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  1. One last question, we have an auto door, do I still let that close ( leaving one inside) or leave open? Would the hens ever pop to bed after dark? As I’m typing I feel this is a ridiculous question 😂. As always thanks for both your amazing support and advice.
  2. Hi, I have the Eglu coop, only a year old. My husband thinks the hens are just comfy and happy in their amazing run ( the Eglu run didn’t last long)Will double check for mites then maybe just leave them to it.
  3. We have 4 hybrids around a year old who have consistently went into the coop unaided. Since the lighter nights and especially since the clocks went forward, 2 chickens (not the same ones) want to roost in the enclosed run on the high branches. Only one chook Aretha goes in now. There’s no issue when we guide them down, but think they would stay if we didn’t put them to bed. There’s no sign of bullying, predator signs, just a bit unsure of why the change. I would have thought if they got a fright all would not want to go in? We could leave them in the run, roosting on the branches but that wou
  4. Aw, thanks. That reassures me, I’ll stop bothering her now 😂😂
  5. UPDATE-Well, I’ve been watching the chooks almost to the point of being like a stalker, I think the extra protein and tonic had helped Rita, only a little bare now and of less concern. Good regrowth and seems happy. Juliette however I fear may be eating her own feathers.She seems bare underneath, no bleeding but a bit dry and flakey. Lots of preening, especially at the back gland above tail? I really don’t see any evidence of others nibbling, and can’t see how another chook can get as low underneath ? Juliette is the lowest in the pecking order but I don’t believe she is terribly bul
  6. Yip, all hybrids. Egg production is regular and really good quality, they haven’t really slowed down even in winter (no artificial light). I know, it’s strange, don’t think moulting, don’t think feather pecking, not broody. I’ll try get a photo tomorrow, maybe that might help. thanks all.
  7. UPDATE-Well, I’ve been watching the chooks almost to the point of being like a stalker, I think the extra protein and tonic had helped Rita, only a little bare now and of less concern. Good regrowth and seems happy. Juliette however I fear may be eating her own feathers.She seems bare underneath, no bleeding but a bit dry and flakey. Lots of preening, especially at the back gland above tail? I really don’t see any evidence of others nibbling, and can’t see how another chook can get as low underneath ? Juliette is the lowest in the pecking order but I don’t believe she is terribly bul
  8. Hi, I have 4 beautiful hens and they are probably coming up to a year old now. Two (Juliette and Rita) have lost most of their feathers underneath and they don’t seem to be growing back( you can’t see unless you lift them up). They aren’t broody, no lice or mites, eating well and generally healthy. I’ve given extra protein and tonic and feed good quality layers pellets. The four get on well I would say, there is definitely a boss level (Aretha and Margo) but I don’t see evident bullying. If they are eating their own feathers how do I know and what can I do about it? They have lots of room, gen
  9. I have 4 healthy happy hybrids around 9 months old, regularly laying beautiful eggs. During winter they are getting some extra protein daily however recently some one chicken is laying a tiny egg (birds egg size)then a normal size egg the next. I’m sure this is just a change in daylight hours/energy levels but wanted to double check with some more experienced members that this isn’t anything more sinister? Thanks J
  10. We have only had our door for 3 days so this is probably new user entry level stupidity however, the door closes at level 6 (default works fine) and opens at 26 (default open setting) and it’s not early enough. If I want the door to open earlier (more daylight) do I programme above 26? i know I can use timer but would like to see if light sensor works? Thanks,
  11. A local tree surgeon dropped off a substantial amount of (free) wood chips from a pine tree to go in our 3m paved run.There are leaves, some pine needles and some bark mixed in not a huge amount but it is there.I’m concerned that it’s not as cleanly processed as the bought hard wood chip, I’m reluctant to pay £100 for the deluxe play grade wood chip but obviously would if there was any risk to the chickens? I’m aware of spores in bark and the impact on the chickens respiratory system so some guidance would be appreciated on if I can use, even short term?
  12. Thanks, really helpful. Think I’ve figured it out! Fingers crossed 🤞
  13. I was hoping someone could help with the actual dimensions of the 3m run, from the start of the coop (not including).Just the width of the top, height from top of run to the floor (excluding skirt) and length from housing edge to the end of the run? I’ve attached a picture to help! Some integral weatherproofing required in Scotland! Thanks so much, i did try work out from the specification on the web but just not entirely confident!! I know it’s a bit of an ask but trying to get ahead before our feathered friends arrive (and the Eglu cube!) Thanks in advance to anyone that can be bothered!! J
  14. Thank you so much for this, greatly appreciated. I spent most of the afternoon reviewing a thread on predator attacks (heartbreaking 💔) so I think for us too an omlet fence will work as a starting point for supervised free ranging! The protection of the run sounds simple enough, will make sure we measure up to try protect as much as possible from the wind and rain.As for the numbers, originally I thought 3 hybrids based on calculations however I’ve had conflicting advice from 3 up to 8 so feel more comfortable with your suggestion of 3 as 6-8 sounded way too many chickens!
  15. We are finally ready to add some chickens to the family! This plan was fully considered before COVID 19 but the additional time has been a blessing as who knew!! I feel I could go on mastermind already with all the reading, prep and planning!Our Eglu cube +3m run is due early May and have prepared a concrete paved area for the run and plan to use hardwood chips as a base and free range round our garden when we are home in the afternoons and more at the weekends.My questions are, living in rural Scotland what’s the best way to protect the Eglu 3m run from the elements, keeping the chickens and

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