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  1. A local farmer recently lost his lease and had to rehome his animals, I took on some of his chickens, including 2 silkies - they are not exactly the same as the one pictured (sorry, I need to get some photos) but are very very lovely - definitely look and feel more furry than feathery! Both terribly broody at the moment though!
  2. I don't think so - none of our flock have been prone to egg eating - she laid again today, so just one of those mysteries!
  3. One of my ex-batts was 5 and a half when sadly she was killed by a fox in our only ever fox attack - actually she survived the attack but had to be PTS as her injuries were not survivable. Even the vet was distraught that a bird who had overcome her hard start to life had died in such a way - she was laying right up to the end - goodness knows what age she would have been had she survived!
  4. I too had come to the conclusion it was senililty setting in... BUT...today after 2 years of not laying, she layed a lovely big brown egg!!!
  5. Our 5 year old Copper Maran has not laid for well over a year and we do not expect her to do so again, however recently she has started making "laying" noises, even when wandering around the garden. This is driving our other chickens and our turkeys mad, leading them to shout at her, so you can imagine it gets a bit noisy - she is driving us all nuts! A small robin even stopped by to have a look at her! Has anyone else had an older chicken who has done anything similar?
  6. My Marans (one Copper and one Cuckoo) both laid paler, smaller eggs at first which got bigger and darker over time. Whenever they took a break from laying they then laid lighter eggs again when coming back into lay, again darkening over time.
  7. Bye Bye Bye Delilah - age 4 1/2 - White Splash Maran - went peacefully when at play.
  8. fantastic news - she was a real sweetie and it is great to hear of a happy ending
  9. I spotted this on the Scottish SPCA website: The Scottish SPCA is seeking the owner of a bantam hen found roaming in a garden in Leven, Fife. If you think the bird might be yours then call the SSPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999. www.scottishspca.org has a photo of the wee hen - worth taking a look if you have lost one recently.
  10. One would think it would put her off, but had already tried putting various smelling things, including menthol on - made no difference to her (and as she likes to chew anything we had to put it all over!) - but at least we had clear noses . To be honest now she has reached the grand old age of 2 chewing things she shouldn't seems much less of a problem, but as it still happens occasionally, and apparently randomly, I will stick to cheap old couches for now!
  11. Just to update - Stagbars have gone down a treat - got one for each dog, but Zuri the young dane refuses to let Smeagle the Beagle have any - mind you it is working a treat for Zuri's chewing ....perhaps one day we can get a decent couch again!
  12. RIP to Picacharole the Faverolle and Agatha the ex-batt who were killed by a fox on Friday. Picacharole was only young and her sister Flavia misses her terribly. Agatha was the last of our ex-batts and had made it to the grand old age of 5 1/2 - she fought valiently but had to be PTS 10 hours after the attack as it transpired she had punctured lungs. So fortunate to have spent her last day with her and that her final hours were peaceful (the wonders of rescue remedy).
  13. Thank you. Glad to hear your girl made it. I think if Agatha had not been such an old bird she might not have had such life threatening wounds, as the poor old girl had not much fat on her bones. We could have had it a lot worse if my OH had not run out and chased the fox out of the run. There has been so much upheaval to fox habitat since the building of the rail-line from Airdrie to Edinburgh and continual building of new housing estates close to the rail line all the way from Glasgow to Edinburgh, I think it is driving more and more foxes to areas they previosly did not go. We even had some deer trapped in the park beside us the other week as they could not follow their usual route due to the erection of a large fence.

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