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  1. 3 hours ago, Avid-Myrtle said:

    Sorry everyone! we had a tap cover over it when it was very cold to stop the motor from freezing as we were a bit worried. Hope that helps

    So you do mean a cover for an outside water tap? Do you have a picture of it, please, or a link to one?

  2. If it lasts longer than a week I'd go and see my GP in case it's an inner ear thing.

    I love being on boats and I've only had mal-de-mer three times; once crossing to Ireland from Holyhead when it was very rough, once on a glass bottom boat in Florida and once on a coach in the Dominican Republic. I never actually vomited and it stopped as soon as I put my feet on the ground. I sometimes get the moving sensation in bed if I've been on a long train journey but it never lasts very long.

  3. It's all part of establishing the pecking order and it can be distressing to watch them being bullied. Follow CatT's advice and everything should settle down reasonably quickly. If you don't already have some, buy some Gentian Antiseptic Spray for them in case the bully draws blood. As well as being an antiseptic it will stop the others from pecking at the redness.

  4. 3 hours ago, Daphne said:

    Have you all seen bee flies - flies which look like bees?  They have a long proboscis, and are quite noisy with a tendency to hover, they are often a ginger colour and quite appealing!


    Yes! A couple of years ago I was watching a couple of them hovering over our lawn. They're really quite cute.

  5. Aaaand Winnie is broody again! It seems like it's a monthly thing with her as it's happened in April, May and now June. I hope this time it's a full-blown broody session so that she gets over it properly.

    I found Doris standing actually astride Winnie in the nesting area of the coop! It was like she was telling Winnie to move because she needed to lay, so Winnie is now in the broody pen which DH hates because he's such a softy and hates seeing her on her own and unhappy at not being able to brood! :lol:

  6. Thanks, Stepnout. Winnie started the squatting long after she started laying - she's two years old. I don't have to touch her, just walk past her and she squats!  The other two are laying but don't squat and they're just over one year old. The weird and wonderful way of hens!

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  7. 11 hours ago, AndyRoo said:

    Yup. Perfectly normal, she just thinks you want to get frisky with her! lol

    Mine do it all the time. I've no idea whether it's true or not, but I was told that if you stroke their backs when they do it, it encourages them to lay because they think they're going to be hatching chicks. I can only assume hens aren't that smart when it comes to the birds and the bees. lol

    :lol: I always give her a cuddle when she does it and that's as frisky as I'm going to get with her! :lol:

  8. 13 hours ago, Natspringy said:

    We have a cube and WIR but when home our girls are out with us, usually under the kitchen table 😂 or on the sofa! They are very spoilt girls 😂


    Our girls only come in the house if I carry them but I don't have them in for long in case they poop. How do you deal with the poopy mess on your sofa?!

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