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  1. Hi. No they are 4 lovely ISA Browns. The topic relates to all breeds. I was sorry to bring the subject up but I think we should all be aware. Peter
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    -6 Degrees

    The other night it was -6 degrees bu the ladies water was not frozen as about 6 weeks ago I asked some one on the forum how to keep unfrozen water for my ladies, they were kind enough to inform me that there are heater plates I can purchase on line. I looked and they are to expensive as if I start spending money then I would not be rich.So I decided to make a heater box out of an old sweat tin,some insulation from my son and a energy efficient light bulb, wire and thermostat I had in the garage. I was so disappointed that I had to purchase a light fitting £3-00. I put it on the lawn to see what the chicken would think of it. after some time investigating it they give it the thumbs up of approval. (Just a note to say- if you are not happy with electrics then go and purchase one). Happy Peter.
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    So cold,So lazy.

    No. I have made a water heater to do that. I will put it on this site next week. From Peter tucked up in bed.
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    Chilly chook

    If you have electric near by you could put a tube heater or seed tray heater in the coop. Peter
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    So cold,So lazy.

    In the mornings at 8am I get out of bed and dressed in only my under pants I go out side to the fence and pull the cord which opens the coop door then I go back to bed, but this morning it was so cold -6 degrees, I new I could not go on so I set to work on making life easy. I extended the cord into the house so now at 8am I just lean out of bed and pull the cord to led them out. Is that me being lazy or am I a genius. Peter
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    Longer days with a light

    Dear The Dogmother, You said your run is secure and I believe is will be but a lot of people say their run is secure with chicken wire which is not so as chicken wire is for keeping chickens in not foxes out as many people think so. Peter
  7. Yes I agree, I was brought up on a small island off the coast of Scotland and I was given unpasteurised milk & runny eggs and all was well. I would think most of us started keeping chickens for pets and eggs for the table is one thing but when you sell one egg you are in business. It is an easy trap to fall into even though you have good intentions of helping others. I would love to say stop being doom and gloom but it is fact. And at the end of the day it could be your house and savings gone. Peter
  8. There are bugs, but this bug can kill, the yolk of an egg is only cooked when the egg is totally boiled. Soft boiled, fried and poached are not totally cooked. I always keep my chicken housekeeping to a very high standard but I cannot be shure l will not get affected. I am not saying I know all about the bug but I am not prepared to take the chance of passing my eggs on to others without having insurance. Peter
  9. I have seen a program on TV and I have realized that Salmonella can pass on by milk, cheese, EGGS etc. and pass onto humans. It is not common but it does happen. I have stopped selling or giving away my eggs as I do not have insurance to cover me If this happens. Even the people that keep on top of their chicken hygiene can fall victim to it. If someone dos catch Salmonella from your eggs the government will trace it back to you. and a (No claim no fee) company can claim hundreds of thousands from you or even manslaughter. I now only give my eggs to my family which is still taking a chance. peter
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    New additions

    How long do you have to quarantine for. Peter
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    Longer days with a light

    I have noted that there egg laying has reduced so yes I will have to give them a rest. I did not get them totally for the eggs, it was the best pet that suited my life stile, like going on holidays. Peter
  12. I have installed a light in the coop to extend the day light to 15hrs. The light comes on at 4am until 9am then daylight takes over. I will have to see how they are in the morning. The local nursery school were looking over the wall at the ladies so I let them stroke them and feed them. The carers were so please. Peter
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    Hot day for my ladies

    Been a lovely hot day in Northumberland. The ladies were so hot, so I cooled them down with ice cream on the lawn.
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    Chickens in the heat

    I have checked it out and milk and associated milk products are ok in reasonable amounts. I had some soft shell eggs so it stopped when they were getting a little milk in there mash. Peter
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    Chickens in the heat

    When it is hot I give them cold milk and ice-cream in a bowl on the lawn and they love it. Peter

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