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  1. Just wondering if they are hatching any eggs ? 16 days is a long time to be broody otherwise. If not, you will probably need to put them into separate broody cages for 3 days and 3 nights. Being constantly broody isn't good for them as they don't eat and drink properly and they are also a magnet for mites.
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  2. Would love to take part but husband not great, grown up son waiting on test results which might not be good. Had kitchen flood few months ago and new kitchen going in starting Monday. Have painted most of it but will have bits to do when finished so right now a bit much on my plate as I am the only one able to clear out, shift and lift ! Indoor Bengal cat going to cattery tomorrow for a week so don't have to worry about him - he is the only one! ๐Ÿ˜Š Maybe next time ladies.
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  3. Soapy here, just ahead of the weekend and about to head to Taunton for half term! I had hoped to start Christmas crafting as I have an idea of something to do...wanted to make a few to give as presents....but I haven't had time to get going yet (there are several stages!) so don't want to commit and then either pull out or be under pressure to get it right! Is 1st November the deadline? I may be able to do some stuff the weekend we are back and then see if I can work out how long it will take!
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  4. Pure breed hens often donโ€™t lay through winter and will slow down and stop somewhere during Autumn. Silkies are sketchy layers at the best of times anyway. I wouldnโ€™t worry too much as long as she is still doing her chicken things.
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  5. You have to train them in stages over about two weeks. First start with the feeder fully open and no movement on the treadle. Then partially open with a small amount of movement. Then a bit more until the lid is fully closed. They can be a bit noisy in operation so adding some felt pads under the lid and greasing the mechanism will help. You may have to adjust the balance as well, which you can do using self-adhesive weights which you can buy from a tyre fitter and sticking them under the treadle.
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  6. 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 ยฃ28!! 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. ๐Ÿ™ˆ ๐Ÿ™ˆ ๐Ÿ™ˆ ๐Ÿ˜‚
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