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  1. Sara_PC

    HENTRONIX

    We have a Hentronix too and love it! Wish we had got one earlier.
  2. Hiya Luvachicken only just seen this! I'm really sorry but I'm going to have to drop out of this swap - was really looking forward to it but I'm sooo busy at the moment I'm worried I won't have time to do anything justice!
  3. Yeah I know that some boys will have been culled anyway but I'm guessing the breeder will have sold some or kept some back for breeding too. I just don't want to have the responsibility of selling them if I do end up with some. I would love to keep cockerels too but...neighbours! Let's all live on a remote chicken island where they can't bother anyone
  4. Hmm that's a good idea but I don't think we have anything like that here. I also hate the waste of killing boys so it's something I'd rather avoid, but I know that's all part and parcel of the chicken industry I think it's really unethical but I suppose I need to get over that or just keep ex-bats (which are lovely too). I wish you could just tell which ones were boys while they are early on in the egg!
  5. So we are looking to add 2-3 more hens to our existing flock and we have decided we definitely want Araucanas and Barnevelders, but then we discovered Campines which are beautiful and lay cream eggs (we want to try and get a variety of colours). We've found a breeder of Campines that we like the look of. However we are struggling to find a breeder that will sell pullets. Most sell hatching eggs or unsexed chicks which is tricky for us as we can't keep the cockerels and couldn't bear to 'dispatch' the boys There don't seem to be many keeers of Campine chickens out there. So I suppose my question is - if we were to get chicks and ended up with cockerels, how hard/easy do you think they would be to rehome? We have been in this situation before with CLB cockerels and they were difficult to find homes for, as I know is the case for all cockerels. Do you think it would be easier to rehome Campine cockerels as they are rarer than most chickens? Also if anybody does know a breeder of silver Campines please let me know as we are desperate to get one! Here's a picture of a Campine because they are sooo pretty!
  6. Looks excellent! It being raised up will keep the base bedding nice and dry too. Out of curiosity how long/wide is it? We have a 16ft x 4.5ft run and a rescue told us that was only suitable for 3 hens! But I notice you have quite a few hens in and it seems really spacious still.
  7. Looks very cosy for them! The cube looks like it fits on perfectly. How did you fit it? Cable ties? Strange that Eglu said it can't be done!
  8. So I officially completed our WIR and Eglu set up which we started last November. I would love to see other people's WIR setups - I got a lot of ideas for this one from the old WIR photo thread, it was so lovely to see everyone's creative DIY adventures and how people had solved problems such as connecting the Eglu to a wooden run. We made it all from scratch with the help of my lovely FIL. It's about 17ft long and 4.5 ft wide. It cost us more than we initially thought - about £400 but worth every penny. It has a 1ft internal wire skirt as protection from digging foxes which is pegged down with plastic ground pegs so they don't rust. The gutter leads to a water butt with a gravity fed drip-line waterer for the back border of the garden which gets very dry. We also got a Hentronix door opener which we LOVE. The Aubiose bedding is amazing - it looks a bit messy at the moment as it has some old bark chippings mixed in which is what the hens were on previously. Future plans are to add some fairylights using the Hentronix battery and possibly a little shelf level that they can sit (and probably poop) on. The ladies love it. Unfortunately my original beautiful trio of ladies only got to enjoy it for a few months before the fox attack But Rita and Megatron seem to be enjoying it and they deserve the best after living the first 70 weeks of their life inside. Excuse the garden mess - the wheelbarrow and blue tarp are covering up the summer veg patch and we are having the patio re-laid. We've had kerb stones around the coop which makes it look really neat and keeps all of the decorative woodchip in place. Enjoy! Please share photos of your set-ups and WIR's for inspiration!
  9. Blue or teal if we're being really specific!
  10. That's exactly how I cleaned mine! I tried Aubiose in the nest box dip but they pooed in it a lot...I used to have to clean it every day.
  11. I've found that the straw never stays in the nest box in the Go Up either - it needs to have a little wall around it to keep it in. I've tried putting a small washing up bowl in there which worked well, but one chicken would roost on the side of it and poop in the next box. Other people have used little trugs in there to keep the straw in. I've tried fixing two washing up bowls together to create and enclosed next box - I've got a post about it somewhere - and that has worked the best so far.
  12. Sara_PC

    Retainers after Braces?

    I had a retainer at night that I was supposed to wear ‘for life’. I was a teenager and didn’t - my teeth moved back quickly and now they are crooked again I would wear it religiously now but as a teen I wasn’t very good at remembering things like that. I would have much preferred the fixed wire so my teeth were kept in place.
  13. Yeah I tried that but it doesn’t quite fit in that way due to the shape. I’m going to put a piece of plastic over the dip in the roosting bars so it can sit flat and turn around then hopefully they will go in.
  14. Sara_PC

    Scardy hens

    I think they liked the spaghetti because I wiggled it around like a worm! Mine haven’t touch sweet corn yet either!
  15. Sara_PC

    Where have the WIR photos gone?

    I have just completed our WIR too, minus a bit of painting here and there. Maybe we should start another inspiration post so we can all share pictures?

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