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  2. AndyRoo

    New girls

    Yeah, I think the temperaments are all down to the birds themselves.
  3. mullethunter

    New girls

    My old lady Wyandotte’s are like that and they’re generally said to be a fairly placid breed - all in the individuals I think
  4. Today
  5. AndyRoo

    New girls

    She is an absolute screamer. You'd think you were trying to throw her directly into the frier at KFC the noise she makes if you try to handle her. She's never tamed up at all - no matter how many times we have tried to pet her.
  6. The Dogmother

    New girls

    Legbars are nuts - it's the blue egg gene! I had 2 Blue Angels from Cotswold Chickens - an Araucana/Leghorn cross; beautiful birds, and really good layers of big, pale turquoise eggs, but absolutely nuts until they came into lay.
  7. Yesterday
  8. AndyRoo

    New girls

    I'm not 100% sure - but that was my assumption. I can tell you she lays an olive egg as opposed to blue... which we learned in total surprise when we got home to discover she had laid an egg in the carrier! They're going to be clipped in the morning, although she's not that flighty - not so far it seems, although I'll keep an eye on her. I'm hoping she'll be like our other Leghorn who also seems like she just can't be bothered to even attempt flapping around. I think our Legbar is probably our flightiest and most skittish bird.
  9. The Dogmother

    New girls

    Yep, looks like a rumpless Araucana.
  10. mullethunter

    New girls

    The rumpless chook must have araucana in her does she?
  11. The Dogmother

    New girls

    Nice looking birds Andy, and a good selection. Watch that mad Leghorn though - trim her wing or she'll be off! I'd suggest keeping her in the run for a couple of weeks so that she builds up a homing instinct. The black Marans cross looks like she is either laying or just about to start. They usually produce a plummy hued egg.
  12. AndyRoo

    New girls

    So today we got some new, as yet unnamed girls. A white Leghorn, and then two others are supposedly hybrids or hybrids: the one that looks like a Rhode Rock has feathery feet and is apparently a Marans cross so should give us some really dark eggs, and the little rumpless lady should give us some olive green eggs.
  13. rachel84

    Longer days with a light

    Both of my Copper Black Marans have given up for this year already (more or less on the same day as each other too) - normally start again March time. Gladys will wait for the weather to be really cold, then moult and stop laying for winter 🙄Hopefully my new 3 will continue to lay over winter occasionally! I just accept it as a part of chicken keeping and try to have a few different breeds to ensure I get the odd egg over winter but certainly not on a daily basis!
  14. mullethunter

    Longer days with a light

    Good decision Peter - it’ll be much better for them to stick with natural daylight rhythms. They do look like jolly healthy girls in your other photo though. I bet the children next door love them 😊
  15. Peter

    Longer days with a light

    I have noted that there egg laying has reduced so yes I will have to give them a rest. I did not get them totally for the eggs, it was the best pet that suited my life stile, like going on holidays. Peter
  16. The Dogmother

    Longer days with a light

    Exactly. Extending 'light hours' causes them a lot of stress, much as you find in battery situations. They are designed to take advantage of the shorter hours to lay less or stop laying, moult and get a rest. Try to keep their habits as natural as possible.
  17. The Dogmother

    Hot day for my ladies

    I hate to sound like a worn out record, but chickens should not be fed on human, processed food Peter - they have no way of processing dairy, sugar or salt. Please stick to their layers feed with the odd treat of deep green leaves or the odd iced cucumber or apple.
  18. Beantree

    Longer days with a light

    We tried that Peter but found that the mess in the coop wasn't worth the trouble for the extra eggs. Water spilled and full of shavings, feed knocked over and all the bedding scratched and messed. Problem is a coop is too small an area for chickens to be active in it. We were also told that the hens must have a 'laying break' of at least two weeks anyway, otherwise their health suffers.
  19. soapdragon

    Hot day for my ladies

    Lucky girls! Tea and cucumber sarnies this afternoon then
  20. Last week
  21. I have installed a light in the coop to extend the day light to 15hrs. The light comes on at 4am until 9am then daylight takes over. I will have to see how they are in the morning. The local nursery school were looking over the wall at the ladies so I let them stroke them and feed them. The carers were so please. Peter
  22. Peter

    Hot day for my ladies

    Been a lovely hot day in Northumberland. The ladies were so hot, so I cooled them down with ice cream on the lawn.
  23. soapdragon

    Hamster with a cold

    Apparently our new hammy will be a male biscuit one so I had a quick Google (as you do) to see exactly what that colour is (Bourbon, Jaffa Cake? Turns out it's more custard cream) and found this hilarious picture https://images.app.goo.gl/3EfnKcgoSAb2qske8. How is that even possible?
  24. mullethunter

    Solo travel

    3 times a day!!! That would drive me mad 😂 He may go with a friend but even if he went on his own, a good fishing friend of his lives there so he wouldn’t be on his own. He is quite a lot older than me and is also DEFINITELY not one for partying!
  25. redhotchick

    Solo travel

    My OH is slightly older than me and has cut down on the nr of days he works. He is able to take more time off than me. For the last few years he has taken holidays without me. His last trip was to Thailand and Laos for nearly a month! I don't get a chance to miss him as he Skype me 3 times a day! Having been on many similar holidays with him, I know his daily routine, and I'm sure he is just the same when I am not with him. He isn't one for partying. There is obviously trust on both sides. I enjoy having evenings to myself whilst he is away, I catch up with friends. Would he go fishing by himself or with a friend whilst you went away somewhere else?
  26. Cat tails

    Solo travel

    Ooooh! Sounds lovely!
  27. mullethunter

    DD got hurt on holiday.

    I’m sure none of us need to tell you or her this but if there’s a chance it is becoming infected, much as she would hate to, it might be best for her to try to get either home or somewhere she can more easily spend a while in conditions where it’s easier to keep everything clean. Hopefully it’s just taking a while to heal and she’ll be improving soon.
  28. mullethunter

    Solo travel

    Snap!! Do. Not. Get. It. Current top choice is yoga retreat to Nicaragua. Jungle (a bit buggy) bungalows / rooms, morning and evening yoga classes, options to surf, beach, wildlife tour through the jungle...
  29. patsylabrador

    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Not as long as we'd all like, about 10 days but the good news is that we are all meeting up in Tokyo early next year.
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