it was. So i guess does anyone know what could be the cause of any of the above? I was assuming the lowest hen was just suffering from getting pecked, but now another one has stopped laying too, i'm a bit concerned. Thanks!
  12. Thanks Cat tails. Our experince sounds so similar. And I hear you when you talk about snapping. She was slowly driving me crazy. This was her! It's as if you had visited my garden!! "Never settling, constantly pacing and whining/screeching" Today I sat out in the garden and it was quiet. My other hens quietly mooching around and doing their thing. Shed a little tear of relief and a big lung filled sigh of relief!! Funny how a chicken can have such an impact on the atmosphere!
  13. Most of my broodies have been the hissing/spitting/biting my hand of kind, but not all are like that. Are they doing the low cluck? As they aren’t laying anyway, I would close the nestbox/house and see if they start doing more normal chicken stuff.
  14. Thanks for the reply, I’ve changed their water to remove the ACV. I’d discounted broodiness because when we’ve had broody hens in the past they’ve been bristly and furious whenever I’ve tried to move them. The Pekins just seem a bit quiet and sad and humpy, but they are both trying to fit in the nest box atm so maybe?? Is there anyway of telling if it’s broodiness or Illness?
  15. ACV can stop them drinking enough water, so I would remove that. Also are you sure they aren’t broody? Pekins are well known for being broody.
  16. I wondered if anyone had any advice for me regarding our two Pekin Bantams. We got them 4 weeks ago when they were just coming into lay and they have been fine but for the last few days they have gone off their food, seem very lethargic and humpy and keep going back to bed. For the last week or so they have been free ranging for a few hours each day with the large fowl flock (and one bantam cockerel) and three ducks, I haven’t noticed any large scale bullying, just a bit of short lived chasing off. They are now back in their own run/free range area which I’ve moved deeper into the shade, and I’ve put ACV in their water. They are vaccinated against most things, but do the vaccinations work? Could it be the heat? Should I be doing anything more? These are our first bantam hens so I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing tbh. Any advice appreciated, thanks
  17. Thank you for your response. Yes I know it’s hard as we have no other evidence or signs of anything! Other than her being evidentially bottom of the pecking order and gets chased a lot still! And seems to be a bit clumsy!
  18. That’s amazing news! Must be such a relief! I packed my hen in a cat carrier in the middle of the night and shipped her off to the petting zoo in the morning, when I couldn’t handle her anymore. It was that or indeed snapping… It actually happened to me twice with very similar looking birds, both partridge coloured. Never settling, constantly pacing and whining/screeching. Especially when needing to lay. Even added hay and a blanket to the nesting box at one point, hoping they would settle. Happy times are coming!
  19. Thank you for remembering Cat tails. She is a partridge colour funnily enough. She is beautiful. A vorwerk type with lovely tail feathers and a blue egg. I have managed to rehome her! I had a final stalk of FB and saw a local farmer offered to take a few hens from someone that was moving. I messaged and ask if they had room for one more and they do. Gosh I was a bit emotional after they agreed and I drop her off tomorrow. It's been a stress filled time with her. She hasn't been happy from day 1. It was a real sense of relief when they said yes. As I did think I needed to either have her put down or to leave her to free range in the fields at the end of our road. She was really testing my insanity and surprised my neighbours haven't said anything. So a good nights sleep and hopefully a quieter day tomorrow 🤞 I guess sometimes, like humans, no matter what you do hens don't settle. I am hoping the farm free range life suits her.
  20. Pretty much impossible to say with so little to go on I’m afraid. Although maybe whatever event caused her to lose a claw on one foot has also injured her other leg.
  21. Hi all, we have a silkie pullet around 26/28 weeks. We have had her around 8 weeks. background info: She hasn’t come into lay yet but has been beginning to crouch when I go near to pick her up so was hoping her first egg would be soon… she is a small bird and integration to our flock to a while (we got her with two others). She also has an interesting way of eating and sometimes it’s pot luck if she gets what she is pecking at!!! We tried to trim her hair incase it was getting in the way! anyway, a couple of days ago we noticed her limping so when we looked we saw one of her toe nails had disappeared and there was some dried blood. We purple sprayed it etc put her down only to notice she was holding her opposite leg up! We examined and can see no visible signs of injury! She is walking tentatively and often sitting down so we removed her from the flock. any ideas what could have happened or how we can help? thanks sheena
  22. I was at a friends house yesterday, she has a largish, productive kiwi, still very green leaves. I guess its all to do with location/access to ground water. Hers is next to a driveway - maybe this shades the roots? OH is in the UK and reports that everywhere is brown. I spoke to another friend yesterday (UK) and she said her garden is still green - possibly because she hasn't mown since May. I quite like the fact that everywhere is brown here, but because locals grow for shade there is also lot of evergreen in gardens - citrus, and things like loquat with huge leaves. The topfruit trees are suffering though. I have planted oleanders/agapanthus as they are drought tolerant and provide colour, plus we have camellia (evergreen) and olives along with the citrus and grapes, so its not too barren looking, although we also have large agave type things which are pretty desert like. I hope you don't suffer too badly where you are. It is grim. I still find it odd that the UK is getting on for being as badly hit as southern Europe as far as water is concerned.
  23. I remember using upturned 2L plastic bottles here, with the bottom cut off, to water the courgettes when we grew them in the vegetable plot (now they are on the compost heap). So the watering can fills them and it leaks at root level rather than wetting the surface layer. We have a large number of 5L bottles here as a result of buying in water to drink and perhaps I could try them on a potato row with one between each seed and water less often. They would become buried at the earthing up stage, so the only extra work will be cutting the bottles. It will also suppress weed growth on the surface, unless it rains of course, which is becoming increasingly unlikely. Crisis meeting today to discuss what will become the driest Summer ever in France and the worst drought. 100 communes have no tap water now and have to fetch it from water tankers parked in the village square. Crops are failing and we are lucky that most of ours are out. Kiwis are losing their leaves, which means the sun will burn the fruit (the little we have after the severe late frost in April which killed the flowers) as it did last year. Far too much watering to save them.
  24. I remember a friend telling me about these, I'd forgotten. Given terracotta pots are cheap as chips here, I could give it a go, nothing to lose. Many old houses in need of tlc still have their original enormous clay pots for keeping wine, water and olive oil in, in the adega. Sometimes these are half buried in stone/earth to keep them extra cool. I have never quite understood how they work as you must have to ladle out the liquid contents, you can't move the jars. By the same token you often see 5l water containers outside very old terraced houses in villages/towns so they are warmed by the sun, enough for washing up/yourself. In the old days nobody had running water, and some still don't, you go to the communal 'fonte' to get cold water, and so to heat it you would have to light a fire. In some out of the way villages there is a still a communal laundry, a massive shallow water tank under cover with 'washboards' now made of concrete. As I've typed all this I realise everyone who uses them must wash laundry in cold water.
  25. A news report this morning was about the use of 'ollas' (pronounced 'oyas'), which reduce water consumption by 70% and have been used by the Mayans thousands of years ago. They are porous pots with lids that are buried in the ground by your vegetables then the whole area around is covered in a mulch. You fill the pots with water and it slowly leaks into the soil under the protective mulch. The key is to get the porosity right and I can see a lot will depend on your soil, but a great idea nevertheless. I bet they are expensive.
  26. I think I told you before, I had a very similar hen. (Will never get any partridge coloured hen ever again) I rehomed mine at the petting zoo I got her from in the first place. Is the breeder you got her from an option? Otherwise I would inform with an RSPCA close to you. Might not be the best option for the hen, but you also need to consider your own sanity.
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