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  1. Amongst our 6 bantams we have one that is a bit odd. She isn’t quite right to look at, feels a bit lopsided bone-wise when we hold her and doesn’t act quite right. She’s special 😉 The rest of the flock have rejected her and she is usually on her own. She follows about 4 ft behind the rest 😔. We thought she might not lay but she does but usually on the roosting bars of the cube or the lawn. Her eggs often fall through to the poo trays. The other 5 use the nesting box. It is lined with paper and sawdust. We have moved her into the box when we realise she is trying to lay but the egg is still in the bars when we go back. She also shouts the whole time she is laying not just afterwards. Any ideas on how to get her to use the nesting box?
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    What have you all been making...part two...

    That’s amazing!
  3. Have you tried scouring power like cif or Bar keepers friend to remove that ingrained dirt? The pink stuff could also be worth a try. I have one of the original purple cubes and cleaned it with cif and a scrubbing brush as the start of the year as it had been unused since 2014. It looks like new. It takes a lot of rinsing to get every trace of the cleaner off
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    Chicken Memorials

    Lost one of our young Bantams last night. She looked like she was sleeping when I found her. Curled up with her head resting near her wing. She was fine yesterday as she was out and about with the others, looked healthy and even laid an egg RIP Cookie. Just 7 months old
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    Handling ex battery hens

    Late night cuddles work best when they are sleepy. Give them a while to settle in first. Also get them used to the idea that you bring treats and they soon come running. An egg cup full of corn late afternoon between the three of them would be plenty. They'll soon learn to peck it from your hands and will eventually crouch when they see you making it easier to scoop them up for cuddle time.
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    Soundproofing a room?

    This just appeared in an ad on FB. https://www.soundstop.co.uk/soundproofing_walls.php
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    Help rats!

    Are the worms in the poop alive! They will have dead worms in their droppings for a day or two.What are you using to worm them? Not all wormers are equal Can I suggest you change the title from tats to worms to get the right people to advise?
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    Soundproofing a room?

    Can you get the plasterboard removed and add some form of insulation:lagging. It would be redundant in out house as the rest of the household refuse to close the flippin’ door 🤦‍♀️🤬 despite endless nagging from me
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    Dog insurance v savings account

    I think the third party insurance is important with dogs. If the slip the lead and cause an accident the costs could be huge. Most of our pets don’t need public liability insurance so we just pay as we go
  10. Thar’s what we do now on the walk-in run. We add lots of sanitising powder and rake it through. The cube is whiffy atm as I was waiting for the plastic roosting bars before cleaning it this time. (Our 11 year old wooden ones are past it and splintering). The run usually smells of lavenderas we sprinkle lavender oil/flowers in the nesting box and bedding to keep flies down have live lavender plants to plant around the perimeter soon to save money
  11. We used heavy duty bulldog clips rather than run clips to secure the send panel of ours. We’d undo and remove the whole end panel for cleaning. Still wasn’t very practical but not impossible. We now have a walk in run made from a converted greenhouse and it is so easy to clean
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    I started with a small planted tank that the family overstocked so they bought a biorb that I did’t like as the filtration and water surface weren’t great. Gradually multi-tank syndrome took over until I bought the 500l with a tax rebate. It is under stocked and has filters for 1500l. Usually it is full of plants. I hope your new job goes well and you settle in to your new team quickly 🤞. When do you start?
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    I used to work shift and I really feel for you. Nights are hard when you are used to working staggered shift but if you normally work days you must be exhausted. By my third night shift I would be running on fumes and very silly. Everything made me giggle
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    I was very lucky and got a special Easter gift. The lights failed on my planted tank just over a week Ago after I’d spent all my spare cash on summer uniform for my kids. I was watching all my plants slowly die and melt away until I got my Easter present. Led tank lights. They are really as they have a 24hr cycle including night, sunrise and sunset. The plants are looking a bit sp***** and poorly but should start to recover soon
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    Easter swap 2019

    You are all so talented to make such beautiful gifts! Happy Easter everyone!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Happy Easter everyone! Pancakes sound amazing. We are having clear soups and sandwiches today but now I want pancakes! We are postponing Easter celebrations until tomorrow as as we’ve been up all night with poorly kids as they picked up a tummy bug when we had to take our youngest to A&E. It is obvious they aren’t right as they showed no interest in the Easter egg hunt this am.
  17. My bantams do sometimes try to sleep on the top shelf of a shelving unit like yours or on the top perch in the run (a natural branch cable tied to the run at approx 4ft). They get collected up and put into the cube if they don’t go voluntarily. They got better at going to bed in the cube since we moved it to the bigger secure run and leave the cube door open all night. We shut them into the run late afternoon before sunset and that helps. Fox attacks have always been late afternoon for us before the chickens would naturally return to the coop. Bantams do like to be high up do getting the cube up off the floor should help. Put them in every night and they should get the hint eventually. I had to remove the lower branches of our bay tree to keep them out of it. One used the perches in the run like a ladder and ended up sat on the frame of the open greenhouse roof vent 6ft up. Plastic coops are less prone to mites but they are still get in sometimes. Under the partition in the mk1 cube is where we find them. Spray the whole cube with a mite first just in case
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    Easter swap 2019

    Can’t wait to see all your lovely creations
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    What have you all been making...part two...

    My son will cut a small portion portion from the cheese and wander upstairs with the rest in his fist. A slab several inches thick is the norm. Glad to hear he’s not the only one. He’s a fiend for processed meats too.. salami, pepperoni. Chorizo or a slab of gammon. To be fair he does balance it with a couple of carrier bags of fruit a week. He wandered off eating a whole large cucumber earlier in the week. He’s growing like a weed and appears to grow visibly overnight. Hoping it stops before my shopping and his clothing bill resembles the national debt 😳
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    To worm or not to worm?

    I did mine with a spot on treatment when I got them at around 16 weeks. One of the white ones has a dirty streak by her vent so thinking of sending off a worming same using the service promoted by flytes of fancy. Have no intention of working them every six months as I did with the hybrids I had before
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    What have you all been making...part two...

    Sorry everyone. My updates don’t make much sense. Thank for being patient and working out what i mean. Eyes are messed up again. The rush lights sound like a great experiment and experience for children. They learn so much even if the results aren’t perfect. I have several blocks of beeswax from my beading. Had to stop as I couldn’t see the tiny beads. Also have coconut oil. Thinking of mix the two and making jam jar candles with the children. Not had much luck with pure beeswax as it puddles and extinguishes the flame
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    Broody chicken

    One of my little pekins has gone broody only 3 weeks after laying her first egg. At first we removed her from the nest box and closed the cube door after the others had laid and she’d go off with and roam with the others. Last couple of days she’s been aggressive to anyone (chicken or human) who gets too close. Chucked her out the nest box am and she decided to settle down on a large pebble in the flowerbed and was acting loud, grumpy and hormonal. She is temporarily in the guinea pig run after a cool bucket bath. Can I let her back into the cube at night with the nest box blocked or do I need to put her in a crate in the outer part of the run? She's feisty atm but is usually low on the pecking order so din’t want problems reintegrating her into the flock when her raging hormones subside Thanks
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    Broody chicken

    She’s now in the run in an upturned indoor rabbit run so she is stood on the wires with the plastic base as a roof. Dog crate arriving in the morning
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    Broody chicken

    This is a temporary cage to stop her returning to the nest box or attacking the others while I source a dog crate