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  1. I've started making my own reed diffusers. They're nice and easy if you have the pre-made base mix. I started after I found a really nice 'designer' one in a garden centre the other week which was *amazing* - but cost £28!! So I just started making my own for a third of the price! lol Well, here's the Peckingham Palace update. All built and ready. We re-used some of the panels of the MK1 run to create the enclosure at the front. And a nice big new hen house means that I'll be getting a few more hens too. Planning on collecting them this weekend. 🙈 🙈 🙈 😂
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  2. Sorry I can’t help either but I just wanted to echo what’s been said above. 6 is a really good age for ex-batts. The poor things are only bred to live and lay eggs for a couple of years - beyond that they do tend to get all sorts of horrid things wrong with them. I’d say it’s quite likely that your poor girl is just packing up. It sounds like you’re doing the absolute best for her and all of them and that you’ve given them the best retirement a hen could wish for.
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  3. Sorry I cannot help - but if they are 6 and ex battery hens that is a really good age and by the sound of it you are doing everything you can and so there is no way you are doing anything wrong. I have found ex battery have such a tough start to life they don't live that long and none of mine have ever reached 6. Hopefully someone else may offer advice but I think your doing a great job.
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  4. I’m in! Hopefully got enough posts! It was great last year. Thank you for arranging this again Luvachicken.
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  5. Very impressed with that @AndyRoo. Reminds me of my Grandparents house in Rugby, which I used to visit with my parents as a child. They had a building like that with a run at the front and an apple tree inside it. Another memory from there is that of watching my Mother dressing a fresh hen for dinner, which I presume my Grandfather had just killed and plucked. I remember her fishing out an egg! Bet I haven't remembered that for decades; amazing how living in such a quiet simple place allows you think.
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  6. I agree. Thought maybe she is over preening? Making the feathers not regrow? As it isn’t actually sore, I personally wouldn’t wait trying to rehome her. I’ve had two hens that had similar behaviour and I know how you feel. Really started to dislike one of those hens and my best decision was to rehome them. My flock calmed down a lot after the last one left and it brought back my joy in chicken keeping.
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  7. Firstly, it’s definitely not a moult. I’m not really confident to say what is actually causing it. My first thought would be feather pecking by the others but it doesn’t look sore and it looks very precise. Same goes for mites really. If I had to say, I’d go for feather pecking initially and then just the feathers aren’t regrowing.
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  8. It's not going to get much fancier than that. I suppose I might paint it at some point, but I'm in no rush. Next to that, we're having a new garage built, and this is going to make me sound so spoilt, but the footprint of those two buildings is bigger than the very first flat I lived in!! 🙈 🤣 I'm getting them a huge new wooden hen house too... because morehens disease has struck again!! lol And, sadly, last year a family of foxes took not one, not two, but three of my lovely girls while the electric fence was broken! I was fuming, so I'll be getting a proper paddock fence built. It should all look really good once the garden has been landscaped too! I'm waiting for my certificate to come through from my degree and then I'll be setting up in private practice (psychotherapist). And, yep, still making the soap - in fact, that is becoming a little side business in of itself as part of my self-care, if you like!
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  9. Took some googling, but chicken is doing fine. She only had a little wound on a wattle, but is back running for food. Apparently it happened before and the goats have scared off buzzards and hawks. This is the first time he had it on camera though.
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  10. Looks fab !! I would love to be a chicken living in there.
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  11. We all use GiffGaff and love it
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  12. GiffGaff would be perfect for your needs. You can switch your number too!
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  13. I have an EE PAYG which was switched automatically from Orange when they stopped the service. As far as I am aware there is no requirement to top it up regularly, but it is very expensive to use from France, which I do, so top up £20 every 6 months or so. That's done via my EE internet account. When I went into the shop in England to change it before it was switched they said I needed a new SIM card but could definitely keep my old number. The new micro SIM needed an adaptor for my old phone which I had to pay £10 for, so didn't bother. But like you I must keep that number for security codes.
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  14. Hybrids can start laying as early as 21 weeks and would normally lay right through Winter in their first year. As they get older they will stop for longer, so there is no hard rule about daylight hours as the weather will play a part as well. There is a good chance you will see the first eggs mid-November, which will be small to start with and will increase in size over 3 months. You may get a few without shells, which is perfectly normal when their system starts up either now or after a layoff.
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  15. Once their combs and wattles start turning bright red, they are getting ready to lay. I wouldn’t put my money on getting eggs before Christmas, but who knows! They might surprise you!
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  16. Thanks Cat Tails! I have a 4m cube run then 9m squared low rise....so have been spending lots of my brain time thinking how I could do these easily....even thought about cutting holed in the run so the collection box could be outside! 🤔 Will take the tape measure out and see if I can adapt the cube nesting box in the first instance to have one or two of those nesting trays... Thanks again for your time!
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  17. I don’t know the dimensions of the Cube nesting box, but maybe this would fit? https://www.premier1supplies.com/p/roll-out-tray-with-flap-for-nesting-boxes
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  18. Hi I ended up with 3 bunnies ( one was going to be left in a cage alone so had to take him too 😊) I moved my eglu and run to the back of my house on concrete ( keeps their nails trim. Connected it with tunnels to another eglu and then more tunnels to a zippy run which will soon have an extra floor. Also have a wooden hutch in my shed ready for winter which I will connect through a hole in the shed to the outside run. They seem happy and I am relieved they are secure around the back . Love my eglu’s and accessories. Not the cheapest but my bunnies are worth it
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  19. Such a shame. You worked so hard for her. RIP Peggy.
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  20. Think they are a bit too young for sexing. Anything we say would just be a guess. They are very cute though!
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  21. Golly, this time of year comes around so quickly every time. Just wondered who would be up for the Christmas swap this year. For those that don't know, the swap is like a secret santa - Me and Mr Luvachicken PM you an address and you make something crafty for them and post it in time for Christmas. In return, someone sends you something. As it is a secret santa, obviously it is a SECRET. Try not to post on here what you are good at making because that gives things away. Here are the rules - please read them carefully 1. You must have been an Omlet member for at least 3 months 2. You must have made at least 100 posts 3. You must let me know if you change your mind and can't make your item, so something else can be sorted 4. You need to stay updated with any changes and things that are going on by checking on the post regularly 5. You need to post your parcel by the stated date so that people get their gifts in time 6. You need to say that you have posted your gift and received yours, either on the main page or by PM'ing me 7. Most importantly you need to post a thank you and a photo of the item you have been sent. 8. Take a photo of your item before you post it (as not everyone always says thankyou and puts up a photo) 9. Not really a rule, but some of our chicken friends live abroad so you will need to factor that in to your costs and postage I know this seems like a lot of rules, (I might even add a few more) but sadly after running the swap for a good few years now, things don't always go to plan. Sometimes parcels don't turn up, they get delayed in the post and sometimes people only want to receive a gift and don't send anything in return - that really is not fair. People have even forgotten they were taking part in the swap in the first place and had to send a rushed gift by special delivery - unfortunately very expensive for them and disappointing for the recipient when everyone else has received their gifts in time. I will post final details about last posting dates soon but just wanted to get the ball rolling. We usually have about 6 weeks to make something, so if you'd like to join in add your name to the post. I know for certain that @Cat tails will be on the list On the list so far @Luvachicken @Cat tails @Girly @HarrisonFamily @Hellis
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  22. Yes, it has been very quiet on here lately. Valkyrie hasn’t been on here for absolutely ages. Perhaps Soapy might come on at the weekend.
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  23. I’m trying something new this year too! Not sure how ‘good’ I will get before Christmas… 😅 Where is @soapdragon?? And maybe @Valkyrie? If she’s still around.
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  24. Oh heck nearly missed it! I’ll join please
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  25. I have an idea - but would need help - is that allowed or should the gift be my own work ??? I am happy to put a disclaimer in with the gift saying "Hope you enjoyed this but I cannot take full credit" - 😀
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  26. Internet is my friend! I’m not creative at all, just good at copying stuff! 😂
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  27. I would love too ....but since lockdown has lifted I seemed to have lost my creative side - I will try and think of something and let you know soon....
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  28. They could be moulting or you may have a feather pecker. If they are moulting then you could pop some tonic in their water to help. If you have a feather pecker then you will need to fit a bumper bit to the culprit or give them more entertainment / freedom so they can't do it.
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  29. I was once told that carrots to bunnies is a bit like chocolate to us. One of ours used to love pears. Ours also used to have little treats from the pet shop that came in a packet and look a bit like a shredded wheat with fruity stuff inside. They loved those. As @Cat tails said they don't really need treats but it makes us feel better about looking after them.
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  30. I have to second planting more seeds to attract bees. It's important to be as pet friendly as possible where you can too. This website has pet friendly wild flower seeds > https://www.pureseeds.co.uk/ which is amazing.
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  31. Only 88 more dats till Christmas people! 🎄🎄
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  32. Yes! Swap time!!! You are the best Luvy!
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  33. Let me know when you are suitably certified, so to speak 😉. I really must have another making day soon ready for Christmas but find that it takes so long...it's the whole getting caustic soda and oils to the right temp that seems to take the time....I aim for 100/110 degrees otherwise I find the smell of the oils just 'go. I'm also getting into making room sprays now which are so much nicer and far, far cheaper than buying. I guess we are just a dirty, smelly lot 🤣!
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  34. Thankyou for your reply. She seems very chilled when she's in her boudoir and is now eating well. She'll be 10 next year so quite ancient and a real character.
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  35. No, not yet. I'm still in the process of getting all the recipes sorted and submitted for CPSRs! It's a painfully slow process.
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  36. Now the builders have added the second wall, and having chosen the cladding, I can confirm it will be significantly nicer than my first apartment. If they don't like it, I might go and live out there!! lol
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  37. That's a mighty fine hen house Andy.
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  38. It looks enormous and very solidly built. Its not just the footprint, I have lived in draughtier buildings than that, even without the front wall! Good luck with work, it sounds exciting and a whole fresh start, a bright time ahead.😀
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  39. That does look like an amazing house. I think mine would be quite jealous if I showed them that !! Can't wait to see it when it is all finished.
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  40. Love your little cheepers! 4 standard sized might be pushing it. I have 5 bantams in mine, including a Dutch bantam and a Sebright which only weigh about 500 grams. Maybe consider a smaller breed than Isa Browns? More important than coop size is run size. You will need a minimum of 1 square meter per standard sized hen and more is always better.
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  41. Lovely to see you again, Andy, and to hear that all is good with you. Those are going to be VERY lucky hens with all that space! Of course, we'll expect regular updates on building progress and pictures of you cutting the ribbon to open Peckingham Palace!!!! We (boys and I) are back at school and OH beavering away in the study but I've just booked a half term break near Taunton and sooooo looking forward to that - we had 3 days with FIL and Step MIL in Devizes this summer and relaxing it was NOT! What are you doing workwise these days? Are you still soap crafting? We've got through masses (obv a filthy lot!) so I need to stock up, when I have time!!!!!!
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  42. Bloody hell Andy are you building them an actual house?! That’s going to be amazing!!! Looking forward to regular updates 😁 All good here thanks - been a ridiculously busy summer in Cornwall so although I hate winter I’m looking forward to a bit of a respite from the heaving roads and beaches. Hopefully autumn will go on for a bit - today was stunning.
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  43. Thank you for taking the time to find out what happened @Cat tails
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  44. Our latest arrivals were 16 weeks old and started laying at 22 weeks. When Ermintrude had laid just 6 eggs she went broody, so your girl certainly isn't too young. It was easy to get her out of it, by removing her from the nest box during the day and at night when she tried to sleep in the box; took about two weeks. BUT, she went broody 6 months later and kept going for a month. In the end we had to move her to a coop and run in a different location and because it was then impossible to re-integrate her, she remains there. Quite happy on her own really, because she was terribly bullied by the others for being 'different'.
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  45. She is better now, thank you.
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  46. They often don’t moult all over all at once. Their head can be fully feathered whilst they have a bare chest.
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  47. You can give her a good feel. Pick her up and feel her breast and bottom. You should be able to feel the breastbone, but also the “breast filets” on each side. Bottom should feel well filled but not squishy like a water filled balloon.
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  48. Thanks very much for your replies. I left the Cube door open last night and they were fine so will be leaving it open from now on. I keep the run door close apart from when I'm around to let them free range which is becoming more frequent as I just love sitting in the garden with them. Thanks
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