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About Rotherhamgirl

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  1. Day 26 and still broody!

    My husband built a broody cage for her and she was very unhappy, battling to get out. I steeled myself and left her in there, but later had to let her out as she’d managed to knock over her food and make a huge mess. She then behaved quite normally for the rest of the afternoon with the rest of the flock... We’ve put her back in the broody cage overnight, though, as I’m not convinced we’ve cracked it yet. Here she is, having overturned her food. A few seconds before she’d been perched on the water container, looking most inelegant!
  2. Day 26 and still broody!

    Thank you!
  3. Day 26 and still broody!

    Thank you! Do they just poop through the cage or do you take them out once or twice/day?
  4. Day 26 and still broody!

    Thank you. I was hoping to avoid that as it seems a bit cruel, but perhaps it’s the only option now...
  5. Another broody chicken 😬

    One of our hens got broody just before we went on holiday. I was worried the rest would follow her, as that's what happened last year. So we gave her a separate nest (a dog kennel with a mobile nest in it) and I put some wooden eggs in it to encourage her to go back to it. I was just hoping that if she was in a different nest (where she also spent the night) the others wouldn't 'catch' the broodiness and our poor neighbour would only have one broody girl to contend with while we were away. And it worked!! Obviously there's no sure way of knowing if it was separating her that did the trick but I suspect it was.
  6. I have a Cream Legbar/Leghorn cross who has now been very broody for 26 days and is showing no signs of coming off the nest herself. She's not sitting on any eggs. Rather weirdly, she's also laying... Since the 21 days have been and gone I've taken her off the nest several times a day and also locked her out of the nest in the mid afternoon once the others have laid. I've not let her sleep in the nest either, but all to no avail. Does anyone have any ideas? She was 'normally' broody last year and stopped after 21 days. Thanks!!
  7. bald patches behind ears/scaly leg mite

  8. bald patches behind ears/scaly leg mite

    Thanks so much for the advice! I have checked her and not found any other creepy crawlies, but will do so again. Using a toothbrush will be fun, as she's not keen on being held. Ivermectin has an egg withdrawal period, doesn't it? Using it quarterly would mean throwing away an awful lot of eggs every year!! We do have a very good avian vet, so a visit might be in order... We've been treating the other hens with the scaly leg mite spray as well (we only have 4 at the moment) just in case, as I assume it won't do any harm.
  9. Our Aracauna has developed bald patches behind her ears, and I'm wondering why/if I need to do anything about it. She's not molting and is healthy and perky otherwise, apart from having scaly leg mite, which we're treating with scaly leg mite spray. Any help would be appreciated. By the way, has anyone else found that the scaly leg mite spray actually works? I'm loath to have her treated by the vet as I know there would be an egg withdrawal period.
  10. Scaly leg mite - treatment

    Thanks for all the advice!
  11. Scaly leg mite - treatment

    So when you used to Sudocrem, was it obvious that it had had an effect, and do you remember how long you used it for? Thanks!
  12. Scaly leg mite - treatment

    So when you used to Sudocrem, was it obvious that it had had an effect, and do you remember how long you used it for? Thanks!
  13. Scaly leg mite - treatment

    Hello, we have 4 hens, two of which seem to have scaly leg mite. One of them was treated by the vet last year with Ivermectin, which of course meant we couldn't eat her eggs for ages. I've been testing them all at 5 day intervals with Net tex scaly leg for the last month, but there's no obvious improvement. I remember the vet saying that they only recover visibly after the next moult. Do I stop now and hope for the best? They have never appeared ill at all, so it's not as if I can go by their behaviour. I was wondering whether to bathe their legs and brush them to try to get rid of a bit of the crud underneath the scales and then use Vaseline or Sudocrem as I've read online. Or should I just keep on with the spray? I have a photo, but don't know how to post it... any advice really appreciated. They're all laying brilliantly at the moment, so I don't want to consult the vet and end up throwing away loads of lovely eggs!