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  1. 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 lo
  2. 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
  3. 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 h
  4. 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?
  5. 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 o
  6. 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
  7. 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 co
  8. 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

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