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  1. Only one hen??!!! They really don't like to be kept on their own, not at all - this could be a source of the problem. Can you get her some friends or have her rehomed? It isn't fair to keep her in solitary. I would add at a rate of 1 teaspoon to a litre of pellets, drizzle a little cod liver oil on the pellets first. Try not to feed too much protein as it can cause kidney and urate issues.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    It's gone straight over my head I am obsessed with looking at the weather maps at the moment - mainly because I am remodelling the garden (in what little spare time I have) and it is either too wet or too hot at the moment! We seem to be wedged between a band of rain up the west side of the country, and storms on the right. Nothing here, but it is considerably cooler.
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    Worms in chickens

    All birds will need worming unless they are kept in a bio-secure environment - the absence (or presence) of worms in their dropping is no indication of whether there are worms present in the gut. You will need a regular programme of testing/worming.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Some storms showing in an arc up from London to The Wash, very heavy storms over Germany and some in France. We could do with a bit of prolonged soft rain.
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    Worms in chickens

    If you're not sure about the scale of the infestation, then worm once for 7 days, leave 3 weeks, then worm for another 7 days. I would support their gut flora with something like Herbal Gut Conditioner and then send off for a faecal worm egg count (Westgate labs) after you've done both sessions. It's best to keep on top of it with regular testing/worming
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    The Weather Thread #9

    We have rain here Well..... heavy showers!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    MUCH cooler here this morning, lovely in fact. No rain yet, but more clouds today.
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    Blackberries and damsons

    I would freeze them until the others are ripe and you have enough to do anything meaningful with. On the other hand, you could get all reckless and toss them into an apple crumble. I have been picking loads of Victoria plums form my tree before they go rotten or the wasps take them!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    There are some storms off the west coast of France, which appear to be heading this way. Others are still bubbling away in central Europe.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Our forecast says showers late morning, thunder at 13:00
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Just looking at the lightning map, and there are storms in Spain, which are working northwards, and a whole load, which were in Italy and eastern Europe, and are very slowly working their way up. Not a breath pf wind here today and the washing on the line goes from wet to board dry in a few minutes!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Oooo, could do with a little rain right now. It is really BAKING out there. Took the dogs out first thing, then at 10am for a walk through shady woods with a friend, the loons are now stretched out on their beds, fast asleep and twitching in their dreams. I am working outside again today, under a parasol, but have to come inside every half hour to cool down!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    It was 34deg on my patio this afternoon! The chooks have a frozen water bottle in their drinker, and the dogs are happy enough camped out on the cool stone floor in the kitchen. Luckily, this house is quite cool in the summer.
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    A year already!

    Yummy - on my way!!!! Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver? I recommend it to all self-sufficiency folks.
  15. No, sorry - that's what they do once the colour has gone, it is gone. I had some of the first Eglu Classics, and they all faded, when I mentioned it to Omlet, their response was "they don't fade". The mark 2 versions (Go and Cube 2) might not as they are made from a different, more brittle plastic instead of the more robust polycarbonate which Omlet originally used.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Yes, I like to think that too - her owner was understandably shocked. I usually smother with citronella spray when I walk along that river; it's really odd; I can be walking with a friend and it's just me who gets mobbed by them... must taste different. It is still unbelievably hot here - I am taking my time with the job in hand, and working in the shade where I can. Water butts now all empty again
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    Top of eglu ripped off overnight

    good luck with persuading OH!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Hmm, ankle is now swollen and aching, it will go down. Different day here now - clouds gathering and more humid. I don't think it is as hot as yesterday.
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    A year already!

    The size of that tomato!!!! I am so glad that your dream has come true K xx
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Very hot and oven-like here yesterday, will be working outdoors again today - under the parasol where possible! Beautiful here now, so going to get the dogs out while it's cool. Was up at the crack yesterday - rescuing a friend whose dog had had a heart attack in a field in the middle of nowhere. Poor dog didn't survive, but she went on a beautiful morning, doing what she loved. Got bitten to pieces by horse flies!
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    Countryfile Live

    Yes, it's open only on a Wednesday and Sunday, although you can visit that park (free) any time and the tearoom for free when there's an open day. I think we've missed the fete this year - that's usually in June and is great fun - a proper old fashioned one, and a re-inactment too. A good place to meet up is the Yurt at Nicholson's in North Aston - lovely food and superb cakes.
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    I hasten to add that that was a long time ago, and 'one' has aged since then!
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    Countryfile Live

    Yep, up for that. Last time I went there, there were free ranging sheeps, so the dogs stayed on their leads... not a problem though. Broughton Castle, near me, often has sheeps on the loose too.
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    *snorts*
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    Countryfile Live

    It's not at all far from me, so let me know when you are coming up, and I can meet up if I can get away

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