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The Dogmother

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  1. Bit like the boy lamb then! 😂, well, he's missing one. We might be getting the tail end of that snow in the early hours, M&M is further west than me, so would possibly get some. It has got colder through the day, and we had torrential rain in the afternoon.
  2. 😂 bantams which lay in the winter? Sorry Someone's telling you porkies I'm afraid; all will slack off or stop laying when they moult, although possibly not in the first year if they are a late hatch. They need some 'common elements' to make both feathers and eggs - to produce both would take too much out of them.Mine generally moult around mid-late October and usually lay a few eggs before Christmas, then it gets dark and cold, so the eggs tail off again and restart in earnest in early February, but this largely depends on daylight levels and weather. I wouldn't sweat the small stuff about toys and things at this stage - just get the basics right and go from there.
  3. But does their metal paint dissolve rust residues like Hammerite does?
  4. I see that a part has snapped off - be aware that the plastic of the newer versions is brittle and this increases with age and weathering. I don't know if they will accept paint as well as the polypropylene models, so it would be best to practice on an out-of-sight area..
  5. And in moderation and at the end of the day, so that they eat their pellets as the main part of their diet.
  6. It is best to keep her housing and run in sight of the others Peter, so that they can become accustomed to each other through the mesh, while they free range around it. We recommend that you introduce more than one bird at a time - single introductions usually fail. There's a sticky on introductions in the FAQ section.
  7. OK, so neat chicken manure is too strong to go straight on bedding plants and needs to go through the compost first. However, you can dig it neat into a fallow veg plot in the winter and it will break down enough for veg. My composters are all full of chicken manure and Aubiose, so my neighbour takes all mine for her allotment.
  8. The spiral leg rings will fit any size legs as they expand. Very odd that they are breaking - do you think they are more brittle plastic , like those defective bumpa bits that Omlet was sending out? I have a chook (one of 'twins', so I need to tell them apart) who has had the same spiral leg ring on for at least a couple of years. I got mine form Cotswold Chickens, if you want to try some of theirs.
  9. I would look a bit later, in a month or two when the breeders have built up some stock.
  10. I was thinking that one would be fun, but: a) the lurchers would kill it b) I don't have time to do what needs doing, let alone play with Vectors. They are cute though.
  11. You're right - people who tried membrane some years back found that it trapped mould and 'poop soup' underneath. Mine are slabbed underneath, with Aubiose inside, I have kickboards round the edge to keep the litter inside and it stays clean and dry for ages.
  12. Same here - I have a lovely neighbour who loves to look after them when I am away.
  13. Golly F, what a shock for you (and your dad) good though that you managed to remain calm and get immediate treatment. I hope that you get better soon and are able to get back to the job that you love. Lewis, that is a lovely gift, and you gave the dog and her family the most dignified situation in which to say their goodbyes. I know how much it means - my last lurcher was PTS at home, where she was surrounded by love and sossidges.
  14. Apart from the hybrids and Leghorns on my grandparents smallholding, I have always had bantams - all the cats in the neighbourhood are terrified of them, so I wouldn't worry on that account. I have a mixed flock of several different breeds, but I wouldn't recommend Polands to start with - they are pretty high maintenance.
  15. ................. which is why they make such delicious cakes
  16. You'll need to get busy picking up windfalls then :) Depending on the breed, the eggs are roughly 2/3rds the size of a hybrid
  17. Same as for full-sized hens, and yes they do need a pot of mixed grit to feed from. Bantams are just smaller sized chickens, although my builder remains adamant that they are a different type of bird entirely!
  18. They have a shallow lip, so the food gets raked out. Bear in mind that all chooks like to rake food out with their beaks and then scratch through it with their feet. A gravity feeder with a 'hat' to stop them perching on top, or a trough like this are best IMHO. they come in different sizes. Believe me, i have tried all sorts of things over the years.
  19. We had some Dutchies once - very sweet, but quite delicate and hardly ever laid. Araucana bantams will give you blue eggs once they settle down to laying, they are hardy birds and lay the longest each season.
  20. *Ahem* I think that my friend Prudence is needed back here on the forum We need a little clarification here.... the DEFRA regulations, and here (and sheer common sense) are that you may not feed your birds kitchen scraps, which includes any animal by-products; this is primarily to avoid any cross-species spread of disease, but also for the health and welfare of your birds. They originate from forests, so are used to feeding on grains, seeds, leaves, small bugs, worms and small mammals. There is no place in their diet for processed human foods containing fats, sugar and salt - they just cannot process this stuff and salt and sugar can build up to alarming levels in their bodies, as was illustrated by a bloke who came on one of my advanced courtesy because he couldn't; work out why his birds were all dying... he was feeding them mashed potato, pasta and marmite on toast, "because they like it"!!!!! Layers feed may seem boring to us, but it contains all the nutrients that they need to stay healthy, and just a few dark green leaves at the end of the day, when it's winter and they are scarce in the garden suits them just fine and keeps your flock healthy. And there endeth the sermon.
  21. The amount of free ranging time is irrelevant, I'm afraid. I get asked this a lot on my courses... you have to factor in that your birds will spend a good deal of time int he run when it's winter and the daylight hours are short. Then there are days when you are out all day and they need to stay in the run....... PLUuuuuus the winter shutdown if we get an AI prevention zone set up.
  22. Bear in mind that if you have a Go Up and no extension on the run, you can only fit 2 full-sized birds - the run is MUCH smaller than the Classic.

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