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  1. The Dogmother

    Countryfile Live

    OK, so the 'side entrance' was set up by the estate to allow free access to the residents and families of Woodstock, but many more know of it; it makes use of one of the many footpaths which cut across the estate... known as 'the green gate'. There's a link online here or just park in town and walk up towards the Black Prince pub and it is just before that on the left...... a double green gate, which goes into a private drive, but is in fact part of a footpath. This gives you access to the general grounds, but not the formal gardens or palace. I used to spend hours walking around the estate with Rosie in a pram when she was small.
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    Can hens use rabbit bedding?

    You can use that for both - generally, avoid straw and hay for chickens
  3. I would start them early on the tonic and Biotin thing... a couple of mine started a mini-moult when it suddenly got cooler and wet. I use this Biotin
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    Chickens in the heat

    S'up to you Peter - ask any poultry vet and they'll say not to give it to them. Any deviation from their natural diet - seeds, grains, leaves, berries and small creatures - isn't a good idea. There are quite a few things that their digestive system isn't geared up to deal with and this is one of them. About 15 years ago, there was a bit of a trend towards giving live yoghurt for digestive issues - we all tried it, but it didn't do them any good in the long run.
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    Chickens in the heat

    Just a reminder to provide plenty of: Cold water - I have frozen some plastic water bottles (part filled) and put them in the drinkers to keep the water cool. Chickens cool down by excretory heat transfer.... cool water moving through their gut take heat from their internal organs (this will result in slightly splatterier poos, so don't worry unduly. Shade - create lots of shady areas if you don't already have them. Mist the grass or ground with cold water as that will cool the air and also help them to lose heat through their feet. Stress relief - they will get easily stressed in this heat, so keep them calm and pop a good quality poultry tonic containing B vits (such as Vit Boost) in their water to keep the stress levels down. Don't forget that their normal operating temperature is around 105deg, and they can't sweat like us, so keep an eye on them in this hotter spell.
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    Yes, it has similar ingredients. got to laugh, just checked their website.... I did some freelance work for them about 10 years ago - product development and trialing, and they've STILL got me on their website and doing a product review for the tonic
  7. The Dogmother

    Countryfile Live

    Yes, I use that gate sometimes, problem is that they usually have sheep grazing though, so I can't let the dogs off. We really MUST get round to meeting up!
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    I'f you've got Beryl's, then use that anyway, but you might have Vit Boost tonic; that has pre-and pro-biotics in it. I sometimes give ours some grains form the kefir we ferment.
  9. I didn't read all through your post, but t sounds as if she had a very heavy moult, which can impact the immune system and also their neurological system too. I would treat her with NutriDrops immediately, and for 4 days, dosing as per the packaging. Add Vit Boost tonic to their water and Biotin to the feed. The latter is available from horse feed stores. She needs the Biotin to help her grow new feathers and the extra B vits to help her nervous system.
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    Can hens use rabbit bedding?

    Depends on what sort of bedding it is - give us a clue. When we had rabbits, they had shredded hemp bedding (Aubiose) the same as the chooks.
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    Great news - just make sure that she gets plenty of probiotics to support her gut function
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    Chickens in the heat

    Erm, not a good idea to feed them dairy - they might like it, but they can't digest it. Best stick to cold water
  13. The Dogmother

    Countryfile Live

    I can see the problem with Blenheim - there is a good surrounding network of roads, but once you get close to the estate, the roads are narrow, and the town itself is easily clogged by traffic.
  14. Bigger Better build Larger run More robust I use either hanging gravity feeders or troughs with anti-climb protectors, see below:
  15. The Dogmother

    Opening and Unpaid Case with E Bay

    I know - it comes in waves, doesn't t? I'd kick that last one into touch if I were you, and relist the item.
  16. Welcome to the forum A couple of tips Dan..... Get a Cube mark 1 - plenty on Ebay and they are FAR better than the mark 2. You will need a run attached to your housing for times when you are out all day, darker days, or when there's an Avian Influenza shutdown, and they need to be in a covered run 24/7. They will be up and about much earlier than you expect, and needing to spend time in the run, eating; so, unless you are prepared to be up and letting them out at 4am in the summer - a run is essential.. One last point.... you'll need a run to confine them to for the first couple of weeks while they build up a homing instinct (much as when you move house with a cat) otherwise, you'll let them out of the coop and won't see them for dust. I use this time to train all of mine to return to the run when I whistle and there's no bother getting them in when needed.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Brrr, nippy here this morning at just 9deg, but clear skies, so hoping for a sunny day to get the washing out as I am working at home. The mornings and nights are suddenly darker now......
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    I know, we are always more close to the ones we have to nurse.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    After a cool and blustery start, we've had a fairly nice day, marred by the odd very heavy shower. I was in the office today and popped out to the post office at lunchtime, as I drove back, I codul see the rain advancing along the road towards me! i ended up sitting in my car, waiting for a break to dash into the office, did this and got my brolly up, but still got wet from the knees down when it started again.
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    Good idea to get her started on that, can you get some NutriDrops into her too? A really good poultry vet might be able to work out what's ailing her, but I think that your initial description leads me to think that she's a 'failure to thrive' case. I would just treat what you can see, as it presents and keep her comfortable. You are keeping an eye on her, so you'll see if she doesn't eat. I think it's just a case of keeping her relatively comfy until the inevitable happens....... I'm sorry.
  21. The Dogmother

    Countryfile Live

    Now you mention it... wasn't there some issue about that proms-type even that they run?
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    The Weather Thread #9

    I hate to tell you that yesterday was lovely - warm and breezy. Just right. This morning is sunny with clouds and showers.I have a course today, and although they are indoors, it would be nice if I wasn't lugging stuff around in the pouring rain.
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    Top of eglu ripped off overnight

    Is it possible to rig up some leccy fencing around that area? It's horrid when this happens, and even worse when you just don't know what went on, so are unable to prevent it again.
  24. The Dogmother

    Countryfile Live

    I am guessing that they would all like it at Stoneleigh - which is where the Royal Show used to be; that has excellent facilities, as does Moreton-in-Marsh.
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    Messy eaters!

    I use the galvanised troughs with the ant-climb guard on it to stop the little cluckers climbing in or pooing on the food

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