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  1. **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    I have been up in Ednburgh for a few days - visiting my girl; after the last couple of years of illness etc, she is much better now and doing so well; I couldn't be prouder. We've had a lovely time,and I have cleaned their kitchen - as you do! I also met up with ANH and Louise from the forum. Great to have mostly good weather too.
  2. Sour crop

    If someone comes with a bird with sour crop, then I recommend to empty it (carefully) then to syringe feed 2-3ml of neat apple cider vinegar (ACV) into her beak for a couple of days and keep her on just water and pellets. Going forward keep the diet free from treats, especially fruit, and add ACV to the water a couple of times a week. Buy live ACV from a horse feed supplier
  3. Hmmm, can't see that I would need them - I have cubes with long runs and they are easily moved with 2 people.
  4. The Weather Thread #9

    It has been lovely up here in Edinburgh, really quite mild. It is always windy here, but it's been warm enoug to go without a coat. My dad says that it was too hot to sit in the sun dahn sarf.
  5. Hens not eating Layers feed

    If they are left in the run with nothing else to eat, then they will relent and even eat pellets they aren't fond of. What brand are they? Some makes such as Dodson & Horrell aren't much favoured; mine are happy with Smallholder layers pellets, which I occasionally mix with some Doctor Green co***** layers mash. They get virtually no treats.
  6. Hybred Bantams

    Do you mean 'hybrids'? These are usual large fowl, which are a mix of various breeds to produce a hybrid that's a placid layer. Bantams are pure breeds and technically a breed for which there is no larger counterpart, although the term is used generically to describe the small version of large pure breeds. Pekins are lovely and fun birds, true bantams, but inclined to go broody at the drop of a hat!
  7. We've decided to get chickens!!

    Pekins are great little starter hens, but are inclined to go broody, so please read the FAQ section on broody hens first. Please don't allow your dogs to mix with the hens, nor to bark at them or in up to their run - it will end in tears as chickens are easily shocked and inclined to die if treated like this. I have 2 working lurchers and would never put them in a situation where they would be tempted for their natural instincts to take over, when faced with a domesticated prey animal. They know not to run up to the birds' run, nor bark at them, and they never go out when the birds are free ranging.
  8. Introducing one chicken to existing two

    As the others have said, this sin't something we'd advise, and I am concerned that the supplier allowed it to happen. The only remedy would be to set up alternative housing, which is what should have been the starting pint anyhow (see the FAQ thread on introductions) and to take out the new bird, plus a more compliant one from the existing flock. Keep them separated as you would normally with an introduction... Not least for isolation and quarantine, let them get used to each other for a couple or 3 weeks, then gradually to the existing flock as per the introductions thread.
  9. Plenty of experience of cubes on this forum! The housing is less of an issue - they all tend to roost together anyhow, despite having plenty of room. You need to allow an ABSOLUTE minimum of 1m sq per bird in the run, not forgetting that with the cube, the first meter is under the housing. If you have a 2 metre run, then I wouldn't put any more than 3 birds in it; I think that it isn't wise to get a cube unless you have at least 2 extensions on the run, so 3 metres of run length. Mine have long runs like a train, and they are easily covered with clear tarpaulins too.
  10. Hatching questions

    I use Ivomec Eprinex, not licensed for use on poultry in the UK, under the instruction of my poultry vet. It's marketed as a cattle pour-on. There's an old post of mine in the FAQ section, detailing the dosage. All my birds are dosed quarterly with it and it keeps them lice and mite free.
  11. The cost of Flubenvet

    If they are shut in the run with nothing else, then they will eat them
  12. Hatching questions

    She might struggle to cover that many TBH, although there will be a few duds that she will probably reject anyway, or you will reject when you candle at 7 days. As you know, I would'nt touch a Go, but have hatched many times in a Classic. Make sure that you have a non-slip flooring to put in for the first week or so while the chicks are finding their feet and their legs are strengthening. I used to use that rubberised stuff that the sell to stop thing slipping around on trays, or stop rugs from moving. Ebay eggs will need to be rested and turned for a couple of days before you set them, make sure that the bird has had preventative lice/mite drops before you start, spray the broody coop liberally with total mite kill and then powder with Buz Busters. She will be in there for. Awhile, will be getting nice and warm, which mites love!
  13. The Weather Thread #9

    It was really hot on Saturday, but rained on Sunday. Lovely again today after a cold start. Now up in Edinburgh with Rosie and we've had a lovely day
  14. Poorly hen?

    Have gentle feel of her abdomen and see if it feels soft or hardish and heavy; hard to tell without seeing her, but sounds like peritonitis to me - that can cause heavy breathing as the fluid puts extra pressure on the internal organs. If it feels turgid, then you'd be best to take her to a chicken-savvy vet, although there's not a lot that can be done I'm afraid
  15. The Weather Thread #9

    It has been miserable most of this week - misty, drizzly and cold

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