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ellasflock

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  1. That’s interesting, I think it said Bristol on its tag so it may have just taken a pit stop as such, hopefully it is okay, I am more concerned for it if it isn’t wanted to be honest. Hopefully it wins so it isn’t released back into the wild. If it does get released then hopefully it makes its way back to me so I can look after it☺️
  2. Yes thank you for this. I haven’t managed to spot the pigeon today so I think it has fled for home🥳 Thank you for your advice. If it comes back I will try and get the phone number🙂
  3. Okay thank you so much for this help! I will have a little look tomorrow and might try and lead it inside so I can take a good look at the tag. It seems to be very friendly so hopefully I can capture it easily before it gets taken. I will get some popcorn kernels tomorrow so thank you!
  4. Hi Everyone so I have encountered a racing pigeon that has been hanging around my house for the last few days and doesn’t seem to want to leave. It is so very friendly and just fly’s around my head when I am outside and I have given him/her food and water because I read online that apparently racing pigeons seem to be very domesticated and will die if I don’t feed it so I have been topping it up on corn and seeds etc that I give to my chickens to fatten them up as it looks quite slim. Attached is a photo. I can’t seem to read the numbers on its leg and it isn’t leaving my garden and just waits endlessly for me to come out to entertain it, so If anyone has had this problem before or knows somewhere I can rehome it then that would be great, otherwise it will not survive without my help, as far as I am aware, and wherever it has come from, it doesn’t seem to want to go back. Thank you! Just to add, it is not injured and can fly, but is not going far and if it goes to my neighbours garden for a few minutes then it will come straight back to mine and either sit on my roof or on a tree perch outside my back door.
  5. @LuvachickenShe is very cute indeed! and has befriended most of the cuddly animals I own🤣.
  6. Hey Everyone, I found out today that she is a girl. So I am happy to say I don’t have another rooster 🤣!
  7. Hi Everyone, so a little update on Hyacinth! She is quite a lot bigger now and has started showing some distinct gender features, it is still quite hard to tell but I have attached some photos so if anyone with eagle eyes want to try and guess whether it’s a hen/rooster that would be great. I have tried to take photos of certain parts because I know the way you usually sex silkies is from the shape of the comb ‘V or U’ and also hair growth and wing development. please excuse the bad photography, it is very hard to take pictures of a moving chick🤣
  8. Well the breeder hatched lots of chicks but he sexes them from day one and he had so many roosters that he needed to keep the hens he hatched. I am not worried at all about adding a chick to my flock because over the last few years I have added lots of different members to my flock that they now adjust quite quickly, especially my silkies, I also introduced my rooster as a chick to my flock and they were okay with it because their mothering side kicked in. I am sure it will be a challenge but I will get there eventually!
  9. No unfortunately none have hatched, but I have introduced my chick to my Silkie hen and she is very motherly so she was definitely good company and reassuring that the chick will do fine in a couple of months when I move her into the big chicken household. She is still living inside my house with heat, and lots of cuddly toys and mirrors and daily company and doesn’t seem lonely at all!🤣 This is her size update!
  10. Yay this is so great! My hens will be very thrilled to hear it!
  11. That’s interesting, (oops I mean cockerel then🤣) I guess I will just keep my fingers crossed for a hen then!
  12. Oh no😬😅 That is not good, a similar thing happened to mine, when I got him I made a mistake in thinking he was a girl and then I questioned myself because i guessed based on the shape of his comb and then at about 5 months mine started to crow🤣but I think I know what I will be looking for this time😂🤞🏻
  13. Well when I initially bought my rooster(which has been re-homed by the way) he was a chick at about 5 weeks old, and I was able to sex him then, but I made a mistake and thought he was a girl. Now I know what mistake I made I am pretty sure I can sex the chick at 5 weeks now. But yes, they don’t have red combs or anything until quite a lot later if it is a rooster. So it can be difficult To sex them🤞🏻😬
  14. I know!🥺 I will send an update when she has grown a bit bigger and I can tell for sure whether or not it is a female☺️
  15. Well I was expecting more but a few were not fertile at all and I have two in the incubator at the moment but i don’t think they will hatch unfortunately. But I am all prepared if the chick is alone as a man down the road is hatching some Silkie chicks and if he has any available I will get one to pair with my chick.
  16. I know! It’s hilarious, she was so sleepy 🤣 she has certainly fluffed up a lot and is eating and drinking well in the DIY brooder!
  17. Thank you!!! @SeramaSilly she is bearded Silkie☺️ Slightly more fluffy now!
  18. @Cat tails I know! Crazy hair day much 🤣
  19. Hi Everyone, to those people who were keeping up with the Candling day 17 thread. Today I successfully hatched a chick. Her name is Hyacinth and she is very cute! I am assuming it’s a girl but obviously I will change the name if it’s a roo!
  20. I meant because of the severity of Avian Bird Flu, 7 to me is a lot. But I certainly understand what you mean and yes information can be miss understood as I can’t see an article that says the exact amount. That is interesting about mainland migration routes!
  21. Yes I have heard of this too, Lots of Russian people have come down with it. However, I am not too surprised that Russia is the first because they are one of the top 10 countries in the world for keeping chickens, breeding them and for commercial reasons too.
  22. Oh well that is annoying! I was looking for some indication about the Avian flu being lifted in April and came across this article so I’m sorry if I got peoples hopes up. Hopefully the gov will publish something soon. I certainly wasn’t going to let my chickens out before I was 100% certain.

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