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  1. Really? It's very unusual to see them during the day though isn't it? My husband saw one last year (maybe the same one) taking the same route through our garden but that was early in the morning.


    As was said on the other 'foxy' thread, they are out hunting for food for their young from this time onwards.


    It might be a quick free range tomorrow if it's as freezing and foggy as it was today and I have to be out there with them - brrr!!! Do you think it would help if I put my lurcher out there with them?

  2. Don't think they will be free ranging tomorrow! Got to be cruel to be kind! They usually put themselves to bed (eg go from run into Eglu) when it goes dark so we then go and close the door to keep them warm :)

  3. Just sat peeling some potatoes ready for tea tonight, and saw a fox lolloping through my garden. Although I know he/she will eat my chickens if given half a chance, what a beautiful sight all the same!

  4. Yes, as others have said, it's quite obvious when a rat is getting into the run because small rounded tunnels start to appear on the outside of the Eglu (the rat's entrance) and on the door side of the Eglu, into the run.


    It is easy for them to get through Hemcore/bedding.


    A few weeks ago we saw one at teatime (not dark at that point) sat in the run with the girls - ugh!

  5. It was our 10-year old who named Kochanski - his Dad insisted on showing him his old Red Dwarf videos - which, of course, he loved - and as the only female character is Kochanski, hence 'his' hen got her name :lol:


    Our 12-year old more predictably named his hen 'Ruby' after the Kaiser Chiefs song.


    My niece and nephew are 3 and 5 and said to our younger son "Why did you call your chicken something we can't say??"

  6. We have been taking in the grub at night as we had seen a rat in the Eglu run. It is digging in under the Eglu - easy as the lower sides of the Eglu are curved (design issue??) through the Hemcore/rape bedding.


    It still keeps getting in despite us adding some pieces of chicken wire under the Eglu. My son has just gone to take in the grub bowls and one side is all gnawed away :shameonu: - yuk!


    Does it work to put the Eglu on paving stones?


    Where do you buy rat poison from?

  7. Meet the solution.




    Marvelous company.




    We have a lurcher and 2 cats - think they need to start earning their keep as I looked out of the window at teatime and saw a rat sat on its back legs - the girls were in the run and didn't seem very bothered!


    Think it has taken advantage of all the mole activity around and in the run to get in.


    Mole and Ratty! And the chickens are next to the stream in our garden - but no willows I'm afraid! :D

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