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    New girls

    Legbars are nuts - it's the blue egg gene! I had 2 Blue Angels from Cotswold Chickens - an Araucana/Leghorn cross; beautiful birds, and really good layers of big, pale turquoise eggs, but absolutely nuts until they came into lay.
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    New girls

    Yep, looks like a rumpless Araucana.
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    New girls

    Nice looking birds Andy, and a good selection. Watch that mad Leghorn though - trim her wing or she'll be off! I'd suggest keeping her in the run for a couple of weeks so that she builds up a homing instinct. The black Marans cross looks like she is either laying or just about to start. They usually produce a plummy hued egg.
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    Longer days with a light

    Exactly. Extending 'light hours' causes them a lot of stress, much as you find in battery situations. They are designed to take advantage of the shorter hours to lay less or stop laying, moult and get a rest. Try to keep their habits as natural as possible.
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    Hot day for my ladies

    I hate to sound like a worn out record, but chickens should not be fed on human, processed food Peter - they have no way of processing dairy, sugar or salt. Please stick to their layers feed with the odd treat of deep green leaves or the odd iced cucumber or apple.
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    DD got hurt on holiday.

    You do have to be careful about infections in humid environments, I'm sure she's aware of that though. Oh, the joys of bucket washing when travelling I still remember that and it was 35 years ago!
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    Solo travel

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

    Awwww, what a lovely photo Lewis. She did do well
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    Solo travel

    I was once surprised by a chap I was seeing - he had booked us on a day tour to Bruges.... very sweet of him, and Bruges was lovely. BUT it was on a coach (we had to leave at the crack of dawn) and with lots of folks who all wanted to get to know everyone and have a sing-song.
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    Moulting and itchy feet question.

    Could be - did you up her B vit intake with some NutriDrops? That speeds up feather growth and is also good for any nervous afflictions that occur around moulting time.
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    Solo travel

    Me three - my idea of hell would be either a cruise or a coach holiday.
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    Eye Mask for Sleeping

    surely that was dated 1st April!
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    Moulting and itchy feet question.

    I am guessing (without having seen her) that the feathers are bothering her as they emerge. Some chickens are just more sensitive than others... bit like us humans. Sudocrem is good.
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    Sleeping and pooing in the nesting box

    Little Dutchies have a great wingspan to weight ratio - I had one which was nicknamed Boeing as eh was a brilliant flyer!
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    Sleeping and pooing in the nesting box

    I used to have a hen who could flap up over the partition, so there's a chicken wire 'screen' wired onto the top of mine.
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    Sleeping and pooing in the nesting box

    These trugs are far too small for anything useful, apart from this role.
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    Sleeping and pooing in the nesting box

    I find that the smallest TubTrug fits in that hole very nicely and blocks off the nestbox at night.
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    Cuckoo Moran suddenly less alert than other hens

    TBH, it's hard to tell - those symptoms could be pretty much anything; I would just treat what you see - lay out extra feed and water stations and add a good poultry tonic to their water - Vit Boost or Life-Guard are good. Keep an eye on her and see what develops. Chickens are very good at hiding any ailments, so it's often hard to tell what's going on.
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    Feather Plucking

    Having mites will make them irritable and pecky - best keep them on a prevention programme.
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    Solo travel

    When I travelled alone (which was quite a lot) the reason was because I wanted to be ALONE, not part of a group and not compromising for another person either - very selfish of me, but i was single anyhow. We all need to do stuff on our own to help us grow and for that vital me time. Having said that, it teaches us a lot about ourselves and our capacity for adjustment for our loved one, if we compromise every now and then. It's important to honour the other person, without counting and keeping tall. My OH and I live 2 hours apart and leave very separate lives, but also love being together. There has to be an element of trust, and both of us prefer not to live together; it's not that we don't like being and living together, just that we each have full and interesting lives and enjoy both doing things we both enjoy, and other stuff which we do alone. We may go on a trip and start off the day together and then end up doing our own stuff.
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    Damaged intercostal muscles / stress fractured rib

    With you on that one - world's worst patient!
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    DD got hurt on holiday.

    That sounds par for the course - scaring the wits out of you one minute and then fine the next
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    Why are they roosting outside in the rain?

    Best get onto that prevention programme pronto!
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    Feather Plucking

    Absolutely agree - they have relatively simple neural pathways, so easily learn new habits, which need tackling promptly. I would spray each of them lightly with some anti-feather pecking spray (be careful to abide by the dosage as you can make them woozy with too much) as a preventative and get some bumpa bits - and circlip pliers - in so that you're ready if it continues. If you are able to identify a ring leader who they are copying, then isolate that hen in a broody cage for a couple or 3 days. It is important to stop this quickly as it can escalate really quickly into cannibalism, and once they taste blood there's no stopping them! Do I remember that you live not that far from me? I am happy to pop out and have a look at the problem if that will help.
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    Damaged intercostal muscles / stress fractured rib

    can I suggest a 2nd opinion? Not saying that isn't what it is, but I had something similar about 10 years ago and it turned out to be pleurisy!

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