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  1. I am still sending a card to my Christmas victim and Egluntyne you have given me an idea. When and if I receive the dreaded round robin I will put it in a second victims card so long as they don't know them
  2. Hi I have LF Opringtons and LF Brahmas in with my hybrids. They all get on really well. The top hen is an Orpington. She keeps the whole flock calm and she likes to mother the Brahmas. They dont miss her when she is broody because she pops out every so often and they seem ok with that. I did have one Orpington that was a bit chatty but they have quite a low sounding voice or at least the ones I have had did There is probably exceptions! If I ever put new chickens in she calls them and picks up little bits of food off the floor and drops it. Shes usually found in amongst the new comers. I think they are definately the hippies of the hen world.
  3. Hi If this was my situation, I would buy two more hens young pol and introduce them to the chicks then when they know each other I would put them into the main coop at night. When I do this I spray all of them with diluted vinigar or some use vanilla to mask the different smell of each other. This always works well for me. As to the young lad I can't help I'm afraid as I have never faced this one. Regards Chucknette
  4. Hi If you are introducing young hens she will most likely cope quite well. She will let them know she's not happy for a short while but will appreciate the company. I put new hens in the coop at night and spray them all with diluted vinigar and so far it has worked well. Also, I keep them busy by throwing treats around the run for them to find. Hope all goes wll for you and Edna.
  5. Hi Jan I have used a treadle before, left open with a brick on it. Then I took it off for them to stand on it themselves. They were a bit skittish of it to start with but a hungry chicken will work it out pretty quickly. I am currently using a spiral feeder, they were suspicious of that for a while but soon got the hang of it. They work out quite quickly if they peck it it rewards them.
  6. I have just changed to the barrell spiral feeder for this reason. It is working really well, the hens took just a day to work it out and I don't see the big fat wood pigeons camped out in their pen anymore. Also, everything stays clean now as they only eat food that pings out of the spiral so no waste.
  7. Morning Bramble As previously said don't do anything yet. Do you have any sort of blackout on your coops as this does help. I let my chickens out at 8.00am every day and we don't hear a peep out of them. I used to worry about them when they egg announced but my neighbours tell me they have never heard them. This is because they are not like us being tuned into them. A neighbour near me got hens and I first heard them because they were new and now I'm asking other neighbours if they still have them because I can't hear them and "Ooops, word censored!"ody knows.
  8. Hi Lu Is it possible that it could have been an old egg that the hen had hidden for a while and you found it. I can't think of any other explanation other than it had a weak spot and let bacteria in and some insect laid eggs Whenever I bought free range farm eggs and got a dodgy one I always thought they must have found this one. Just a thought
  9. Oh dear Well I set off a bit of a discussion by typing the words poultry tonic. I in no way 'medicate' my birds unless absolutely necessary and I rarely have. All natural here. The tonic I use which I didnt name was recommended on here by a lovely lady who also does chicken parties. (Not sure if she still does as this was a long time ago) It can be used every day is completely natural and the birds love it but as I said they get it when I remember and they look good after a having it. No big money pharmas used by me. I was just trying to help show Chickenlicken what sort of routine can be done as its a bit daunting when you first start out. The lovely Eglutine was a font of knowledge for me. Thanks Eglutine
  10. Hi I use apple cider vinigar for a week once a month and vermex for three days once a month. I use a poultry tonic for the two weeks in between (when I remember) One week acv One week three days vermex four days fresh water Two weeks poultry tonic It's all confusing to start with but you will get into a routine. You can do the weeks in any order you want to, a lot of it for me is when I remember as none of its written in stone
  11. Hello Snowfearn Sounds like you are doing all the right things for your girls They are still quite young so will take a while for them to get into a rythem of laying. They do take the odd day off a week for a rest. I have a hybrid that layed for a couple of months and then never layed again, she is now six years old. Happy hen keeping
  12. Sorry, I should have added that you won't taste the lemon in the finished loaf.
  13. Hi It's the flour failing due to poor harvest. If you add two teaspoons of lemon juice to the mix it will make the gluten work harder and it will stop it failing. Your loaves will return to normal.
  14. Hi There will be plenty of space. I have LF Orpington and Brahma plus a hybrid in mine. So far there isn't a problem with the nestbox even with a broody in it. She just waits for the eggs to be laid then scoops them under her. I do turf broodys out though.
  15. I thought the big clue was in Miller saying to Susan "How could you not know what your husband was doing?" It came back to her when the lads Mum said "How could you not have known?" I told my OH it is him but I didnt know the reason why.

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