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  1. Our first batch of chickens years ago were all roosters - devastating to our girls who had spent so much time with them. We replaced those and, once again, all roosters. We replaced them yet again, and half were roosters so we simply eliminated the two roosters and stuck with only two at that time. To my frustration we then heard yet another "cockadoodle do" from the yard. I let rip with an almighty "FFS", to which my wife and I heard giggling in the backyard. We stuck our heads out and there were our two daughters tricking us with their iPad 🤣😂
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  2. Thank you. I had stood her in cool water but if I’m honesty I think there was an underlying illness and the heat just made it worse (my vet was completely useless) I was syringing water because she had stopped drinking. I saw an advert yesterday in my local farm shop for pairs of hens so I’ll give them a call tomorrow.
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  3. Someone got big! Flo’s almost a year now.
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  4. 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!
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  5. 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!
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  6. 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.
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  7. 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.
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  8. 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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  9. Many years ago we found a severely dehydrated young hedgehog covered in fly eggs. Gave him water by syringe and spent two hours picking the eggs off. Too small to be out over Winter, Harry hibernated in a spare bedroom, waking up every few weeks to eat and drink. He grew quite large and when we let him out into the garden he gorged himself on snails. Strangely he disappeared and the snails began to return, so we decided to keep an eye out for a replacement. Young Harry appeared that evening by the roadside so was relocated to the garden. Few weeks later and Henry re-appeared and they both got on OK; both very tame and would happily sit on your lap for a fuss. Announced this week were the measures to reduce France's energy consumption for space heating/ cooling by 25%. Maximum temperature for heating 17C and minimum for air-conditioning 26C. Whilst either are being employed no windows or doors are to remain open, which particularly applies to shops. Now they did say shops and offices/ workplaces, but I don't know if this is to apply to homes as well? Whilst our heating is set to 17C and the maximum temperature in the house has reached 26C, we had hoped to turn the heating up a degree and get air-conditioning to give us somewhere to recover from the Summer heat, so set to perhaps 20C in just one small area. Begs the question "how are they going to Police it?"
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  10. I think we've all had unusual years - but yours is so much more successful than mine, MT! I am about to pull up one bed of toms, it hasn't done anything, possibly because I didn't put enough goodness back into the raised bed, its a shame as these were my big beefheart type. The cherry toms are also pathetic in volume compared to last year, but they taste good, almost like a roast tomato! I expect yours have succeeded because they mature earlier, perhaps before you got seriously hit by the sun. My 3rd bed of toms is being grown only for passata/sauce - a prolific variety but not too much flavour. Some of my branches are going brown, I can see that some of my watering is too vigorous. If I use a hose the feeder roots can get exposed - I obviously didn't plant them deep enough. All round, not the best year for tomatoes. I may have to rest them a year. I have some espelette peppers grown from seed, with fruit on (I think they are chilis really, rather than peppers, very small and quite spicy) and some herbs (parsley seems remarkably heat tolerant) and that's it on the success front, although I am trying to keep the strawbs alive through this heat, as they have a great taste. I can see little flowers where I water so I hope for a second crop. Plums = everyone had very small crops, apricots = early, then fell and birds/wasps got them, peaches - tasty but small crops. The olives are practically non existent, both at home and at the land, and the grapes are already turning so we should get some sort of crop, but I am guessing it will be small. In a way it has been easy to abandon crops because the conditions are so bad. I did water the mature plum trees before they cropped, and I am watering the apple on the basis it is bearing some fruit and its tasty so its worth it. My friends and I have an elementary grey water system - they unload washing up bowls etc into buckets to water in the evening, and I have a series of watering cans/5l water containers in all rooms with taps! I think rigging up something from the washing machine/shower is beyond us, although I do collect the water as it heats up. I am pinning my faith on green leafy veg in autumn/winter - your tip about cavalo nero is useful, I find Nero di T to be useless as well, though it may be my conditions. I can't grow sweetcorn (too hot, too much irrigation required), so if they don't succeed for you that may be part of the reason. You still have time for them to do their thing, they are normally ready in Sept, and squashes are deffo late. I saw my first black (cultivated) blackberry today!
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  11. We used to have a cellar at 18C maximum to escape the heat. Only 20 minutes was enough to recover and cope with another few hours. We have a spot for A/C but it uses an awful amount of electricity, but we do have some out buildings we could just sit in; plenty of spare chairs. We have a new meter here called a 'Linkey', which sends your consumption readings back every day. There have been complaints about headaches which have been upheld, so compensation paid. In our case it set off the smoke alarms at 2.00am so they have gone. Could be (conspiracy theory) that they are able to shut specific meters off in times of high demand? We have generators but they wouldn't be able to supply an air conditioning unit So earlier I wasn't sweating outside so using an atomiser spray. Now I am, so perhaps I have recovered. Big bird is watching me type this, in fact she is now on the table looking at the screen. She has a 3" scar but it is fully healed. A low tolerance to temperature but hopefully there are no any underlying problems apart from being very fat.
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  12. They are both beautiful @Cat tails Flo has grown a lot - can't believe she is almost a year old.
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  13. So yes… that didn’t take long! I signed up for a kitten at a local cat rescue and they called me to say they had a kitten with some medical issues. As I did add to the form that I don’t mind those. Kitten has a little heart murmur, a little hernia on her belly and started life covered in fleas and with a bad case of the cat flu. So I ended up collecting this little pretty on Monday. She’s called Florence Nightingale (Flo) and is about 4,5 months old.
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  14. Build a frame round the slabs and fill with a deep bed of hardwood chips. The chips don’t go mouldly like softwood or bark. We have a deep bed of woodchips in our 6x8 converted greenhouse run. We water the chips once a month with poultry disinfectant and sprinkle ground sanitizer once a week when we rake the chips over. The poo just disappears and the run doesn’t smell We kept 8 bantams in there throughout avian flu restrictions and they only smell was from the poo trays
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  15. What a lovely pair 🥰
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  16. It’s all a rather one way love affair here too. Red tries with all his might, but often can only count on being bitten, pounced on and chased. The poor lad. In the photo Flo was trying to bite his paws, but I wouldn’t let her until she gave up and went to sleep. She’s a real madam and isn’t afraid to use her teeth to tell the world she doesn’t appreciate something. Very independent, but will come and sleep on my lap every night after dinner.
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  17. She is so gorgeous! She really reminds me of our little girl, they don't look remotely similar in colour/markings, but there is something about Flo's almond eyes, they are just like our Fig, although Fig would never be showing her tummy to the outside world, in case the outside world took advantage and she absolutely would never be lying next to anybody else, she hisses when any cat gets remotely close!
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  18. Maybe try something else than woodshavings. I use wood chips in mine, other use aubiose. I have used a hand of hay in a case of a very nervous layer, with some succes. are they very young hens? They might just need to get used to things.
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  19. The light levels didn't work well for me either - it closed far too early no matter what setting I used which locked some of my girls out, and opened too late causing them to get restless locked inside the cube. To make matters worse the controller has an inbuilt time delay of 20 minutes to ensure changes due to cloud/etc due not cause the door to inadvertently trigger - the time setting you can make on the controller is in ADDITION to that 20 minutes. Time settings don't work for me as our winter and summer daylight hours change quite drastically here in Australia so I'd be forever changing them. Overall the controller just didn't work well for me. Not that it helps you, but my solution was to hotwire the controller into my home automation system so I can more intelligently control the door. I'm factoring actual sunlight lux levels from the weather station on my roof, movement in the coop, AND time of day (not actual time but whether it is sunrise, sunset, day, night, etc). This has meant my door reacts precisely when it should and I've not had a single incident since 😀 I plan to write an article on it in the next couple of months 👍
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  20. Flo the poltergeist doesn’t always “help” either… 😂
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  21. That’s probably OK. Intermittently through the day is not normal but if that was just the once then hopefully it’s OK now. As you say, maybe for some reason it was just really hungry.
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  22. 28 here in mid Cornwall today so very warm but nowhere near as hot as some places. My gang are coping well so far - they had some frozen peas in water this afternoon but then my oldest girl Amy was sunbathing so what ya gonna do?! She’s such a sun worshipper. I spent the morning at my happy place
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  23. Hope you get lots of hoglets!!!!!
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  24. The Dogmother sells it on her website but don’t forget it isn’t licensed for use on poultry. https://www.claretaylor.com/product-page/harkers-harka-mectin-ivermectin-spot-on-0-35
    1 point
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