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  1. So in a very strange turn of events, she has been out in the isolation run for about 5 hours and has just laid an egg! She wasn't sitting on it but it was warm when I just picked it up so its pretty butt-fresh! Does this mean she is not broody anymore? Should we carry on for the full 3 days/ nights? This is a pic of her set up but we will make it much more secure for overnight etc.
  2. So, we've had our chickens at home since the spring when they were hatched from eggs at my daughter's nursery. All 4 hens have been laying for about a month or less. One of our early layers, Moira (named after Moira Schitt as she has a wonky comb and looks like a great hairstyle!) has now started exhibiting broody characteristics. She sits in the nest box of our Go UP all day. She growls and hisses at the other hens and us, she's all puffed up and won't let the others in to lay. We collect the eggs as early as we can each day but obviously are both working so its not as soon as they lay. We are removing the eggs from under her and then taking her out of the coop. Once she is out with her sisters she is happy as Larry, eating and scratching in the garden, but when she's in the coop she is very territorial and not like herself. Is she too young to be broody?! We've read some conflicting stuff online about broodiness in their first season. For now we have semi-separated her from her sisters by putting her in our "travel" run inside their outside area so she is with them but can't scuttle back to the coop. Not sure if we are doing the right thing here so any advice would be very welcome!
  3. Hahaha - oh no! Maybe we will feed them less..... just kidding - would never do that! We have got an extension for it and a WIR for the future as they are still within the size limits at the moment. We are hoping to move over the summer so don't want to build too much before we have to move, but if that gets pushed off the table then they will move into the WIR in the summer, just before they are due to start laying
  4. We understand they are gingernut rangers! Also they all seem like girls! Hoping they are definitely girls! They have settled in so well. They are getting used to us handling them more now, especially as we have to take them in and out of the shed each night for bed! They definitely seem to be growing quickly too! Took them about 3 days to realise they can go inside the Eglu when it is raining (silly things!) and now they like going in and out as they please during the day. We are learning about being good chicken parents each day - basically bought new stuff everyday as we just weren't as prepared as we thought we were! They now have a big grit tray to scrape around in and my husband has hung an old DVD from the top of the coop for them to play with! Just hoping they start to settle down and poop a bit less as they are just machines still at the moment! Does seem to be decreasing a bit but its a good 20 mins of raking and composting each night at bedtime!
  5. The girls came home yesterday - wettest day of the year so far I think!! They are all gingernut rangers, we have 2 slightly older ones called Babs and Gloria, and two younger ones called Moira (after Moira Rose from Schitt's Creek) and HeiHei as my daughter is obsessed with Moana!! They did really well on their first day! We covered over the run to keep them dry as I was worried about them being too small to keep warm if they got too wet. They didn't have much interest in the water at first but the volume was definitely going down across the day so that was okay - they ate loads of chick crumb though! Not ready to explore the Eglu too much yet but that will come in time - I'd rather they were out exploring the run than huddling inside the coop scared. Putting them to bed in the shed cage was very challenging on my own as my husband was out - only lost control of one of them and had to chase her round the garden! The other three were a lot easier. Getting them up in the morning was better with the two of us, we are trying to figure out the best way to do all the daily tasks between us. Put the girls in the run via the coop so they get used to being in it at least for a short while. Will keep posting pictures and updates if anyone is interested! Thanks for all your help so far!
  6. So, built the crate yesterday, luckily it fit perfectly in the little gap I had in my shed! They will be nice and protected from the elements here and I can let the into the run one at a time each day. I had a box from my daughter's bike which fit perfectly to close in the sides so they shouldn't kick too much out! The boxes are not so high sided that they won't be able to get from one box to another if they want to. I will add wood shavings to the boxes tonight and secure the blanket to the top with cable ties as I ran out after fixing the cardboard. Will let you know how the girls like it on Thursday when they come home! xx
  7. We have the standard Go on the floor so won't be an issue with them getting in and out of it luckily. For the roosting bars issue I have ordered some fine wire mesh which I will wrap the edges in gaffer tape for safety. This can sit on top of the bars, covered in pine shavings so no risk of tripping over. I have managed to source a borrowed dog crate which I will set up as a night time option for them in the shed for the first few weeks until this wet, windy weather patch passes and they are over double figures. Will post pictures of their shed AirBnB in case anyone has made a similar thing with a dog crate that can offer any advice. Many thanks everyone
  8. Hello all, We are due to bring our 7 week old girls home this week and have the Eglu Go all set up for them. When building the run I was reading the instruction manual online and it said that the Eglu Go is only suitable for chickens 12 weeks and older. We don't have anywhere else for them to go at the moment so will they be okay? What age were your chickens when you first put them in the Eglu Go?
  9. Okay, straw is out then! We are so desperate not to get mites etc! Our girls won't be vaccinated (all from the same hatching company, but two were hatched at nursery and 2 were added this week from a different hatching in the same week as we wanted 4 girls, not 2) so we are trying to think of everything to avoid them getting sick in any way! I have some pine shavings so will use that up first then will move onto the aubiose once we need to restock. My parents live in our village so can keep us with a steady supply of used newspapers for lining the poo tray! Our standard run is on our lawn currently as we want them close by whilst they are young, but later in the year we plan on moving them down to an old built-up veg patch that we are going to convert to a big coop and run as we have a walk in run for that. Will use hard wood chips on that and then get them out onto the grass to free range when we are around. Will definitely upload pics once we can get them home!
  10. Hi @Cat tails Thanks for your message on the post. We are not sure exactly how old they will be when they get to us, likely around 8-10 weeks. They will be allowed to come home with us once they are fully feathered with no down at all. This is not time fixed of course, so we are getting ready well in advance! They will have had some time outside whilst at their temporary home in the nursery so shouldn't be too confused by the garden and outside world! We will be monitoring the temperature and weather outside as they will have to sleep in the coop outside from day 1 as we don't have a garage or anything to keep them in overnight, but we will make sure it is warm enough to keep them happy all the time. Thanks for your help and advise. Natalie
  11. Hello @Luvachicken Thanks so much for your detailed response! We are still a few weeks away from bringing them home but got to see them this morning through the window and they are growing so quickly! They are looking like straggly teenagers now! I won't be able to take any photos until they come home as we aren't allowed in the nursery due to COVID restrictions. So strange that we won't get to meet them until bring home day but oh well! Missed out on the cute fuzzy phase but have lots of exciting things in the future I am sure! We will be taking a few days off work when they come home to make sure that they get lots of interaction with us. Do you recommend straw or wood shavings for the nest box in the Eglu? I'm not sure what will be best as they will technically still be adolescents so not going to be laying for some time when they come home. I want them to be warm and comfortable and have some similarities to their previous home. Many thanks, Natalie
  12. We are rehoming 4 chicks that have been hatched via a hatching programme at our daughter's nursery. They are a mix of cream legbars and gingernut rangers. The chicks are currently staying at nursery in their brooder until they are fully feathered and ready to come home. We have the Eglu Go Up and a walk in run set up ready for when they come home. We are so excited! We haven't had chickens before so we are complete newbies. I used to look after the school chickens when I was a teacher a few years ago, but never brought them home. What are your top tips for getting the girls settled in at their new home? What do you wish you had known when you first brought your chicks home that you know now? Thanks in advance!!

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