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  1. Just been out to top up food and water for the hens and there is carnage out there.... Paw prints all over the top the cube, bites on the corners of my plastic run covers (that I have only just had from Omlet ๐Ÿ˜ก) and the wicker protectors I have under the cube are just a pile of sticks. Assuming a visit from Mr Fox in the night. Am impressed though at the cube and Omlet run as they seemed to be persistent and tried at various points of the long run to get in. But its held its ground. I have a cube with 4m run and then a 3x2 low rise. Phew...safe last night and ladies survived! Need to batten down the hatches now so no weak points. I live surrounded by fields and have had chickens for 4 years. I know there are foxes around but have been so lucky that this is the only known encounter we have had.
  2. I watched this and loved the messageโค however I'm not sure about using Santa. It sort of shatters the whole story of Santa....which I suppose it was meant to. Left me confused!
  3. Agree with CatTails I'm struggling to understand too. I've got a Go with a 4m run. Each metre is a different height and shape (apart from last 2m from what I remember. I sort of think you can do anything with a few cable ties and imagination!
  4. Have you seen the lonely Bounty one? As in Bounty chocolates from a Celebrations box? It's funny and my favourite so far. https://youtu.be/WtG-5ni6Zjc
  5. You are right. I forget that. (Thank you for reminding me x)
  6. That's OK Cattrall I'm not sure I was clear. Yes I meant taller! It is surprisingly cheap isn't it MulletHunter. But the same as you I like the lo rise as it doesn't interfere with my lovely view across the garden. But am toying with the idea as I think if I can get I my housekeeping will be a little bit more regular than it currently is!
  7. Ha ha even before I read it I thought they will present OMLET as some middle class fad....and there you go the Daily Mail didn't fail ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคฃ
  8. I have an omlet lo rise 3x2. Wondered if anyone had bought the parts to extended upwards to a walk in? I realise may need extra mesh to protect from birds. Thanks
  9. Thank you. Been so frustrating for so long and broken eggs have been horrid to deal with constantly. That's if there were any of them left. Haven't enjoyed chicken keeping lately as couldn't see an end (and had a high maintenance other hen too) but clean coop and eggs makes for a happy me! Thanks for messages and support (on other posts too) really makes a difference xx PS I realise it doesn't look great or even comfy. But will keep it like that for a little while and try and transition back to a cosy nest box again at some point. Hopefully egg eating will stop ๐Ÿคž (and the rollaway continues to work.....)
  10. I'm happy to say it's worked....(so far!) 4 eggs the last 3 days and none eaten.... So happy and relieved and the nest area smells fresh for once! It hadn't for months.... Here is a pic of my makeshift roll away... Ther risk another large plastic type box thats popped in from the front that the eggs can roll away underneath and the hens can't get too.
  11. I have a hen of this colouring. She was classed as a Sussex Blue when I bought her. She lays a light brown egg, so wonder as mentioned they are crossed with something to get the blue? She is the chunkier of all of my hens! In fact she is a big gal! But clumsy ๐Ÿคฃ
  12. Have been reading your tips as discovered a Rat living under my Coop. Saw a hole in the corner where the paving slabs don't cover. I saw it the other day appear on the feeder....huge it was. Anyway got the hose popped in the hole to flush it out and the thing ran out straight away (too quick for me to grab my spade) to the corner of the coop and squeezed out of the run and bounced up the garden...not a run but a bounce....anyway...annoyed now as not sure how long it's been living there. So food and water supply restricted now. Some traps set and hopefully a goodbye to it. So fat....no wonder...eating all of my hens food ๐Ÿ˜ก
  13. Happy to report she isn't so bare now! Feathers growing back....just a very long and slow molt maybe?! Still will rehomw her though! And can do that as she is looking a lot better.
  14. I bought this from ebay. And it is a perfect width for a Cube MK1. I've been a bit creative with pieces of wood and a box to wedge it all in and ensure there is a slope. Will report back and send a pic through of it in place if it works. This morning girls not too happy about laying on it. It's different I know and with it in their space within the nest area has been limited a little. But with months of eggs eating and only getting around 2 eggs a week from 3 hens then they need to get used to it!
  15. Thanks Cat Tails! I have a 4m cube run then 9m squared low rise....so have been spending lots of my brain time thinking how I could do these easily....even thought about cutting holed in the run so the collection box could be outside! ๐Ÿค” Will take the tape measure out and see if I can adapt the cube nesting box in the first instance to have one or two of those nesting trays... Thanks again for your time!
  16. Thanks CatTails I've saved a link to those and need to go out with a tape measure and some imagination!
  17. I seem to remember on this forum someone having the same issue and adapting brackets they bought from B&Q. It's worth a search.
  18. Had anyone successfully managed to adapt a cube to have a roll away egg tray? I have an egg eater....can't work out which one and has been going on for months now. Tried a whole host of things...nothing has worked . Was late collecting eggs today and 3 were gone. Wondering if there was a solution for the cube so once laid the hens can't get to the eggs. Thanks
  19. Thank you both for your replies. It's a but of a mystery as you both have said it isn't sore looking. I have put a request out for anyone local to see if you have space for another hen. Though am nervous to pass on a hen that looks like this! Thanks again for your time.
  20. Hi these are the best pictures I can get of my hen. She started what I thought was a moult quite a while ago...I would estimate back in June. She currently looks like this. I am not sure if it's a moult or whether it's feather pecking by the other hens. It doesn't look sore. It started with her bottom then a bit on her chest. So I thought molt then I thought broody. But her tail currently looks like this and I feel so sorry for her. She has a vitamin boost on her water. Was wormed just 3 weeks ago and isn't showing any other signs of illness. She is laying, every other day and is 18 months old. Does anyone have any advice? For info, she is bottom of the pecking order here, is highly strung, I haven't ever held her or even got near her, she is flighty. I am planning on rehoming her when she is in better condition as she hasn't been happy from day one. She is noisy...now when I say noisy I am not meaning normal hens noises, I mean proper sqwarking....some days for hours. She even has crowed a few times recently. She paces...up and down the side of the run most days....the length of the run is 7m (7 x 3 with 3 hens) ....so not short....pacing and sqwarking.... She takes all the fun out of hen keeping. I cant free range her She would be eaten by a fox within 24 hrs.
  21. I think I was asking to see if it's a permanent change. This hen has become increasingly noisy since end of last year and now with her crowing she is just too much. We live semi rural so not in a city but I find I can't think or work with her constant sqwarking and now her crowing. Our row of houses has trouble with noisy dogs over the way and just think my hen is adding to the stress. They have plenty of space but she just paces constantly to get out. Even when they have a free range area. She manages to fly out. Which is ok and we have a big garden but then she spends the whole time sqwarking and pacing to get back in ๐Ÿ™„ Wondered if the Cockerell noise would be permanent as really would need to to move her on.
  22. Interesting, though she isn't the dominant hen. She is bottom of the pile. Always has been. Its all a bit strange!!!
  23. At first I imagined it..... Heard it again and thought it was a fluke (I'm a tired busy mum) But no definitely a hen that's now crowing like a cockerill! Normal? Will it pass or is this it? She is laying sporadically and tbh has been a problem child for a long time now (thinking of rehoming her) she paces up and down the coop all day...never stopping and sqwarks (and now crows) all the time. I mean not just when laying but all day now. Driving me crazy. Anyone got any experience of this? Oh and she also has a bare bum. Doesn't look sore just lack of feathers.
  24. Hi I thought I would give an update to the trouble at mill post. No 1 hen is currently very poorly. We are unable to get to a vet as we are isolating as two members of our family have tested positive for covid. There isn't anyone we know that could take her either. I have been caring for her the last few days giving her nutrition drops and massaging her crop but nothing is coming out. The crop was the problem last time. This morning I noticed her tummy was very swollen so popped her in a warm bath and massaged her tummy slowly. She fell asleep and some not very nice stuff came out. But not a great deal. I am assuming now she was our egg eater? As when I carried her into the nesting box last night she pecked away at an egg shell. Would eating their eggs make her poorly? Though after googled it could be egg bound And eating eggs due to a calcium deficiency? I have just checked on her again and she is very slowly breathing and not able to stand. Eyes closing. I suppose I have learned now the signs of egg eating and calcium deficiency leading to be egg bound??? I have made her comfortable in her own nest box for the night. But expect she won't make it through. Chicken 4 is still a pain and we haven't managed to catch the rat yet ๐Ÿ˜’ Have said a little prayer for her and she doesn't seem to be in any pain.

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