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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
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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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    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.
  5. Bigger Better build Larger run More robust I use either hanging gravity feeders or troughs with anti-climb protectors, see below:
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    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.
  7. 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.
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    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.
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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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