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  1. Hi Im fairly new to keeping hens but absolutely loving it. Wanted some advice about feeding as I just fill their feeder when empty and it hangs on the side of the run all day. I take it in at night to avoid attracting pests. Should you put a certain amount out for hens and then take it in each day when finished at a certain time rather than having food available all day? And then possibly giving them a treat late afternoon. They have been free ranging for most of the day bit just moved into a permanent walk in run today. Also on the poo front I have a white hen who constantly seems to have runny poo. Not sure if this just shows up more because she is white but her back feathers are always dirty. I have given her a couple of baths and then today her back feathers are stained with black poo. Not sure if she is poorly? She hasnt eaten anything like berries that would turn it this colour.
  2. Beginning I meant!
  3. Hi thanks for the replies amd advice. Forgot to add I wormed them at the begonning of May. Should I do it again do you think?
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    Seems as if i need to up my game obsession wise... 🤣 Just come in from building a walk in run....be thinking about runs 24/7 since the ladies arrived and realised the Eglu run wasnt big enough. I managed to convince current husband to help and pay! He has given our three ladies a wide birth since they arrived but heard him talk to one earlier....he is slowing thawing!! 🐔🐔🐔😍
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    Vaccine question

    Hi Alis girls, I am not sure if all chickens are the same (im new to this!) but I had this come with my three.
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    Hi Im new! Not long moved to a house with my dream garden so chickens are now in place! Always been a dream of mine growing up as a city girl, but have the love of the great outdoors in my genes. We have three chickens in a gifted Go with a 3m run. They free range most of the day and just about to get them a larger permanent run. I would never have bought an Eglu as seemed such a lot of money but am now a convert and wouldnt think twice about buying another if I need to. Im enjoying having chickens, becoming slightly obsessed if im honest 😂 reading here I sense this is normal?!
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    Omlet auto door reviews

    Oh thats good to hear! They are expensive so needed a bit of reassurance before I parted with my money! I take my food and water out of their run at night. Just thinking how would the hens be if the door opens and there isnt anything there for them? Would they be noisy until i arrive with breakfast or just scratch around? I notice they do all run out when i open the door to the food and water straight away.
  8. Is it sold as seen here or will it be cleaned?
  9. Do chickens prefer a long run or a square /rectangle run? I have the option of extending my Go Up run so it is 6m long. Am just watching my hens (who currently free range for 5-6 hours a day) and wondering on those rainy days when they wont come out would a long and thin run be boring for them? Or is it best to give them some kind of square/rectangle run so they have 6m in total but a differnet shape to mooch about in? Or does the shape really not matter to a hen?! 🤔😀
  10. Thanks for replies, have settled (and convinced hubbie) on adding a 3x2 lo rise run when Omlet has some kind of offer on (which I am hoping is soon🤞) We have low hedges either side of our garden so would struggle with anything higher than about 5ft. They have a lovely amount of free ranging space and time but I worry about foxes, as we back onto a field, and we really need to give them a secure space for rainy days and mondays!
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    Omlet auto door reviews

    Hi Luvachicken how are you getting on with the door? Was it worth the money?
  12. I have 3 hens. We have a Go and a 3m run. They free range all day within Omlet fencing giving them an area of about 7mx4m. I want to make them a permanent run to protect from Mr Fox and plenty of room as their current run is too cramped for them. Something around 5 x 3 and preferably wooden. I have a low hedge both sides of my garden so cant really have a typical height walk in run. I know Omlet do the Low Rise but I think this is a little too low as I want to put some perches in. The ideal would be a height in between omlets full height and lo rise run. Ive trawled the internet and cant seem to find any wooden type runs of this height. Ive even looked at dog kennels and runs but they dont seem to be open enough for the hens. Has anyone built their own or bought one they could share a picture with me? Not sure if I am looking for something that doesnt exist?! Many thanks for any advice
  13. Based in the Midlands but willing to travel. Thank you
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    Low level walk in run any size wanted

    Thank you Dolly your run is beautiful!!! I love it 😍though it is a little too high for me which is a real shame. I have low hedges either side in my garden so need something a little shorter. Thanks Dogmother thanks for the details I shall take a look.
  15. thanks so much for the replies and the link! Lots of lovely pictures there for inspiration. I may need to find a hand man I think for something, will definitely post a picture! @Patricia W do you know how bit the run is?
  16. https://www.omlet.co.uk/shop/chicken_keeping/chicken_keeping_spares/14985/eglu_go_extra_security_brackets/?rf=0cb2b89fa7a6fee7baf5afcb4e563985 I saw these in the spares section of the website. Not sure if these would work or where they fit onto but could be a help? As previously mentioned i would contact Omlet directly. I do find them helpful.
  17. thanks for the replies have three hens. Currently with a Go and a 3m covered run. They free range for a lot of the day fenced into quite a large area probably about 7x4. Its the run time thinking about and whilst I haven't had them long have noticed on rainy days (and Mondays!) they dont come out of the run. Maybe adding a 2x2 lo rise on the end may be a good idea.
  18. thanks for your reply Beantree, I may extend a little for the summer/Autumn and then when winter comes to extend by adding on a low rise 2x2 run. Thanks for the advice.
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    Wanted - Chicken Swing

    There is one on ebay at the moment! Popped up a couple of hours ago at a good price too
  20. Hi everyone Omlet have a few panels half price at the moment in the spares shop. Does anyone know if the panels are the same size that you buy seperately as you would get if you bought the one metre extension pack? For example the extension pack contains left extension panel is this the same as the Go run panel side? Currently £10. Also the pack contains roof pieces of front run and rear run. Are these the same as Go run panel top front large and top panel mid medium? Both £10. Being half price at the moment I am looking to see if I can add a metre or two onto my run as it seems a more cost effective way of an extension with the current sale. I have had a look through the extension instructions but it doesnt give the panel measurements. Thanks for any help
  21. Ha ha £20 is £20!!! Could feed my family for a week 🤣 An extension kit it is..
  22. Hi Lewis thanks for the reply. Let me see if I can add some pictures? *fingers crossed* With them being half price at the moment it could be (if they fit of course) an economical way of getting an extension on the run, saves £20. But Im not sure whether with the angle of the Go run at the end which end pieces would fit. Seeing the return policy is a good way of approaching it, I will have a check. I suppose ordering their extension pack and the pieces separately and then comparing is another way too (but more hassle!) I have had a look at the original instructions for the Go assembly but can't see the sizes to help figure it out. What do you think? Maybe I should buy the extension pack for ease....(though I am always looking for a bargain me!) Thanks again for your reply.
  23. Hi I have been gifted a rabbit go and 2m run. I have found the roosting bars in the Omlet site so know I need to buy those. I am in two minds whether to get a walk in run (either omlet or another type) and put the Up on a table in it. Otherwise whats the most cost effective way so you think to get the run to fit an Up if I buy the stand? Would it to buy a whole new run or looking on in the spares part of the website is there a way you can buy the panels seperately to make the 2m run become and Up run? Also has anyone ever been creative enough to widen their run with the run panels? Or is it just an easier to buy a low level square run? With the run (either as is or as an up) is it difficult to clean? I am assuming there is no way you can get in from the top on via either ends? Money isnt free flowing like most people so I was trying to work out the best way to spend my money so my hens have a good amount of space and access for me to clean. Thanks for your opinions x
  24. Thank you so much for your help and pictures too. I really appreciate it its has given me lots of useful things to think about. As I have a Go is it preferable to raise it off the ground, would this be better for the hens?