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Jukebox Tim

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About Jukebox Tim

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  1. We've just got one extension and it's plenty of room for our four chooks.
  2. Welcome landgirl and chooks Can you come and sort out my garden?
  3. Mine go mental for corn on the cob and purple sprouting brocolli. The brocolli produces a lovely golden yolk.
  4. Many thanks indeed. Just reading about it now. It will have the added value of not having to make a trip to Homebase for the bags of bark! I'll give it a try.
  5. Could any of you tell me what this hemcore is and if it's likely to be better than bark (we're using bark at the moment, which is OK"ish"). What are the advantages of hemcore and where can I get it from? Many thanks, Tim
  6. The bullying will stop after a few days. Try not to intervene unless one of them is being denied food or water. We've introduced newbies to existing birds before and are doing it at the moment. We squirt the "bully" with a water pistol if it gets out of hand or if blood is drawn. Re the poo situation. 1) Putting garlic powder in their food (available from Omlet or equine feed suppliers, NOT the supermarket stuff) stops the poo smelling so bad - it's also good for their digestive system. 2) A lot of us gave up keeping the run on grass and now use bark. It seems to absorb the poo and is easily raked over, topped up or changed. Tim
  7. Try them on purple sprouting broccoli. Mine love it. Spinach too. Make for great golden yolks.
  8. The mild bullying has pretty much settled down now after three days. We've introduced a new one before; when we got Bessie (our Cukoo Maran), LaVern and Mabel (Omlet hybrids) went apesh*t for a couple of days but quickly became best buddies. The odd squirt with a water pistol when it got too violent worked well. I'll post some pics in the galllery soon. This weekend they've looked more like drowned rats than chickens.
  9. Since the demise of LaVern we have added two new chooks to the "clutch"; Mojo and Lucille have joined Bessie and Mabel. We got them from Jayne at Hollywater Hens (very helpful) not far from Farnham. They both surprised us with a couple of small eggs yesterday, much to the annoyance of Bessie and Mabel. There's been a bit of argey-bargey but it should settle down in a day or two. Shame the weather is so dire because we've not really been able to let them out of the run.
  10. Since the demise of LaVern we have added two new chooks to the "clutch"; Mojo and Lucille have joined Bessie and Mabel. We got them from Jayne at Hollywater Hens (very helpful) not far from Farnham. They both surprised us with a couple of small eggs yesterday, much to the annoyance of Bessie and Mabel. There's been a bit of argey-bargey but it should settle down in a day or two. Shame the weather is so dire because we've not really been able to let them out of the run.
  11. So sorry to hear about Doris. We've just been through the same thing, losing LaVern after two years , so we know how you feel.
  12. Thank you all. How very kind. For those of you who asked, we're getting the new chooks from Hollywater Hens, near Bordon (Surrey/Hants border). The lady there is the best in the area for hybrids but, if you want a pure breed, I also recommmend Simon Bates at the Garden Hen Company in Windsor. Regards, Tim
  13. Sadly, after two years of prolific egg-laying, our Pepperpot, LaVern, became ill with what seemed like a fungal infection of her crop. We had her on a course of medication and, although she rallied for a few days, her condition worsened and we had to put her out of her suffering. We're left with our Maran (Bessie) and Ranger (Mabel) - the extended run looks too big without LaVern so, today, we've bought a Coral hybrid and another Pepperpot.

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