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  1. Just a little update (I’ll try to get a photo tomorrow) - it’s working!!! I hate to see her wearing it - she can’t wipe her beak which clearly really annoys her - but her feathers are all regrowing really nicely now. Thank goodness for that!
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  2. I'm happy to say it's worked....(so far!) 4 eggs the last 3 days and none eaten.... So happy and relieved and the nest area smells fresh for once! It hadn't for months.... Here is a pic of my makeshift roll away... Ther risk another large plastic type box thats popped in from the front that the eggs can roll away underneath and the hens can't get too.
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  3. Happy to report she isn't so bare now! Feathers growing back....just a very long and slow molt maybe?! Still will rehomw her though! And can do that as she is looking a lot better.
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  4. I bought this from ebay. And it is a perfect width for a Cube MK1. I've been a bit creative with pieces of wood and a box to wedge it all in and ensure there is a slope. Will report back and send a pic through of it in place if it works. This morning girls not too happy about laying on it. It's different I know and with it in their space within the nest area has been limited a little. But with months of eggs eating and only getting around 2 eggs a week from 3 hens then they need to get used to it!
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  5. Oh go on then!!!! Goodness knows what I’m going to make though!!!
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  6. 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! 😊 Maybe next time ladies.
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  7. 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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  8. Thank you. Been so frustrating for so long and broken eggs have been horrid to deal with constantly. That's if there were any of them left. Haven't enjoyed chicken keeping lately as couldn't see an end (and had a high maintenance other hen too) but clean coop and eggs makes for a happy me! Thanks for messages and support (on other posts too) really makes a difference xx PS I realise it doesn't look great or even comfy. But will keep it like that for a little while and try and transition back to a cosy nest box again at some point. Hopefully egg eating will stop 🤞 (and the rollaway continues to work.....)
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  9. Brilliant!! Well done MamaCoop 😁
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  10. Sorry that things are difficult for some of you to be able to take part Sometimes life and extra expenses get in the way. My sister in Greece has said not to send anything for Christmas as she has to pay duties on whatever it is that comes in - really not fair. @mullethunter I'm glad you have joined us
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  11. Sadly, putting them in the broody cage is the only option. I really don't like doing it as sometimes it is stressful for them and myself, but it has to be done. Sometimes they take slightly longer than the 3 days and nights - the most mine needed was 7.
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  12. Usually the bottom of the pecking order is running about avoiding the others. What you describe is typical of illness, like a heavy worm burden, sour crop or egg bound? What are her poos like? Has she any abdominal swelling? Have you checked her throat for cankers?
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  13. Oh take care B! Hope your OH and son keep well. Joining is 31st I think, but sending isn’t for weeks yet!
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  14. Please let me know how you get on - if your in the UK ebay has the roll away nest box for £17 - I used to have an egg eater but I have 4 old hens that rarely lay an egg so not such a problem at the moment but if I get new girls I think I might start with something like this if it works.
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