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  1. Minnie&Moose, Thanks so much for that link. You're right that our chick looks JUST like yours did in the pictures. We shall wait and see. My biggest worry at the moment is the reddening comb I'm heartened by the strawberry blonde side feathers coming in, will wait another few days or a week and post some more pics...! Thanks guys Skye
  2. Thanks all for the replies! The comb is quite strong isn't it H/she seems to have doubled in size in the past few days! Growing lots more caramel feathers flecked with black. The comb has started to look a bit pinker rather than yellow as you suggested, SJP! I will keep watching and hoping!
  3. Hi all Our Wyandotte bantam hatched one wheaten marans egg nearly three weeks ago now. The chick is beautiful and incredibly healthy! Can anyone tell me if we have a boy or a girl here? Thanks in advance.
  4. Thanks guys, that's great advice! So I have gone with Aubiose - I put a feeder and shallow drinker with stones in it inside the Eglu, and a feeder and a drinker outside in the Eglu run. I lifted Poppy off the nest for a poo and some food in the run for the last time. While she was off the nest I gently candled the eggs... they are Marans eggs, so they are dark and hard to tell what is going on... to my inexperienced eye only one of the five seems opaque (i.e. full of chick!) The others seem to have too much clear liquid in to be ready to hatch. If we do only get one live chick from this, will it be ok on its own with Poppy? Will it get lonely? Should I be looking for a couple more very young chicks to try and add to the chick flock? Sorry for the anxiety posts! Skye x
  5. Hello all My broody Wyandotte bantam has been sitting on her eggs for 18 days now - so I'm going to prepare the Eglu Classic she's in today, ready for any chicks she successfully hatches! Throughout the broody period she has just had Aubiose in the nest as usual. I've removed the roosting bars and was planning to put a deep layer of Aubiose all over the floor of the Eglu and fill the nesting box fuller too, so that there aren't any deep drops or steps inside. I was going to build a shallow ramp of Aubiose down into the run as well, for the same reason. Last minute panic though - my HENS don't eat Aubiose, but could the chicks, not knowing what is food yet? And if they did, could it injure/kill them? A bit worried - should I be changing the material to something else that they definitely won't eat? Today is the last day I can move/interfere before 'lock-down', hence the slight panic! Thank you in advance for your advice. Skye
  6. Sorry to hear it. She was so pretty, love the photo you posted of her. RIP Dolly. It does get easier, although always sad skye x
  7. After the sad demise of our Ruby Bumbler last week, we were down to four old-age hens and no eggs, so we took a trip to Hen House Poultry in Maidstone yesterday... came back with these three little darlings: a light sussex hybrid, a barred plymouth rock hybrid and a skyline Any name suggestions gratefully received... struggling with this one... just want to call all three 'darling'! skye x
  8. Having read the FAQ post on impacted crop, I am considering what to do with our Lily. She is currently on Baytril after a soft egg may have led to an infection, but aside from that has a huge crop, even first thing this morning when I checked. The vet suggested that if it didn't go down on its own, she could administer paraffin to get things moving again, but the FAQ on this forum recommends massaging, olive oil and maggots. My question is: reading about the differences between maggots and mealworms online, apparently maggots can transmit salmonella to birds due to having been raised on carrion? Is this correct? I'm also worried that the maggots might eat into my chicken from the inside?!! Could somebody more experienced please shed some light on my questions. I am not sure whether to do nothing for a day or so, to see whether the issue is simply just that her system has become sluggish due to the infection. She is much brighter than she was yesterday so I am hopeful, apart from her bulging crop. Thanks in advance. Skye x
  9. Hello all, Thank you for your supportive replies, and Fiona, your good wishes worked - Roxy is pecking and rolling around in her favourite dust bath as I type - after two weeks of anti-biotics and F10 spray on her rear end, the wound is now almost completely healed, and she is growing feathers in that area again! She has lost a lot of weight, and is now going through a big moult, but otherwise she is very perky, and we are very happy to see her jogging around the garden with her friends again! Thanks for all the support - I must admit the day we found her I thought she was a goner - but she's lived to tell the tale skye x
  10. Thanks Sandy, that's kind. So far so good skye x
  11. Hi chickenopolis, Sorry to hear Dolly hasn't been feeling well. They always seem to do that head twitching thing for all kinds of ailments! Little soul sounds like she was quite poorly, but Baytril is picking her up - that's great! We have one on Baytril as well who has quickly cottoned on to the fact that grapes taste awful when soaked in medicine, so I also had to pin mine down, put my finger between her upper and lower beak to hold it open, and syringe it into her mouth this morning before work! (I don't think either of us were impressed.) I have read somewhere though that you need to be careful when syringing in case it goes into the windpipe – so once I had the syringe in her beak, I just slowly pressed the liquid into her mouth so it just trickled in... got it all to come again this evening again joy! Hope Dolly continues to run around stealing grapes and going from strength to strength skye x
  12. Thank you Egluntyne and Chucky Mama. We have been checking the wound carefully and were pretty sure there have been no more maggots overnight. The vet gave it a further clean but seemed pretty happy with the wound generally and said we had done a good job of getting it clean. On closer inspection, her vent seems healthy, it is the area just above which seemed to have been infested. The vet was more concerned about any underlying problem which may have caused the very dirty bottom, and thinks her tummy and crop seem a bit swollen and slushy. She has administered something to help with a mild impacted crop to see if that will help, and Roxy is also on Baytril to help the wound and any subsequent infection to heal. The vet also sprayed her with the fly spray stuff that kills any remaining eggs, which we may also buy for ourselves for use at home with her. She's bocking about in our kitchen at the moment, a little bit subdued but otherwise not too bad. Fingers crossed that the wound can heal without any complications. And thanks again to this forum for such a valuable source of support and information. skye x
  13. Unfortunately we have just returned from a week's holiday to find one of our Orpingtons looking down in the mouth and with a very dirty bottom. Set up the regular 'chicken spa' for her - warm bath, lots of towels, treats... to find her vent crawling with maggots and, to be honest, half eaten away. We are now spending the afternoon tweezing out any visible maggots and bathing her in saline water to try and drown them (Thanks for the informative FAQ, Egluntine). A trip to the vets first thing in the morning but it's not looking good as a chunk of her behind seems to have 'gone' Luckily she seems calm, we will bathe her again this evening and keep her indoors separate from the others until she can go to the vet. Just shows how quickly it can happen. We are always very vigilant especially with the Orpingtons as they are so feathery and get dirty easily. This time we weren't around to notice as we usually would. skye x
  14. I've just logged on to ask why my 3.5 year old chicken has started crowing as of 5.10am this morning. She has grown big spurs, with claws on the end, not just 'bumps' on the back of her leg too. She is still laying though, albeit occasionally as you'd expect from a three year old chook. I've no idea what I'll do if it carries on as the run is close to the house and only metres from our neighbour's bedroom window. I love our Bella too skye x
  15. Thank you bouldercroft, and I hope your situation calms down. I read your thread, and we were advised to 'chuck them all in together' with our first introduction as well... carnage ensued! After a gentle separation and reintroduction, lasting about two weeks all told, they all accepted each other. Good luck! The bumblers (our collective term for Roxy and Ruby!) spent their first night in the Eglu and one of them has laid an egg in the nesting box. In the meantime our other four in the WIR have seemed very relaxed without the threat of growling and pecking from our over-zealous madams I'll leave things to calm down for a few days at least, then start putting them in with the group one at a time to see how the land lies. One of them has decided to make her disapproval known, and has been shouting and bellowing the place down - I'm cringing as my elderly neighbour is sitting in his summer house just over the fence If anybody has any advice, I would be very glad to hear it. I haven't had a problem with bullying before when they've all known each other for years I think it's because the two bumblers have now fully matured while Dorcas has gone into retirement recently. Thanks skye x
  16. Hello all, Thought I'd post as the usual peace and love which reigns over Skye Towers has been broken, and bullying in the ranks is making us all a little stressed Our two Orpingtons Roxy and Ruby, now coming up to two years old, previously wouldn't say boo to a goose, have become real little madams this springtime. They have taken to bullying the life out of Dorcas, our one remaining retired ex-barn chicken She's an old girl now and I hate seeing it - those Orps have got some weight behind their attacks. I left them to it at first, thinking they'd sort it out, but after a couple of weeks it's still no better. Attentive water-pistol training has made no difference either. Dorcas can escape them in the run by getting on the perch, I've put a grub and glug up there, but I felt it was really spoiling her quality of life. So this evening we've set up the spare next to the main WIR and put the two Orpingtons in it for some time out. Hoping that when they return to the pack after a week or so, their bullying campaign will have been forgotten? One issue which I think might be responsible for some of the upheaval is that Roxy has seemed about to go broody for about three weeks now, without actually tipping over into full broodiness (she's got the angry Bokbok and the spiky feathers, but still laying and generally staying off the nest). Sorry for the verbal download, but those little madams are starting to get me down and just thought I'd share. Has anybody else had any experiences with bullying in the springtime, or with hens teetering on the edge of broodiness without actually turning full-blown broody? Thanks in advance for any contributions. skye x
  17. They are beautiful! Lovely time of year to give ex-batts a home, too Well done. skye x
  18. Hi there, Usually people only electrify netting to protect their chickens from predators, rather than to stop them getting over it. I know the little madams are easily able to jump up onto a 1m fence - that's because it is solid and they can perch on the top on the way over. However, even my most agile girl has never flown over the omlet netting, as it is too flimsy to perch on, and they simply don't try! We have used it often as an effective barrier around tender plants/our veg patch with no harm done They can get their heads through it to peck at whatever is beyond if it is not electrified though, so be careful! Our bald blueberry bushes are testament to this. skye x
  19. Sorry to hear you have lost Ruby, but it sounds as if she has had a long and peaceful retirement with you. skye x
  20. Ohhhh feeling broody! They are gorgeous. They do have 'up do's if you look closely Tweety. Morehens is terrible at this time of year. I'm steeling myself! skye x
  21. We've had a few like this from one of our older girls in the past. They taste completely normal though skye x
  22. All six of ours have been off lay to coincide with their moults since about mid-October. Then our rescue hen started again two weeks ago... and this morning I found in the nest a sight I haven't had for ages... two eggs! Haven't quite worked out who else has started laying again yet though. I remember reading on here recently that somebody had noticed that a week after the shortest day, her hens clicked back into laying mode... I'm hoping that's what's happening with ours! skye x
  23. Ours got a good clean out too this afternoon - run and cube, while they free ranged They've got their own sprout tree for tomorrow as their xmas treat. skye x
  24. My Amber Star Lily LOVES a cuppa! I don't exactly give her her own cup, so to speak, but if I'm having a cup of tea in the garden, she likes to wait til I'm nearly at the bottom of my cup, about half an inch, and it's cooled down... waits for me to tilt the cup so she can get her beak in... then slurps the dregs down like "Ooops, word censored!"ody's business! None of the others are interested, but she loves a cuppa Must have been a builder in a previous life, bless er Don't tell our guests my hen drinks out of our cups skye x

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