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  1. Thanks so much will get some today. No I don't put lime in the run - do I need to? What does this do?
  2. I noticed that Betty - a Miss Pepperpot, has lost her feathers from the underpart of her chest and under her legs. She has a few feathers on her breastbone, so you wouldn't notice unless you looked, but none eitherside. It's been like this for a few months, but hasn't got worse, but hasn't improved either. Her skin isn't sore, but it is dry and a little flaky. I've checked the other girls and they have the same lack of feathers, but not quite as bad. I have changed their bedding from Aubiose to wood chip to see if that makes a difference, but it hasn't. Betty sleeps in the roosting bars at night whilst the others squeeze into the nesting box where there is straw. Is there anything I can put on her skin to relieve the dryness? Is there anything else you can suggest I can try? Thanks so much. x
  3. Our pond isn't huge, but it does have rather a lot of green pond plants floating on the top. One day, when I call my lovely chooks, Betty looked up and decided that rather than going round the pond like the others, she would make a very quick detour and go straight accross!! She got as far as the middle and thankfully the pond plants kept her afloat!! Quickly, I managed to lean in and pulled her out by her neck before she sank any further She was rather ruffled and her lower feathers and legs covered in pond weed, but survived the ordeal and hasn't been near the pond since! Since then, we still let them out to free range, but keep a good eye on the pond area. So far they haven't been near it thank goodness!!
  4. Hiya I've been feeding mine Bokashi too. Their poo is slightly lighter green and definately less smelly. They seem to love it with spaghetti & garlic powder!!
  5. Ohh I'm soo excited for you. I could barely sleep the night before my girls arrived! Make sure you cancel everything in your diary and also make lots of tea and cakes as you won't want to leave them for long, and everyone will want to come round to be introduced. You wait, it wont take long before your husband will be chatting away to them and loving them to bits too. We've had ours since May this year and its been the best thing we've done! We absolutely adore them and give us hours of entertainment just watching them. God definately had a sense of humour when he made chickens - they're brilliant! Have fun and do let us know how you get on!! xxx
  6. Hiya I gave my ladies a lovely small old tin bath and filled it with play sand (I drilled a few holes in bottom to allow it to drain). They all came running over to see what it was, jumped in, pooed in it and then promtly started to dustbathe - wait for it - just outside of it in the grass!!! So, I put the tin bath over the top of their dusting area and they soon made another dusting area in the lawn ,the other side of the tin bath. Great! So now, they just use it as a sand pit and jump in it every now and then. So glad I went to all that trouble. Bless 'em. Good luck with the delivery of your ladies & cube - have fun! xxxxx
  7. We have put ours on an old concrete slab in the garden where our LPG tank used to be. Then topped it with auboise - great stuff. We put an electric fence round the cube so when we are in we let them out into this area for a wander around. They haven't rucked up the grass here - only in once place where they use it as a dustbath! Congrats on your order - I hope the wait isn't too long for you. xxx
  8. No photo this time, but will have the camera ready when I get home this evening!
  9. I came back from work yesterday to find Betty roosting on top of the glug in her cube run, facing outwards! When my OH went over to let them out, she couldn't quite work out how to turn round to jump off. After much manoevering and feet slipping into the water she managed it. I have to say she's not the brightest chicken - love her, and I think she may also be deaf, as she never hears me call her. She only reacts when she sees the other three running towards me if I have treats. Still, very clever to have a bit of a foot cool on a warm, autumnal day! Anyway else experience this? xx
  10. Hiya Tatjana Mine also seem to have a peck at the auboise every now and then. When I blast away their poo on the grass with the hose - there are little bits of the auboise in it, so it looks like it just goes straight through them. They don't appear to be any worse for wear for it!
  11. I was rather suprised on Saturday to find 5 eggs in the nesting box, as I only have 4 chickens! I had 4 eggs on Friday which I had removed, and was rather amazed to find 5 on Saturday afternoon. 2 of the eggs were a lot paler and smaller than the others and I'm pretty sure that Doris had laid them. I'm assuming that she may have laid one of them in the early morning and the 2nd later that afternoon? We had 4 again on Sunday, so it doesn't seem she is taking a break after such exertion. I've only had them for 3 months - has this happened to anyone else? Should I be worried? Doris is an absolute dustbin and will eat anything and everything that looks remotely edible, so perhaps she over did it on the food front and put her system into overdrive? Interested to hear your thoughts and experiences. Thanks xx
  12. Hiya - How exciting for you! Sounds like you are all prepared and ready to receive your girls. I've had mine for just over 3 months and absolutely love having them. For treats they adore:- - sweetcorn (I tie a whole cob up with string and hang it from the roof of the run - which means it takes longer for them to gulp it down) - same with brocoli - also mashed potato (cold) - with a spot of marmite in it, - toast & marmite - cold spaghetti / pasta - this is hilarious watching scrabble around for this - dried mealworms - cucumbers - courgettes - tomatoes - grapes - peaches /pears / plums and the list really goes on and on. the only thing I've been advised not to give them is avocado. I've only just wormed them this week for the first time (flubinet), and they were fine with that. I haven't used garlic powder, but have some order, so not sure of quantities etc Have fun tomorrow! x
  13. Chickenlass, thanks so much for directing me to House of Bath. That is exactly what I was looking for!! Ordered - job done! I know I would be able to rely on my Omlet forum friends! Thanks for all your suggestions. xxx
  14. Durr - I didn't think to ask the milkman!! I'll do that this weekend - thanks for the advice. Cheers x
  15. Hi there, I've looked everywhere online for a milk bottle cooler - something for the milkman to leave the milk in when we are out at work, so that it doesn't spoil. The trouble is, the majority of people now get their milk from the supermakets so have no need for a cooler I suppose. Anyway - if anyone can point me in the right direction, I would be very grateful. Thanks so much
  16. Hiya Just wanted to let you know that I took Louie to the vets last Friday. She still had a runny nose which hadn't improved for 7 days. The vet gave her an injection, a good look over and I'm now giving her anitbiotics every day by syringe. A quick £42, but she is worth it Her runny nose cleared up within 24 hours which is great! None of the others have caught her cold (yet), but am keeping an eye on them. Thanks for all your advice - it really helped. Lynne x
  17. Thanks so much. She still has slightly runny nose, but have put citricidal in her water and will keep an eye on her. She seems absolutely fine apart from this. Will keep you posted.
  18. Hi there I've had my 4 lovely ladies for 2 months and have to say it's the best thing we've ever done. They are all laying 1 egg a day and doing really well. Except, I noticed today that Louie had a bubble coming from one of her nostrils and her beak was caked in mud. I cleared it off with damp cloth (which of course she wanted to eat!) , but she still has a slightly runny nose. Her breathing is OK and apart from a snotty nose, seems fine - laying, scratching, eating, drinking and generally enjoying herself. Should I be worried? Should I wait and take her to the vets on Monday? Any advice would be very welcome. Thanks
  19. Fab news Dawn! congratulations on having your first egg. Such a moment of wonder - and they are so perfect too!! We've only had our ladies for 6 weeks and we are getting 2- 3 eggs a day now - I love it. Trouble is, I seem to be getting rather a lot of egg requests from family & friends, so haven't eaten many. Probably just as well or our cholesterol level will be sky high otherwise! How many chooks do you have? What are they like? Anyway, glad to hear that you are enjoying them! xxx
  20. Just wanted to let anyone know who read my 1st note, that Betty is OK. We left her for about 4 hours in the conservatory and gave her some water through a syringe every 30 minutes. She was very sleepy and crouched down, and didn't want to eat or drink. However, the next time we looked, she had got out of her cardboard box and there was pecking at the door, looking at us in the lounge. She seemed so much better and when we went in there was a massive long soft egg on the floor which had burst with two yolks! No wonder she was feeling a little off colour having a double yolker as your first egg! We've put her back with the others and she is back to her normal self - eating and drinking. Louis was clucking around so we put her in the cube nesting box and she started to scratch away in there - could be another egg on the way!!
  21. Just wanted to let anyone know who read my 1st note, that Betty is OK. We left her for about 4 hours in the conservatory and gave her some water through a syringe every 30 minutes. She was very sleepy and crouched down, and didn't want to eat or drink. However, the next time we looked, she had got out of her cardboard box and there was pecking at the door, looking at us in the lounge. She seemed so much better and when we went in there was a massive long soft egg on the floor which had burst with two yolks! No wonder she was feeling a little off colour having a double yolker as your first egg! We've put her back with the others and she is back to her normal self - eating and drinking. Louis was clucking around so we put her in the cube nesting box and she started to scratch away in there - could be another egg on the way!!
  22. Thanks for your advice. I have just posted there.
  23. Hi there I've had my chickens for 5 days now and up until yesterday they were all really well and enjoying their new home. However, Betty became very quiet last night and didn't go to bed by herself, so I helped her up the ladder. This morning, unlike the others who couldn't wait to get out into the rain, Betty just stayed in the cube with her eyes closed and looked very sorry for herself. Her symptoms:- Lethargic, runny poo, not eating or drinking (made a few feeble attempts at the water), very sleepy. I have bought her indoors and is now in the converatory in a cardboard box with water and grapes - she is just sleeping. She does have quite a full crop (its not hard) so I thought it might be compacted? We managed to pour a teaspoon of olive oil down her throat and I massaged the crop, but that doesn't seem to have done anything. Would really appreciate your help and advice. Thanks so much Lynne x
  24. Hi there I've had my chickens for 5 days now and up until yesterday they were all really well and enjoying their new home. However, Betty became very quiet last night and didn't go to bed by herself, so I helped her up the ladder. This morning, unlike the others who couldn't wait to get out into the rain, Betty just stayed in the cube with her eyes closed and looked very sorry for herself. Her symptoms:- Lethargic, runny poo, not eating or drinking (made a few feeble attempts at the water), very sleepy. I have bought her indoors and is now in the converatory in a cardboard box with water and grapes - she is just sleeping. She does have quite a full crop (its not hard) so I thought it might be compacted? We managed to pour a teaspoon of olive oil down her throat and I massaged the crop, but that doesn't seem to have done anything. Would really appreciate your help and advice. Thanks so much Lynne x
  25. Hiya Amy - lovely to hear from you! I was thinking of you yesterday as I know you mentioned you were going to collect your ladies then. Really pleased all has gone well - I'm sure they are absolutely delighted to have found a lovely new home with you. Do let me know how you get on. I've let my chooks have the full run on the enclosure today - and they seem to be very happy just milling around. They weren't even bothered by the lawn mower/tractor that my husband used this pm. I gave them some cooked spaghetti today and just like at the hen party they went mad for it! Very funny! Take care and "speak" again soon! Lynne x

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