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Frequent Layer (3/19)



  1. I just wish I could go over tomorrow and get hold of some of their breeding stock (the 8 wk olds would be too young to mix with our girls). But my husband has reminded me we want to move house sooner rather than later, so I need to hold off on more birds. But hurry over anyone who wants some of these beautifully, carefully breeded animals. They will go fast, I am sure. Do you (or anyone else) know why they have to suspend trading???
  2. I just got an email this morning from the Garden Hen in Windsor. As they will not be trading from today to the foreseeable future, they are selling off the chickens they have, including breeding stock, on a first come basis. This is the info for anyone interested: We shall be available as follows: Saturday 2nd August from 10am onwards Sunday 3rd August from 10am onwards Monday 4th August from midday onwards Tuesday possibly closed as we will be having a family day out. Please feel free to call in, there is no need to book an appointment. If you need to know where we are situated if you have not visited us before, please email for full address/directions. Many of the birds available are approx 8 weeks and younger and include breeds such as Orpington, Barnevelder, Andalusian etc - bantams and large fowl. With kind regards Simon & Deborah Bates The Garden Hen Mob: 07854 188 724 www.thegardenhen.co.uk
  3. Oh, he has tried, but my three gals are flighty. One will stand for petting if she is eating treats off your knees at the same time. But the other two aren't having it. And my son thinks that all animals are like his dog, rough, tumble and willing to chase sticks. He is flumoxed over the fact that the chickens won't chase sticks he throws across the lawn. -- oh, well, he's getting older by the minute. He'll figure them out soon. My job is just to keep him away from that fishing net until he does!
  4. Oh I wish that would happen around here! I have a 3.5 year old who is now banned from the chicken enclosure, after weeks of chicken mithering, and finding him last night in the garden, in nothing but his underpants and wellies, holding a fishing net above his head, whispering, "Come 'ere chickies... Come 'ere chickies..." -- "What are you doing, sweet light of my life," I ask. "Hunting chickens." -- they'll never be tamed at this rate. More like die of fright. Can I borrow your three for a week to tame mine?!
  5. Oh, man, I knew I had mutant chickens -- I have to s"Ooops, word censored!"e poo off my plastic bars every 2 days, as they get quickly covered and the poo is quite stuck on after a couple of days. My gals don't seem to have the knack of dropping between the slats But I've taken to using a bird poo cleaner from the pet store (in amongst the parrot/budgy products) and it comes off super easy with just a spritz and a wipe, so still a rather easy clean after all. Easier than wood would be, for certain.
  6. Well, that is just plain old animal husbandry and good economics. That's why you need to be clear within yourself why you keep chickens. If they are primarily pets, then you make entirely different choices than if they are primarily livestock. As long as we act humanely and think in terms of both the animal and human welfare issues, whichever way we choose, that's the most important thing.
  7. Oh, please don't beat yourself up! No one is judging you. This must be distressing for you. Good luck as you figure out all the details of moving forward.
  8. Well, a lot depends on what you have chickens for primarily, I would guess. If it is primarily for food and an economically viable self-sustaining project, then there is a long and honourable, non-vegetarian tradition of 'retiring' the ladies to the stew pot. I personally have no problems with that in essence, but from what I have learned about chickens over the past year, the nicely feathered garden pet gals don't make very much a meal for the table, and their heart-tugging pet attractions are stronger than their culinary ones. If they are primarily pets, then not laying eggs probably would be sad, but not too much a loss, no? They're still lovely in the garden and otherwise fun to have... I guess what I aim to do is let them live out their lifespan. I do intend to have a larger propertly one day and will have a flock of meat birds, but they will be meaty breeds that don't live in my immediate garden... my garden gals are for fun, family and a few eggs. Not laying will just mean store bought eggs for a while.
  9. Well, this puts my mind at ease, as I add the DE to the dust bath and the chooks eat it out of there. I was worried about that, but now I see it is edible, so... good all around. Thanks.
  10. Well, I guess a lot depends on the individual birds then-- does it? Because I have a cube and 3m of run -- should be plenty of space -- but one of my 3 gals was getting incredibly stir crazy nonetheless (they came from a farm where, until I picked them up, her flock was free ranging in a large field). She started walking incessantly about the perimeter of the run, clucking nervously, constantly turning her head one way or another, as if trying to find a way out. She upset the pecking order and challenged the top chook and took over the top spot, via a lot of bullying. And jsut couldn't settle inside those 3m. So I had to get netting to give them a pen to run about in day time. Now everyone is fine. But that is 3 chickens in all that space. I can see how larger breeds in an Eglu, mark 1 or 2, can be very cramped indeed. So, yes, I do suppose it's wise to heed the advice and experiences of others but to be very mindful of your particular birds' behaviour. I know my three are gals are big and getting bigger, and they would go mad in an Eglu.
  11. Just to let you know, though -- it's not either batteries or mains (despite how they advertise it). The unit is supplied with a cubby for the battery that can be used to attach the mains adaptor, is all. So if you buy it with the mains adaptor (which we found to have a very long cord, and our purchase of the option extension was not needed), you can use that when you are home, run through a window, and pop in batteries for when you are away for a time. We have the mains line running through our conservatory window and we are able to close the window entirely, as the wire is thin and very strong. No fraying or worries so far, even though we have the window shut on the wire most of the day.
  12. Mine are on grass, with the cube/run moved every couple of days. Before I adapted my run panel into a door flap, I bought a child's rake from the garden centre and reached in the small door with that, raked poos into a pile, and then into a dustpan, with the pile headed for the compost heap.
  13. I only have one laying right now (only had them going on 2 wks) -- and she has most days taken 30-40 mins. But a couple of times, I peeked in after an hour and she was napping. Could be happening with yours--? Also, Phuzz, the one laying -- she gets territorial about the nest box, trying to keep the other two, younger pullets away from it. I think one day, she sat in it for several hours just to teach them it was hers! I opened up the port and scooted her out of it. Anyway, all that to say that I think your chicken may be acting well within the range of normal, as they are so individual and have such distinct habits.
  14. I got mine from the local Sainsbury's -- they had both organic and non-organic.
  15. Emma, I will be looking out for news about how your hatching goes. Next year, after a year of chicken owning, I intend to do just the same, so I will really be watching closely to see how you get on. Best of luck! p.s. -- where did you get your hatching eggs, btw?

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