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  1. Oh I'm so sorry to hear. You did everything you could for her xx ❤
  2. Hi how is your hen doing?
  3. Just thought would give an update. We tried a little hay which they seemed to like but I have found it just gets so damp with their droppings so have gone back to Arboise. Have bought another nest box, which not one of them seems interested in! I've popped a few rubber eggs in so they get the hint...but they are not the least bit interested 🙄🤣. Have just made my Go and run secure again so think may try her in that for a little while. Maybe she is struggling as I think she is bottom of the pecking. Though isn't showing any signs of injury. She just constantly seems stressed. (Have popped some of the Vitamin stuff in the water) If i take her out for a few days and then pop her back in is it likely to make being bottom of the packing order worse for her do you think?
  4. I have a go with 3m run. Do you mean at the end?
  5. With my hen I would gently open the beak and slowly squeeze some in. Very carefully though but could start to gauge how much she could happily take. I also found that after just a little bit she sort of got the taste for it so would hold the bowl up to her for her to take some herself. Didnt always go to plan so.would take some patience. Great news she made it through the night . Let's hope another good night and gaining a little strength.
  6. Sorry to hear about your chicken. I hand fed a poorly one last winter with warm porridge and sweetcorn (through an old calpol syringe) seemed to give her some strength. Maybe worth a try? I hope she sees through the night to a new morning x
  7. Oooh we have hay! I shall try, and another nest box and then last resort give her some time out! Thanks so much
  8. Thanks so much for your replies. I think she is a Vorwerk. You make a good point Cattails in that this hen is taking all my love of having them away. I hear her when I wake up and throughout the day. I'm worried she will give herself a heart attack all the ferocious pacing she does. I have a cube so plenty of space for more than one hen to lay buy none of them will do in if occupied. Its interesting about that maybe she has seen another place better to lay. I posted a few weeks ago about confused hens! Short story I lifted two of the hens out the back of the cube whilst I was cleaning (this hen is one of those two) and now when every they free range these two hens try to get back in via the back of the cube jumping up at it rather than the open door. Maybe her complete hen GPS needs a reboot.? She is always the last to go back in and I dread letting them all out as she is just trouble. Either jumping up the back of the cube to get in or just running around squawking until we finally get hold of her. Which recently isn't easily done. I have no doubt she will one night refuse to go in and meet a fox related end. I may look for another nesting box inside the run. Thats a good idea. They have 3x2 lo rise run as well as 4m of cube run so plenty of space. She is just never happy 🙄
  9. I have one hen who shall we say is highly strung and very skittish. Never been able to hold her or even go near her. The others we have are all friendly souls. She increasingly spends time pacing up and down the side of the run squawking and running up and down the ladders into the coop to aappear back out again a few moments later. Initially I thought it was just the morning I was noticing it, and assumed she was going to lay. But its throughout the day. I also wondered if she could be broody but its gone on nnonsense the summer. My question is I have a spare Go and 3m run that I was thinking of putting her in just to see if this helps to calm her down for a bit. I'm worried that if I do that and she is already of a nervous disposition this may make her even more highly strung. And then when I pop her back into the main run would she get picked on? I know there are lots of experienced people on here and wondered what you thought. When she is pacing and squawking the other hens are just pottering around her quite happy eating, scratching around and just doing what chickens do!
  10. Meant to say on the topic above about connecting a MK1 run to a.low rise omlet run I would say is the Omlet Low rise I have s 2 panels wide. The Mk1 run is wider than one section but smaller than the two.so whilst it connects great height wise with cable ties you do have the run with a small section that is covered by one of the panels of the low rise. Gosh not even sure that makes sense!!!! My Low rise is 2 panels wide Mk1 run is probably 1.5 panels wide Ha ha probably confused you! But if you want a pic let me know!!
  11. Thats interesting. I only have the low level/low rise and never found a birds in it...well only once when the door was open! The gauge size is quite small, was it a baby bird? have about 15cm covered all the way round at the bottom to keep the wood chip/amboise in. So maybe that deters?
  12. Not sure if this was sorted. I have a Mk1 cube and 3 metre run. I Have attached it to a low level Omlet run (woild be a walk in run if I had bought higher...hope that makes sense!!) As the posters above have said you can do anything with cable ties!! Mine has connected lovely with no extra bits needed. A little push down on top of Cube run to make it flush but has holded lovely for last 12 months.
  13. Thanks...just a complete mystery. Espacially as its one of the oldest hens we have and one we have had for a year. Both carried out the back and now both confused. Hope it sorts itself out!
  14. Help! The other day I was cleaning out the cube. Door of run open so chickens wandering out and around the garden. Then two of the hens appeared on the step of the cube and came in whilst I was cleaning. after a little chat I lifted them out of the back of the cube into the garden. Now those two hens when they have been out in the garden now try to get back in via the back of the cube and not the run door that is open...I've confused them? But why?? The other night they were out and it was dusk and they were jumping to try and get in the back....when the other two merrily walked in the door. Why?? 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣🤷🏻‍♀️🤣🤷🏻‍♀️🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ This morning they are all.out and about wandering round the garden and one of them making such a racket because she wants to lay but doesn't know how to get back into the run? The door is open and they have all been in and out eating. I've lifted her in and she ran straight away and up the steps of the cube to lay! The other one has been out in the garden went back in to lay and now is pacing up and down confused of how to find the door to get out? How do I unconfuse those two hens? I've tried in and out with treats and they are fine. But when they are on their own they've forgotten what to do. They are not new hens and have been living in their coop and run for over a year. Anyone know how to reset their SATNAV?!

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