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  1. 6 points
    My lovely crocheted scarf, thank you so much secret Santa. It will keep me warm especially on my weekly walk with @gahoop.
  2. 6 points
    I forgot to attach the photo.Peter
  3. 5 points
    I’ve seen some really fantastic and thoughtful present s from Secret Santa’s here! I never thought rhythm keeping chickens could have such wonderful results! It’s not just about chickens on this site, it’s also about community. Thank you all for being beautiful people ❤️❤️❤️
  4. 4 points
    Looooooong time since I posted this originally, but the froggos are no longer the size of a thumbnail and are now all about 2" long. I haven't taken many pictures, but I saw one of them was out and about tonight so I snapped a pick of him.
  5. 2 points
    Do you live in a suburban or rural area? The first thing I'd consider is neighbours but also what's your reasoning for wanting one? We hatch most years and cockerels are very noisy, sometimes crowing at 4am in summer. We had a few at home over Christmas, one which was crowing at 6am on Christmas Day, despite it still being pretty dark!
  6. 2 points
    I did, but it didn't help me find out what age the chicks were when I got them, which is what I was after 🙄 They don't really have any combs in the photo I found, so must have been relatively young. As you know, I am no computer person and when photos are on a laptop I never look at them. One year DD and DS wanted to know what they could get for my birthday so we sorted out all the photos from the laptop, they got them printed on Snapfish and gave them to me as my present 😊
  7. 2 points
    £35 each is quite expensive but hopefully worth it - it’s the delivery that’s a bit eye watering isn’t it. Where are you looking Luvachicken - is there a website? Asking for a friend 🤥
  8. 2 points
    Great that you managed to get some hatching eggs! I echo the comments above, have a plan for the boys - I often say don't hatch if you can't dispatch.
  9. 2 points
    With no side effects whatsoever there will be people saying it’s not safe as there are no side effects....
  10. 2 points
    I have a Classic which is attached to an Omlet walk-in run (3 m x 3 m). The ground is covered with very heavy duty grass protector (such as you would find in temporary car parks at stately homes -- it was a real pain to cut to size and my husband almost divorced me over it!) and a thick layer of Auboise on top. The Auboise is about 6 inches deep. (See photo in warmer, dryer days!) The run has a clear plastic cover and sits against a brick wall on one side. Since the winter weather set in, I added plastic tarps to all three other three sides. The door is uncovered. (Although it is currrently netted with small netting because of Avian flu.) The tarps do not fit exactly and so there are gaps at the top which is normally excellent for ventilation. My problem is that at the moment the Auboise is constantly damp. (The wind blows the rain in, and it is probably wicking up from the soil under the grass protector.) This is my first winter with my lovely girls (just two of them) and they are looking a little bedraggled although they seem fine and are laying well. They have a large cat litter tray for a dust bath but it is a far cry from the lovely summer dust baths they made for themselves in the garden and it doesn't seem to stay very dry. So my two questions are: a) Any top tips for dust baths in the winter? Or just give up? b) Do Auboise users switch to anything else in the winter? Would wood chips dry out more quickly? My run needs mucking out (a job for this weekend if it ever stops raining!) but I wondered if it would be best to replace the Auboise, or use something else for the next few months. I'd prefer not to as I think the damp, poo-enriched Aubiose is going to make fantastic compost! Thanks for wise advice, in advance.
  11. 2 points
    But my constant question....,what about the boys? So many unwanted cockerels this year it breaks my heart
  12. 2 points
    Golly, no wonder you would like to hatch your own. That really is a very posh and stunning looking chicken.
  13. 2 points
    Probably caused by Trump!!🙄
  14. 2 points
    When there was a bird flu lockdown a few years ago - and fortunately not a human lockdown then - we drove to Flyte So Fancy in Somerset to get some woodchips and I was amazed at how many people on the way there, had their chickens running around outside. It seemed very unfair that they didn't obey the rules then, and obviously, from what @Columbian just said, some not now either. There are always those that don't care as this human lockdown proves and the bird flu lockdown too.
  15. 2 points
    Moss, weeds, grass, earth, money .... they make it all disappear!
  16. 2 points
    Bit chilly here too - even the sheep were frosty this morning!
  17. 2 points
    IMO all school staff should be vaccinated from the head mistress to kitchen staff. My friend works in NHS hospital canteen - shes on the mend at last but tiredand still has diarrhoea. Sadly her mum of 94 got it but less vicuous. I got my jab at 8.30 on 31st Dec. Achey arm and tired for 10 hours after but so pleased to have had it. My husband wont get it for months. I have told him no shopping - i will do as will eventually get some cover. I woudve gone at 3am in the morning was so keen to get. Hope you get yours too Andy. My aunt is East Midalnds still hasnt heard anything. Why are they so slow? I get really stressed about her as so far away and her cousin has it now. She was really low on Monday and thats not like her shes a stoic old bird. Not like her wimpy niece.
  18. 2 points
    Oooh those are very pretty girls. What a fab idea to get them for New Year. I would still like to get some more but decided it is not fair for the moment on my elderly chook Gemma - she got picked on badly last time I got chicks.
  19. 2 points
    I would have thought they'd be a good flower as they are quite simple and flat, and nice and early. I know Bowles mauve is a perennial, and I think if you keep it trimmed back it won't get too big. You could also try annual wallflowers, they are the same idea, but don't get big and obviously you enjoy them and then bin them, so you could put them in a pot if you wanted. Normally you'd buy them bare rooted in autumn, but I'm sure garden centres will sell plants in flower in Spring (assuming they are open of course!)
  20. 2 points
    She is also our Oracle
  21. 2 points
    If you are using VermX, that’s not worming. VermX is a herbal remedy that is said to make the gut less inviting to worms. But once infected (and they will get infected) it doesn’t get rid of worms. It’s like taping a teabag on a broken leg. Doesn’t do squat. You are best off worming them with medicated pellets, containing Flubenvet. Also once month is overdoing it. Best to either worm them every three months or send in a poo sample to your vet or an online lab every three months to see if they actually need worming.
  22. 1 point
    They are beautiful - I think I need to look for a chicken breeder near me ..
  23. 1 point
    I've never liked honey but love the thought of having some extra bees in the garden. I know you leave some honey for the bees to use for themselves but do you always need to harvest the spare honey. What would you have to do to maintain them or could you just leave them to it ?
  24. 1 point
    I’m with Lewis on this. Maybe a 1:4 ratio works for silkies @ellasflock, but this is certainly not the case for all breeds. See the post of Annabel on her over treading cockerel.
  25. 1 point
    Yay that’s great, good luck, please post photos of the chicks!! happy Hatching 🐣
  26. 1 point
    If you don’t hatch eggs from those hens in future, it will be fine. You might consider it incest, but it won’t lead to hereditary issues as long you don’t breed from her. Don’t think a hen will be very likely to mother chicks she hasn’t hatched herself. So either use her as a broody or hatch and raise the chicks yourself.
  27. 1 point
    It's only because I was very envious of the beautiful space 😊
  28. 1 point
    Have to wait a bit longer. Seller is waiting on the breeder and will have some new chicks in February. Think I will just decide on the day for the second breed, but definitely getting a Barnevelder. He has some cochins (which are pekins) and silkies in stock, but definitely not looking for those!
  29. 1 point
    I’ve done my Dobies and Sarah Raven orders, but my Marshall’s order came to £50 😳 so I’ve left it to come back to in case I can take some things off it!
  30. 1 point
    Well I’ve had them for almost a year now! They settle down fine. Although Gerda is still a scaredy-cat. 😳 Maybe your hens need some self defence classes!
  31. 1 point
    Oh dear, I may have succumbed to ordering more seeds than I meant to. I had already bought some seeds when we were still allowed out but because you ordered some, I ordered some more from a certain Mr Fothergill I bought the bees some more orange Cosmos, some Cornflower, some pink and white Cosmos, a really pretty purple Cosmos and some sunflowers that can grow in pots. I hope the bees will be very happy, once I've grown them all, plus, my little pear tree has arrived too 😊
  32. 1 point
    So sorry to read about the loss of your lovely pussycat @mullethunter. It's hard to lose such an amazing, older pet. Sending you a massive hug xxx
  33. 1 point
    Sadly Pekins rank rather high on the broody scale and I already have Merel doing that... 😅
  34. 1 point
    So sorry to hear @mullethunter. It sounds like she was a real character. It’s always hard to say goodbye to a loved one. Fur or no fur.
  35. 1 point
    Mine are showing always looking to come out of their run and one has become a bully. They have enough room but they are used to free-ranging. My feather-pecker is in a small part of the run shut off from the rest and has been there since the 18th December when she reverted to her bad behaviour. Maybe a long period of enforced separation will do the trick where nothing else has. I don’t like keeping them in as they obviously get stressed; they are also a lot more work. As it is the law I will comply, although I notice that quite a few people are not doing so. I echo your sentiments, Annabel.
  36. 1 point
    Geoid wish you all well. I am the only person apart from 4 GP's in my practice I know who has had vaccine. I hope you all get it soon. Just hope it does the job.
  37. 1 point
    I love the noise they make when they find something really exciting that sounds like a high pitched ‘Look, look, look! Look, look!! Look, look, look!’ 😍
  38. 1 point
    You aren't the only one confused - they change things and move goalposts every five minutes. I expect a tier 101 which consists of padded cells and we all have to be in solitary confinement. You can see I'm a little bit fed up now.
  39. 1 point
    I wouldn't advise keeping bees if you aren't going to take the honey as its quite a faff keeping them in any case, and if you don't take the honey there is a very good chance they will swarm (even more than normal) as they will run out of space quickly. You should give at least about a metre in front of a hive so they can come in and out easily, and if you site the hive entrance facing a wall/fence then the bees are encouraged to fly up (and out of your way). To keep bees successfully you really need to learn how to do it, its not totally straightforward, a good idea is to go on a course as there is a lot to know. You might like to consider getting in touch with your local British Beekeeping Assocation (BBKA) if you wanted to do this and/or ask them if a local beekeeper might be interested in siting a hive in your garden (bit of a longshot, but it might just work) which would give you all the pleasure of bees in the garden and none of the responsibility. In the old days, beekeepers would happily give a new keeper a swarm as the foundation of a colony, but now I think it is more usual to buy a nucleus and build up your own colony that way. Just having an empty hive is unlikely to attract a colony particularly, although you never know! If it was me, and I didn't want to go to the expense of going on a course and buying all the equipment and possibly finding out I didn't like it, then I would concentrate on planting a variety of plants to attract bees, and I would carry on making/buying homes for solitary bees. I'd also spend some time observing bumbles and other solitaries, as they are reasonably distinctive, to try to understand a bit more about what they do/where they like to be. I find them fascinating, and if I was better with a camera, then I'm sure there would be a lot of good photo ops! If you want to attract honey bees, then remember they like flattish 'daisy' type flowers best, like cosmos, and make sure they are a single, or simple variety, not something too double or frilly. The other thing is to plant for a wide season, early and late are particularly important (ivy is a very good winter plant for bees when it forms flowers). The plant in my garden I remember being covered in bees was an ornamental cherry, they also like apple and pear and buddleia. They are also very keen on wild flowers (some might say weeds) such as wild rocket or vipers bugloss (aka echiums. This family attracts all sorts of pollinators, including moths and a wide range of bees). Other ornamentals which spring to mind include gaura, lavender as already mentioned, and agastache. However, no doubt there are thousands more which Google can find!
  40. 1 point
    Thank you everybody 😊 I will have a look into bees then. I did buy a little concrete bee house for the bees but no one moved in. I think it was for the solitary bee or maybe even the Red Mason bee. I also grew orange Cosmos last year and the bees absolutely adored them. I've bought 2 packets of the seed for this year so hopefully more bees will come.
  41. 1 point
    Ooh I’d forgotten I planted a few swedes! I’d better check what they’re up to! I still have a few leeks and parsnips in the ground as well as sprouts. I did have kale but the caterpillars have only just in the last week stopped eating it so it’s pretty bare and for the same reason the sprouting broccoli isn’t looking great. Other beds all need serious tidying. I’ve had 6 seed and plant catalogues in the post in the last 2 days 😁
  42. 1 point
    And just read my earlier pos! I’m just a bit mystified as to what I meant by rhythm keeping chickens!,,,, it might have something to do with the large malt whiskey......or of course it’s just my iPad ‘helping’. 😂😂😂😂
  43. 1 point
    Ooh! Do we have an Easter Secret Santa?
  44. 1 point
    Thank you for your help, will have a look at avian vet online 🙂
  45. 1 point
    That's all good then - I'd wait for the spring and better fertility and egg quality before setting any - but I expect that you have got that covered.
  46. 1 point
    Beautiful gifts! Thank you so much. And gorgeous packaging!
  47. 1 point
    Mullethunter... excellent information and so incredibly helpful. Thank you! Will post some photos!!
  48. 0 points
    The country has gone mad over here... We have a curfew as of Saturday. Everyone needs to stay in from 9 pm to 4:30 am. I’m more than fine with that rule. It’s not like I regularly go out in those hours anyway. But loads of people are protesting. No... rioting! We have riots in loads of cities right now, with people plundering stores and setting stuff on fire. I’m soooo done with people! 🤬
  49. 0 points
    I meant the hybrids Luvachicken. None of the hybrids we have had lived very long, so 6 -18 months is all. They were all 'immunised' with at least three viruses and for the last lot we took in I got a detailed schedule of their treatments, which was a full A4 page of a dozen stages. There have been many reported cases where the stress of a new home caused these viruses to flare up and the birds have died within weeks. Best avoided I think. To add, it's not a practice done here so why the UK does it I don't know?
  50. 0 points
    So cute! Hopefully this year I am getting a proper run built for them so we can get a couple more. Unfortunately we got 'foxed' a few weeks ago and lost a couple, so it'd be nice to build them up to a healthy sized flock again.
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