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  1. Thank you Beantree - I will keep a close eye on it and see if we need to sort it out.
  2. Thanks Cat tails - yes it is weird. I've never seen this sort of thing before on the face either but given how uniform they are on the legs it would make sense if they are spurs trimmed.
  3. We rescued some ex-caged hens yesterday afternoon and noticed one of them has these weird lumps on her face and both legs (at the exact same position)- they look like a emerging 5th toe. anyone seen anything like this?
  4. Yes you are right, they can’t fly. so I sent a photo and video to the breeder who believed the grey one is male and white one female. low and behold, the white one started crowing this morning. real shame as we now will return them to him (heart broken kids) for rehoming (and I assume two new ones) and I have a terrible feeling he won’t manage it and they’ll be killed. yesterday when we thought just the grey one was male, I was going to try and regime as a breeding pair but no chance of that now. I suppose they have lived longer than they would have done if the b
  5. Yeah I know they are so hard to sex - and I have heard you just wait to see if an egg appears or if they crow. Doing a bit of searching online got me a little worried as they have quite a few tell tell tales indicating they could be male (started to get suspicious with all the chest bumping, rising to full height in the mornings and trying to each asert authority on the other before settling down to eat alongside each other happily). hmmmm - we shall see. The breeder we bought them from had around 50 silkies and bred and sold chickens as his business (he was certain all his chickens
  6. Ok so I bought these two Silkies as hens and I’m starting to really worry they might be cockerels- what does everyone else think? They are 17 weeks and do a bit of chest bumping in the morning but I know this can be common for hens. Not great photos I’m afraid as they hide from the big ones. The grey one has had a haircut recently so she/he could see- around the eyes.
  7. She was last wormed 2 months ago with Flubenvet so isn't due yet and nothing in the poo to imply worms (or any of the others). yes i haven't seen any egg shell around so I think she may still have that. She's come out of the nesting box (no results there) and gone to actively join the others so that is a good sign. I'm wondering what type of horrors I will find in the nesting box tomorrow! She had some nutridrops today so hopefully that will pick her up a bit!
  8. I’ve cleaned her up now and the bed bit just sort of dissolved. The cream bit hanging from her bottom looked like membrane and the ‘egg’ mess she had laid in the nesting box looked mostly like egg white, so I think that weird pop she did (above) was the yolk. She’s eaten and drink and then taken herself off to the nesting box again - it looks like she’s trying to lay with tail up and alert but no luck still after 4 hours or so. also I’ve noticed her crop has no feathers on- this was concealed by the breast feathers on top but when parted her crop has very red skin and is featherless-
  9. Thank you Cat tails - I didn't think it looked like it was still attached but I don't know how painful it would be or stressful for me to start cleaning her up but I think that's a good idea.
  10. My chicken (ex caged) is 2 years 9m and has taken herself off to the nesting box and isolating herself. Generally lethargic yesterday evening. This morning she didn’t come down from the nesting box (very unusual). I found the leftovers of an egg in the nesting box with what looks like the membrane hanging from her vent. I got her down to eat and drink where she then did a horrific pop that looks like egg mix and has this red patch - is this prolapse?
  11. That's exactly what I did with my MK1 run and walk in run and keeping that door has been a lifesaver for introducing new hens (even in Avian Flu lockdown, it was nice to keep them cooped up in the MK1 run and then let them into the walk in later on in the day -rather than giving them all the space at once as it added a bit of excitement to a very boring time). Your setup and hens look lovely.
  12. Well, Blossom had her hair cut and we now realise she has quite big eyes! She still pecks at random places trying to eat the meal worms in the grass but I know she must be able to see better. Unfortunately, the going up to bed problem is on going. And they love to snuggle up at the end of the 3m cube run- so I'm scrambling 3m and trying to flick them out with a plank of wood from behind the wheels so I can get a hold of them and shoving them through the door. I decided yesterday to not pick them up and bring them down in the morning. I thought if I left them up there, they would e
  13. I really like this Soapdragon - I think it would be lovely to see a bit of personality on gravestones showing the person that is under them. Perhaps more people would take a wonder and visit these deceased if it was a more interesting walk. The village I live in has the grave of a blacksmith and his gravestone is famous 'locally' anyway and it reads: My sledge and hammer lies declin'dMy bellows too have lost their windMy fire's extinct my coals decay'dAnd in my dust my vice is laidMy days are spent my glass is runMy nails are drove my work is done And I just love this. Thought Pi
  14. Thank you - we now have given the first haircut! Let's see if that helps!
  15. Funnily enough I was having this conversation with my daughter yesterday as both of us noticed that one of them (the fluffier one) seems to peck to the side of meal worms and only really gets them by chance so we wondered if she had vision problems. I will do this as my first job today. She is very figetty when held - any tips for holding her sill enough to have fluff cut around the eyes? She used to squat immediately on me so much as entering the coop and was the easiest to catch - now it's a case of running her into a corner and even then she'll try and fly up the wall. I ha

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