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  1. Hi Patricia W, Many, many thanks for your advice. I will remove the sleeping bags in the morning and carry on monitoring the situation. Very helpful advice, I will keep the forum up to date.
  2. Hi, i started getting concerned as four of my girls were cuddled up in the nesting box so I assumed they were either cold or in a draft (I think that’s the wrong soelling lol). interesting what you say about the mk2, perhaps I will follow my instinct and go for a second hand mk1. cheers
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    Eek ! The Bain of the poultry keeper. i had an infestation a couple of years back and saw two rats this year. In response and to cure the panic I purchased two rat proof chicken feeders. Worth their money in my opinion. Haven’t seen any rats since. Even put up hubbys night camera with movement sensor and it found nothing so I am happy. I have two feeders for six medium sized hens. If you have mixed sizes they would be difficult as you need them a certain height from the ground (hen shoulder height). As one of my girls is an Araucana I have one a little lower but it doesn’t seem to stop the others using it. May be different for bantams though.
  4. Yeah, that makes sense. I will still monitor it though I think, as I have the equipment. As I said ocd 😌 I originally bourght the thermometer as they were all cuddling into the nesting box at night, therefore too cold. I put the sleeping bags on top and this helped considerably. Only Annie goes into the nesting box at night now and I think it’s because she used to get pecked by Ingrid. Then Ingrid was killed by a bird of prey - hope it choked ! All my girls are traumatised and won’t go into our wood anymore. Hopefully In time they will forget and go back in as they used to love it there.
  5. Many thanks, I was having a mild panic about this. Seems so high compared to household recommendations of 50% it only goes to show you shouldn’t believe all you read on the internet as I read that it should be 40% to 46% ! i don’t get condensation of any sort inside. I am a bit OCD when it comes to my girls and clean them daily, remove offending items from poop trays and a quick wipe inside the cube, turn over the barley straw in their nesting box etc.
  6. Hi, mine also don’t like the omlet feeders, they don’t like putting their heads into something and leaving themselves vulnerable - that’s my theory anyway, I saw a couple of rats and had a bit of a panic so purchased rat proof feeders from amazon. They are great and the feed seems to last a lot longer. cant add poultry spice or garlic powder though as the powder seems to clog it up. highly recommend.
  7. Hello and thank you for reading my question, I am hoping that someone out there has a solution for me. i decided to see the temperature range inside the cube during the winter to see if my 4 girls are warm enough. I can’t afford a cube cover at the moment so I have covered my cube with two unused sleeping bags and moved it to a covered sheltered area. The sleeping bags do not cover any of the ventilation slots on the cube, the are on the top and side where the egg door is. the thermometer I purchased stores the min and max temperatures and they have been fine but my concern is the humidity lows and highs. These are averaging at a min of 60% and max of 80%. This seems way too high. I have tried opening the poop trays a little and even leaving the door open a little but I cannot reduce the humidity. Has anyone else out there done any research into humidity inside cubes ? I have read (internet sites) that high humidity is a leading factor in spreading coccidiosis. i also see that the mark 2 has far more ventilation than the mark 1. i am open to any advice. Many Thanks
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    Me too, in her sleep tonight would be good. Shes been a lovely bird, not cuddly but strong and somewhat cranky. Full of character. She was always the boss. Always kept her girls in place. Like some kind of school mistress, complete with beak shaped cane. I will miss her ... A lot Thanks for helping me thru this
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    No lice, mites, fleas, ticks nothing, in fact, that creeps, crawls, visits or slithers. When you say let her go, do you think ... I should call on the abilities of my neighbour ... Or let her go in her own time? I know she wont get better, it will only get worse, looks like i have answered my own question I will visit marie tomorrow
  10. Totally know how you feel about not taking her back to the breeder, I have a hen, Susan, who is the ugliest bird ever - two broken toes, one missing toe, a broken top beak and I'm sure she is cross-eyed but if I'd taken her back we all know what would have happened to her. We don't get many eggs from her but she's part of the flock and deserves more than a chance. Hope all goes well for you,
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    Update, It seems that she has been pulling her own feathers out. She is barely eating too. I have given her the most comfortable environment I can but I think she is simply old and senile. A very sad time
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    Well, Yes and No, I separated her 2 days ago by putting a temporary fence inside the chicken run with our reserve hen house (a compost bin). She still has lots of space as do the others, they can see each other, make faces and do little dances back and forth. Bluey is better in that she is not losing any more feathers but she is definitely a sad old bird. I am feeding her a grain & corn mix as there is no need for her to have layers and I thought it might put some meat on her bones as she is getting frail. I have noticed that she poops as much as the other 5 put together. Each morning I remove poops from the trays and the last two mornings has been a marked decrease in poops. Especially runny ones. Now I have my sensible head on I think I can honestly say that I doubt she'll last till Christmas (sniff sniff). I haven't taken her to the vet as I really think that this is down to old age, there is no physical injuries or oddities about her. I feel her body is just shutting down and to take her to the vet would only stress her more. We had a little cuddle at lunch time and I gave her some tinned sweet corn (her fave) which she took eagerly. If she lasts a couple of weeks I'll put Pepper in with her (quiet, gentle little bird) and then introduce them together to the other four. Hopefully this will give the superior ranks a bit of a shake up. Keep your fingers crossed for her. I think time will tell on this one but I'll keep this post updated.
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    Yes, I have already prepared for that. We have a local farmer with chickens who will come and do the deed if necessary. I will not see her suffer. (big swallow, deep breath).
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    Hi Dogmother, I don't know why I didn't think of it without being prompted. Seems obvious now. Perhaps panic made me forget logic ? Thanks guys
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    Thanks Grandmashazzie, I will do that and see how she gets on. I've been a mess all day, I'll keep you informed ...