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    Cream Legbar vs Aracauna

    As with any hybrid, you will get a chance that they won't lay blue eggs, so be guided by ear lobe colour when choosing your bird. If you want to be certain of blue eggs, then get an pure breed araucana
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    Forum upgrade?

    Oooo, 'appen we've had a forum upgrade - I now get notifications, and the emojis have changed 😊
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    Cream Legbar vs Aracauna

    I have araucanas.... very good, reliable layers, take a break from laying in the winter, very hardy and healthy, rarely broody. Mine lay dug-egg-blue eggs. They are mad as heck though, even after they've started to lay, not particularly bright and don't much like being held. I only had one CLB, and she was similar. What I do like are Blue Angels; a araucana/white leghorn hybrid from Cotswold Chickens. They are sightly built, white with grey/black splodges and 90% of them (be led by earlobe colour) will lay a large pale turquoise egg. Still mad though.
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    Forum upgrade?

    I think that's always been the case Patricia; when I modded, we had an annual tidy up of unused memberships, and there was a surprising number which registered and then never posted. I think they might have just hovered in the background, but if their last log-in was more than 2 years previously, we used to take them off.
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    Biotin supplement to help moulting birds?

    I use this too, and also sometimes pop some Biotin in their feed if it's a really heavy moult
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    Christmassy chicken photos

    Do any of you have Christmassy photos to share? I could do with them for something I'm working on Thanks in advance
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    Log fire question

    My old neighbour always puts ashes on the path outside when it's snowing or icy; it drives all the neighbours mad as it then gets trekked through their houses, even after you've wiped your feet. I get the shovel out and burn a few calories shifting the snow instead. I pop our ashes in the chooks' dustbath or on the compost, a neighbour also has any extras for her compost.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Good grief it is cold here this morning! Just off out with the dogs, and we're bundling up in our coats.
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    Hens in a cube

    You'd be surprised at the number of folks I come across who have no run whatsoever Lewis - happy birthday! XX
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    Roundworms and help re run

    My runs (cubes mark one) are all covered entirely with glass clear market stall tarps, using bungee hooks to angle them outwards at the bottom so that the rain runs off. I have Aubiose in the runs and it keeps dry and doesn't get muddy. Any dampness in the litter will only exacerbate worm egg issues and eventually foot problems if they are standing in mud and wet. I have fashioned 'porches' on the front of each run, with sheets of clear corrugated plastic wedged under the tarps so that they protrude about 18" over the front of the run. This helps to stop rain from blowing in.
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    Cube Mark 1 Humidity

    I don't see any problem with the humidity that you mention, and I also wouldn't cover the coop unless the night time temperature is below -6 at night. As living creatures, hens, like us, excrete water when they are breathing. So when you get a load of them in a coop overnight, then you will get a build-up. So long as it is aired (much as you do with your own bedroom) each morning, then you won't have a problem. I have seen the mark 2 Cube and would (personally) not bother with one; the mark 1 is MUCH better made.
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    Roundworms and help re run

    It's hard to keep the run clear in the damp winter months, isn't it? My runs are all kept covered wit clear tarps and have a litter of Aubiose, which I rake through weekly with Nettex's Ground Sanitising Powder. I dose them with Flubenvet quarterly to keep them as clear as I can. Hope that you get it sorted
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Oh well, the mildness continues. We had darkness and rain yesterday - the brief excursion by the sun was mostly missed, as I was in a meeting. Was blowing an absolute hooley last night, not helped by the fact that I am currently sleeping in the attic bedroom while the rest of the house is worked on. It was very noisy even with earplugs deployed. The flock was securely tucked in last night, and are fine. Just off to the park with the dogs to see what damage has occurred down there.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    That is brilliant news Jude 😄
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    *snorts* Sorry, had to laugh, considering your line of work!!!!
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    Kicking out wood chip

    Tanalised timber secured along the bottom of the run, or old railway sleepers will also be fine. I have used plastic lawn edging and cable ties in the past, but it tends to perish after a couple of years.
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    Stoat attack

    Personally, I would build a secure enclosure with leccy through it, but while you are planning that, cable-tie some small gauge weldmesh around the bottom of their runs; stoats 'can' climb, but might well be put off by this. Stoats are protected in Ireland, but not in mainland UK, so if you know of someone with a ratting terrier...... A neighbour's ferret used to get out of its (frankly ramshackle) cage on a regular basis, and would end up in my garden. It was pretty tame so I could scoop it up and take it back before it set on the flock, but I made it plain that if it happened again, then my lurchers 'might catch it' funnily enough, I haven't seen it loose since.
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    Kicking out wood chip

    Stick some kickboards along the bottom; I have them and the Aubiose stays firmly in the run.
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    Forum upgrade?

    I agree K - not a fan of the newer format either. To be fair, the numbers were dwindling before the upgrade - the same with a lot of other forums too, so not just us. K will remember the old days when we'd all be on here until late at night, like a comfy cafe all chatting and having fun. Quite outrageous at times too!
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    Hatching questions

    That's a good sign - mine moulted early and are all feathered up now - if we get some sunny days, then they might come back into lay before Christmas.
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    Mite in bedding

    Try Aubiose, it is much more resistant Also, set up an extermination programme; scrub out and burn the bedding, spray the whole coop inside with Total Mite Kill pink (ready to use) spray, then powder with Buz Busters Louse powder. Repeat every 3 days until you have knocked them back and then revert to using those products for your weekly clean. You might benefit from using an Ivermectin-based preventative spot-on quarterly to prevent any ecto-parasites.
  22. Nope... they are more like the Go! Thin, tinny plastic and MUCH smaller than the mark 2 🙄
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    The Weather Thread #9

    😂 Well, we had a lovely morning and the builder made great headway on the patio. I took the dogs out about 2.30pm and ran into drizzle as we drove over to Great Tew. It is raining here at home now, but still really mild.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    It is so mild today that I woke up feeling too hot, and now have the back door open. Clouds have lifted, there's a little blue, and crucially.... NO RAIN The builder working on the patio should be finishing today, after struggling through the rain yesterday. I am going to muck out the chooks, then spend the day either walking the dogs or having a bit of a clean indoors to try and get some of the grit and dust down from the indoor building work.
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    How cold is cold?

    I leave the cube doors open unless it falls below -6deg at night. I bring the water in at night in extremely cold weather and use Snugglesafe heat pads under the drinkers during the day. I don't block up any ventilation holes and have clear tarps over the runs.