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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.
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    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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    Opening and Unpaid Case with E Bay

    Some users do this bid or offer on something, then shuffle off back into their burrows for the next decade - it does annoy me, and my listings have clear terms in the footnote, with regards to payment times. This way I can refer to those terms if there is any delay. I am (as you'd expect ) pretty direct with them and message to ask them to pay up (for the nth time of asking) by X time on X date, and say that if they don't, I will cancel their offer and relist the item if they'd care to bid on it again. So long as you're clear in your messages, eBay will see that if there is any dispute, and realise that you have been more than patient/helpful. If he does 'neg' you, then you can appeal to eBay to have it removed, and they will check your correspondence. May I suggest a message along the lines of: "Hello, many thanks for your bid of £20 on my item number ****** on [date]; I have since messaged you twice advising that I will post as soon as I receive your payment, but not heard anything. If you are still interested in this item, please could you expedite payment by [time] on [date] and I will post it immediately. If I don't hear from you before that time, then I will assume that you are no longer interested and cancel your bid so that I may re-open the listing for the other watchers. You would be welcome to join the auction again provided you are able to honour your offer/bid with a payment." I hate folks who do that - it happens on Freegle too.
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    New keeper, first time chicken problem!

    It 'could' be NFM, which I can see with the naked eye, but I can't see any in the photo, they move pretty fast, so it isn't easy to catch sight of them. i would have to check her over to be sure. It looks to me like a standard bit of feather pulling to me.... that site is typical and that's a scab where the skin has been broken. It is SUPER important to stop this asap so that it doesn't develop into cannibalism when they develop a taste for blood. I would suggest fitting a bumpa bit to the aggressor to prevent any escalation. It is worth checking them over for mites and lice anyhow, and putting a good prevention programme in place as you would with cats an dogs. As mullethunter suggests above, a chicken-savvy vet would normally recommend a spot on containing Ivermectin.
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    Top of eglu ripped off overnight

    Had you thought of wiring any new perimeter fences up to a car battery? So long as it's clearly signed, you can do that. I have a set of external webcams by a company called Blink - they are powered by 2 AA batteries, which last around 2 years. There's a central hub, which can take up to 10 cameras. and has a decent range.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Spur heel... very painful F. Try some gel heel cushions from Boots - they really helped when I had it.
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    Top of eglu ripped off overnight

    Hmmm, horrible situation to be in - can you ask neighbours if they spotted anything or have seen footprints? I would rig up CCTV (I once had a situation (before the days of domestic CCTV) when a lunatic was walking across local gardens and nicking my eggs. I put a note on the egg ports to the effect that the hens were being mediated with a particularly strong worming med, and that eating the eggs was not advised and could cause problems to humans - never had a problem again!) Hope that you get to the bottom of this.
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    Top of eglu ripped off overnight

    If it was a badger, you'd expect to see claw and tooth marks - they would have taken the eggs too. Could it have been human vandals?
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    Baby chick lying on its side

    This sort of behaviour is sometimes caused by a Vit B deficit; try it on a teeny dose of NutriDrops.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    I originally thought it was a hedgehog poo until it moved
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    The Weather Thread #9

    NaaahNahhh, we got it all - torrential rain, and thunder off to the west of us.
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    Strictly 2019

    I still catch Strictly - it doubles my weekly watching time when it's on!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Ok so I abandoned the gardening as we had some downpours and it was getting muddy. Some claps of thunder, which the app shows as being 35km to the west, brilliant sunshine now. typical English weather!
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    Chicken-cam!

    you're not kidding! Having finished much of the building work at home, I am setting up a webcam network using Blink internal and external cameras..... the cameras operate on a battery, but the connecting hub needs a power source. Got the cameras and hub cheap on eBay.
  16. Have a look at the breeder and stockist lists at the back of Practical Poultry magazine.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Just found this critter in my garden - an Elephant Hawk Moth larva - big b*gger, which reared its head up when I walked past - chickens enjoyed it!
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    Chicken-cam!

    No idea if you don't have a source of power - sorry.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Damp enough here to make digging over easier
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Crikey. Sunny and blowy here this morning, but much calmer. Shifted 200 bricks yesterday, to lay as paths between the beds in my garden. Going to just leave them in a pile for now as some of them need cleaning up and then stacking.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Yes, I love storms too, just that one of my dogs doesn't I was trying to think of a dog walk, which doesn't involve too many trees - not easy hereabouts - got there to find a tree down and blocking the lane!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    We had quite a bit of rain overnight. Today's been one long gale, with squally, hard showers. The sun's out now and it is lovely - just VERY windy.
  23. I agree with Beantree - on both counts; there are a lot of thefts of livestock and vandalism of coops on allotments, but I guess that you have weighed up the risks. I don't buy from auctions, unless they are the more informal ones where they are happy for you to inspect the birds. If you are a first-timer, this isn't an ideal way to get your first flock, and could well end in tears (seen it happen on here enough times). I usually buy, either from a local bantam breeder, or from the sale pens at poultry shows. I am guessing that you possibly aren't in the UK.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Good to see you again
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    The Weather Thread #9

    We've had it in waves, and it has been lovely in between. Solid rain now though.

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