Jump to content

WingingIt

Members
  • Content Count

    20
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

1 Neutral

About WingingIt

  • Rank
    Chicken Eggspert

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264777808747
  2. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264777801860
  3. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264777790394
  4. Lavender sounds a bit nicer all around! I did wash out the coop a couple of days later to rid it of the chip shop smell... we have an Omlet coop so it wiped away quickly, but i'm not sure it would be so easy to ditch the stink with a wooden coop!
  5. It was a slight variation on that - I separated my big bully girl (good job she's gorgeous) early in the day - she had a fabulous day out in the garden out of sight of the other girls (my dog - who was not allowed outside as a result, was livid) and gave her a nesting box to go to roost in. It's not a safe enough box to have separated her for long - we have local foxes! Then I went and scooped her out of there at about 9pm and popped her into the coop with the other sleepy pair, and sprinkled a little of the vinegar solution over three indignant girls. I hung on nearby listening and they settled back down to silence and stillness within a couple of minutes. It was bliss thereafter. I was a real sceptic but I cannot credit the change to anything else! These are my two remaining handsome girls... Dotty on the left was my bully while Blue on the right was half bald with bullying.
  6. Thank you Beantree and Dogmother! I don't live near the Cotsolds, I just rang them for advice... and yes it was the vinegar trick! I had tried absolutely everything else recommended here and elsewhere and was ringing C.C. for a permanent bit for my biggest bully when they told me to try the vinegar thing first. I was astounded! My local supplier of young hens is probably a bit thin on the ground at the moment because everyone went chicken mad when this social meltdown started... but normally he is well stocked. I will leave my two as they are as long as they still seem happy then - but will be on standby to act! Thanks again both!
  7. After months of struggling to get my little flock of 3 to get along, an old pigeon-keepers' trick courtesy of Cotswold Chickens did the job and since Xmas we have enjoyed a blissful trio of happy, funny girls. Disaster struck this week when our sweet Goldie died, leaving only 2 girls in the flock. Happy mothers day I had initially thought that I might expand the flock in a couple of years time, taking on another couple of POL girls when this gang got a little long in the tooth for laying. Now not sure if I should be sticking with that or if the dynamics of just 2 girls means I should bring that plan forward...? Not to jinx things but so far the remaining 2 ladies are getting on fine as a duo. anyone got any experience of a teeny flock?
  8. I've tried again with the Omlet bumpa bits - soaking in boiling water first meant that a couple survived the process! The two worst offenders are now bitted and unlike last time so far they have not yet managed to snap them off. Is it true that I can only leave these on for 2 weeks? I can't see that being nearly long enough given how many relapses these girls have had on the feather picking front Does anyone know of anything similar that can be used longer term? Chicken peepers worked briefly but my chief bully worked out how to navigate without forward vision within the month... PS I disregarded the Omlet advice on space following the replies to my initial posts and the girls have had a very large area for over a month
  9. UPDATE/FURTHER CRY FOR HELP: After a month or so of living in relative harmony in this newly large space, I went out this weekend to find that all the girls are missing feathers. The original bully is least scathed, the original picked on girl most so. No blood that I can see - YET - but they look a bloody mess with big bald patches. Bald legs, bald around tail, etc. My partner has been away all week and I only see them in semi darkness at either end of the day (long work hours) so I'm not sure how many days this has been going on. The weather has been terrible altho they have significant covered areas (the original run is almost entirely sheltered). We tried to fit a bumpa bit on the most pecky one a few weeks ago - we went through 4 before giving up. Either they snapped going on, or she snapped them herself within seconds. And yes, we watched the videos. The run is also filled with a frankly comic amount of 'enrichment' stuff to explore. I am back at my wits end, and totally baffled as to why keeping chickens is proving to be this stressful - we are not new to keeping animals and have 4 other pets inside the house who are incredibly low maintenance by comparison, despite being much more needy on paper. I have borrowed anti pecking spray from my neighbour and essentially drowned them all in it but this was not long before bedtime so effectiveness has yet to be ascertained. Anyone got a top tip for a good one? Or literally any tips at all beyond effectively renting a football pitch with round the clock entertainment to keep them on? I am all out of energy and ideas with these ladies.
  10. 'Blast' earlier was supposed to say blasé! Unfortunately there's still a bit of pecking going on from Dotty to Blue (Goldie just stays out of it) but it's less intense and hopefully the bumpa bits will arrive soon 🀞 There's no way we can stretch financially to the Omlet walk in run, particularly at that size (and having seen rats merrily skip through the Go Up wiring I would rather have something tighter wired!!) but we will think of something! It's nice to see them with so much room
  11. The run is a Go Up with 2 additional 1m run extensions on the fitted Go Up run - I sent pics and measurements to the ex batt rescue and the place I got these girls and they were all very blast about me putting 3 hens in... I naively believed them! We have temporarily extended the space as you can see but we will save up for a more permanent solution - maybe just a better outer fence!! They already have x2 water and x2 feeding stations already but I will look into the tonic! Thanks for the tip 😊
  12. Thanks everyone for the tips! As mentioned they can't be fully free range here - too many dangers including my lurcher and foxes. I appreciate the suggestions on smaller hens, but given that I've already got the girls I've got, that's what I'm having to work with πŸ˜• Maybe the next generation can be bantams! I've put chicken peepers on Dotty (have ordered bumper bits but needed something for the short term until they are delivered and that's all I could get locally). She was cross for a min or two but now seems totally relaxed and the pecking has stopped. Thanks for the offer of help Dogmother! Unfortunately we're over near Cambridge. Today we've fenced off a large area around the run with temporary garden fencing - not fox resistant but they seem happier and we will just have to try to manage the risks as best we can until we can afford a more permanent solution 😬 my neighbours cats are hunters too but I've no clue if a cat would go for my girls? They are quite stout ladies so I hope they will not be seen as cat-prey... 🀞 For now it's nice to have the situation vaguely in hand, chilled girls, and to be able to walk among them πŸ’“ we really love these fluffy monsters so I'm hoping we can make it work... PS excuse Blue's violet rump - she is a multi coloured lady at the min for her own good!
  13. Thanks everyone. I'm definitely waking up to the fact that I've listened to the wrong advice which was foolish... altho in the short term I don't know where that leaves me! At the moment I have a clearly p*ssed off Dotty patrolling her own mini run and 2 confused girls in the main one. Options in the immediate future either seem to be to risk the foxes and allow some free ranging when I'm not here to supervise or to try to rehome one of the chickens (which I'm not sure how to do safely)... feels like a bit of a rock and a hard place! If I allow some free ranging then I'm also not sure how to safely handle Dot's interactions with Blue in the coming days as I'm assuming the bullying won't just stop immediately - I was considering a 'bumpa bit' or equivalent but I have no idea if those are a) cruel or b) effective. Anyone know? My dog is delighted as for once he is my best behaved pet πŸ˜‡
  14. We followed guidance on the Omlet site, and from ex batt rescue, on space per chicken in a run. Seems we were misled, which is an extra blow. We have space for 2 rather than three by the sounds of it.
  15. Hello, Desperate cry for help here. Having dreamed of having chickens for years , reading every book and blog post and trying to be prepared, we finally moved to a place with a bigger garden and were able to take on 3 ex batts in a Go up with double extended run. We can't have free range due to daytime foxes (among other factors) - all chickens in the area are penned in as many neighbours have had flocks wiped out. The first trio of ex batts fatally wounded one of their number during one day when we were at work, after a few weeks of no issues, then the dominant bird turned on the next remaining one in line and we had to separate them - the rescue asked us to bring them back for rehoming in a larger flock and sent us home with a new trio. Then the second trio attacked one of their number a couple of weeks in. We managed to separate in time. The rescue asked us to bring them all back... and we very miserably gave up on making ex batts happy. Having stared at the empty run for a while, and taken some more independent advice, a few weeks ago we took on 3 POL girls - a bluebelle, speckledy and nera. Having lived in docile harmony for the past month the speckledy (Dotty) has now turned on the bluebelle (Blue). The pecking is relentless and savage - Blue has a bare bleeding back and the violet spray hasnt helped much. I have separated Dotty in a little day run that we sometimes put them in at the weekend, leaving just Blue and the nera (Goldie) in the run, but I am genuinely at my wits end. I am not naive about pets being easy - we are big on animal rescue and have fostered and adopted multiple challenging animals, but I'm new to chickens and have been totally flabbergasted by these levels of bullying. Not to put too fine a point on it I am ready to give up - it is so bloody upsetting and stressful (for the birds and the humans!). We have a 10yo boy who is gutted about the whole thing which is a killer too. For context the run is full of enrichment and we swap new things in and out all the time. Multiple feeding and water stations, dust bath, spinning CD mirrors, peck toys, fresh and dry food, perches. The pecking today was going on even as they were investigating new things. We had been considering building a bigger run before all this started but we can't afford that this month and to be honest I dont want to invest time and money in this dream structure only to have to tear it down again if it all fails anyway. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am half thinking of trying to rehome Dotty and just keeping Blue and Goldie, but I'm not sure if that is a good idea for Dotty OR the other two. Has this happened to anyone else?? I feel like we and our chickens are cursed! Really hoping someone can help - when I read the forums I hear people being fed up about poo and cleaning out etc but I love all the chicken care stuff! It's just the fighting that's finishing me off Thank you

×
×
  • Create New...