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  1. Well nothing else has pipped ,though Muppet is still sitting, so I'll keep my fingers crossed a bit longer. Would be ironic if the only one hatched is the chick who was supposed to be a dud And the icing on the cake ,the chick is a boy ever so cute though, just hope he gets a friend.
  2. The chick is out of the 'black egg', it's alive and drying under Muppet, it's a gold top chick ( Silkie X Light Sussex), so when it's dry I should be able to tell if it's boy or girl. No sign of the others pipping yet, hope it's not going to be the only one.
  3. It's now day 21 and one of the eggs under Muppet is pipping. Will be interesting to see what happens after posting my 'candling query' on day 8 ( see below) Amazingly, it's the 'completely dark' egg that is pipping - everything on the net told me this would be a no go . Fingers crossed it makes it and it's healthy. I'm so excited , it's better than Christmas Watch this space. It's now day 8, I've got rid of the one clear egg ( and it was clear )I now have 4 left which don't look as they are supposed to I can't see veins ( but I couldn't last year and they hatched - think my torch is not strong enough) two eggs I can see the yolk as a dark blob, can't work out if it's fixed or floating , is this good ? 1 egg I can see a dark bit but it's not yolk, the 4th, which I was sure was fertile seems to be completely dark except for the air sac- I'm assuming this is not good - it looks as though it's on day 20 not 8 please tell me the 2 with dark yolks are worth waiting for, or should I ditch the lot and start again . The eggs are under a broody so I don't want to wait too long before deciding to replace them.
  4. That's what I did with Muppet and her chicks last year - she was still mothering them at 16 weeks when I merged them with the original flock. She's a bantam silkie and her babies were faverolles - didn't stop them trying to snuggle under her wings at night though.
  5. I bought one from Aldi last year, I assume it's the same make. It's fine for trimming the leylandi but can't cope with any stems more than about 5mm diameter. I don't think that is because it's cordless , just what it's made to cope with. If you read the blurb on the box of most hedge trimmers, it should say what mm they can cut - I wish I'd got something that could cope with brambles etc
  6. So sorry, you tried so hard to keep him out as well. My run floor isn't slabbed or wired , but it is raised 18 inches above ground with concrete retaining wall on top of a concrete path on two sides, so no way a fox could dig in there, the other two sides are surrounded by a wooden fence and I've sunk wire mesh into the ground on the run side. I'm pretty confident nothing could dig through, but I hope it's never put to the test.
  7. Thanks. It's the 4th one that's surprised me , as when I candled on day 6 it was the only one I was sure of - but now it's gone from a blob to a big dark mass Have you found that a broody can tell if an egg is infertile ? I ask as the one I threw was my Australorps.I thought it would be clear as she is top hen and Dandelion is too scared of her to do the job properly but everyday I've found this egg( and only this egg) stone cold where Muppet has pushed it outside of the nest. I wondered if she either knows it's infertile or it belongs to the top hen and she doesn't want to sit on it
  8. It's now day 8, I've got rid of the one clear egg ( and it was clear )I now have 4 left which don't look as they are supposed to I can't see veins ( but I couldn't last year and they hatched - think my torch is not strong enough) two eggs I can see the yolk as a dark blob, can't work out if it's fixed or floating , is this good ? 1 egg I can see a dark bit but it's not yolk, the 4th, which I was sure was fertile seems to be completely dark except for the air sac- I'm assuming this is not good - it looks as though it's on day 20 not 8 please tell me the 2 with dark yolks are worth waiting for, or should I ditch the lot and start again . The eggs are under a broody so I don't want to wait too long before deciding to replace them.
  9. Hi Anne. I didn't hold out long did I ? I could get day olds, but the only reason I'm hatching again is because I want to see what Dandelions progeny look like - should be some interesting crosses But I chose the 5 heavier girls so any boys could go in the pot. If I replace them with eggs from the Araucana, cream legbar and speckledy I'm pretty sure they'd be fertile - but of course any boys would be a bit on the light side . Decisions decisions. Think I'll give it a couple more days, just to be sure , then replace them if they're still clear. Oh, and you never mentioned Polish when I last spoke to you - where did they come from ?
  10. Maya loved her quacky duck , the first one lasted a few months, when it was dismembered I bought a replacement that lasted a couple of weeks, the 3rd one I bought her lasted a few days. Now she just gets the extra tough chew toys
  11. I gave in and put 5 eggs under the eternally broody Muppet last weekend. One each from 5 of my hens - Dandelion is the dad. He does his duty with all the chooks, but he has his favourites ( if you know what I mean ). The 5 eggs I chose were from my favourite chooks - only one was a favourite of his. I candled them tonight ( impatient I know) and it seems 3 are clear, 1 possible ( Dandelions fave) and 1 weird - it's the Welsummers and though it doesn't look clear, it doesn't look as it should at this stage either Being as Muppet has only been sat a week and is doing fine, would you ditch these eggs ( including the 1 possible) and replace them with eggs from Dandelions fave girls - hoping for more fertiles? or go ahead and hatch 1 , at the most 2 chicks ? two would be ok, but don't really want to hatch just 1. I just feel guilty about ditching a week old fertile.
  12. My 12 yr old has been drinking tea and coffee for about 4 years. I started him on the tea, but I think he had his first coffee at school - not sure what the lesson was , but they were eating /drinking different things and I was amazed when he announced he wanted to drink coffee at home ( milky, one small sugar ).
  13. My Welsummer came back into lay just a couple of weeks ago - the last of mine to come back into lay after their winter break. Mine is the most timid of my chooks and has never crouched, so I wouldn't worry about that.I'd give them a couple more weeks , hopefully you'll have eggs by then.
  14. Dorkings lay white eggs and have a nice placid nature. My Welsummer lays a dark brown egg, but is very timid, my cream legbar and auraucana both lay identical blue eggs - the cream legbar is slightly less scatty than the auracana, but only slightly
  15. This is what I'm thinking. I've saved us £35 a month - still paying for Sky sports 1 & 2, but all I seem to have gained is a load of Freeview channels, which we get anyway, and the ability to record a load of BBC and terrestrial channels we don't watch
  16. I think I worked it out that last years chicks cost me £4 each in chick crumb and growers pellets . But they were under a broody, so I didn't have the cost of a heat lamp, still works out cheaper than buying POL - but you have to wait so loooong for those eggs
  17. Well I've left it a bit late to ask your opinions, having just signed up for the BT Vision Gold package and received our box this morning.Once connected I'm planning on cancelling our Sky package that we've had for years ( full package and complete rip off as far as I'm concerned).What I want to know is has anyone swapped from Sky to BT and found it all ok ? Now our box has arrived and I've looked into it properly it seems that the boys won't be able to watch their favourite programmes they don't watch alot of tv, but what they do watch is on Discovery channel and Animal planet - they also like Myth Busters and Futurama, am I right in thinking none of these are available with BT Vision ? I also managed to find the film listings - do you pay extra for everything listed under Box Office ? - there are a heck of alot of OLD films on there that have been knocking around on Sky Movies for years - can't believe we have to pay extra for them. The listings under Film Club - which I understand are included in the package, are all rather pants , is this the limits of the films available ? afraid I've made a rather expensive mistake and the boys aren't going to forgive me in a hurry I haven't cancelled Sky yet, but if I don't do it soon then we'll lose out on savings I made by swapping.Please convince me I've made the right choice!
  18. My silkie hen has her own little perch an inch off the ground, but for the last few months she's preferred to snuggle up in the nest box with the faverolles and silkie cockerel .
  19. Clip the long nails on some of the chooks - I have several 5 toed chooks and the fifth nail doesn't touch the ground, so often grows too long. They are nail clippers for cats,they work perfectly
  20. that was me last year. ( and I didn't remove the clears until I'd candled a 2nd time - just incase ) I wondered how on earth I'd managed to endure two pregnancies - those 21 days just took tooo looong
  21. Has she been wormed recently - worms can cause runny droppings. If she has, then Bokashi bran added to the feed can firm things up a bit. Also have a good look at the base of the feathers around the mucky bit to check there are no parasites , again, an infestation can lead to mucky bottoms. You can do as you are doing and trim the fluffier feathers so there are less to catch the muck - I have to give my Dorking a trim every so often, the feathers around her tail end are great poop catchers.
  22. After cleaning out the chooks this morning, I went into the run to do their weekly check over. Dandelion ( my silkie cockerel) is never pleased to see his ladies being picked up and poked about, but limits his disapproval to alot of clucking and running about - he wouldn't dare attack me. This morning he stepped up his protest, every time I put the nail clippers down he would pick them up and fling them across the run , while I was retrieving the clippers ( with a chook stuck under my arm ) he would knock the pot of mite powder off of the platform , he must have done this half a dozen times, I was almost laughing too much to keep hold of the chooks .
  23. I think Wernlas have a new policy of selling a minimum of 2 chooks ( obviously , you won't know about it until you get there)
  24. I think I would agree with your friends, that you've just been unlucky. Chooks do seem to have a habit of dying suddenly for no apparent reason - I've also had chooks who didn't look well at all and I expected the worst, but they pulled through and are still going strong. I've lost 6 chooks over the last few years , 2 seemed perfectly healthy, 2 were just a bit under the weather, and 2 I expected the worst.

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