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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Blimey - I hope that you are all being compensated Geoid
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    I have raised a fierce woman!

    Some of you might have seen this article in the press a couple of days ago; I sent it to Madam as she is studying in Edinburgh and uses that gym - so do I when I visit her. Weeeelll... she started a storm! Raised a petition (with 800 signatures and counting) requesting overdue action (this happened in January) from the uni on this matter. Sent an open letter to the Principal demanding that something be done, so this man has been disciplined and lost his job. Goodness knows, she has had her own issues, but I am pleased to have raised a fierce woman - all I ever did was teach her to support what she feels is right. I am glad that she did that. His sort of behaviour, and language is not acceptable in any way. That girl may have had a valid reason for not showing up, and she is someone's daughter or loved one. They will be hurting about this too. I hope that she has support while dealing with the news from the original article Nuff said!
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    Handling ex battery hens

    As the others have said, handling them about an hour after they have gone to roost is best - they will be more biddable and relaxed. Try not to hurry things as they need space to adjust to a whole new spectrum of stimuli. I get this question a lot on my courses, and one thing I suggest is minimal handling at first, especially if they are refeathering as those new quills are super-sensitive.
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    Updates from Devon

    It is another sink A - I have quite a collection now.. this one came from my parents' place when my dad sold it last year; it is a very heavy white and ochre one. I have to admit to not laying the patio myself - I came up with the design (reclaimed bricks and stuff) and a friend's OH, who is a brickie, laid it for me, with me acting as his labourer. I will post photos at the weekend
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    The Weather Thread #9

    The lovely heat from the weekend has passed now and we're back to more seasonal weather. Rain here today and a brisk breeze. Mind you, we needed the rain
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    Updates from Devon

    Nothing on your scale Val, but I have been reinstating the patio after the works - the random paving looks wonderful and I am re-doing the herb (Belfast) sink amongst other things. Tomatoes are in and look healthy. I will be planting some miniature thyme, mint and chamomile between the stones for scent.
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    Dog insurance v savings account

    OK, so I have always had my dogs insured, partly as a protection against costly vet bills, and also because of the third party coverage in case one of them caused an accident or damage. After years of very few or no claims, and escalating premiums, I am casting around for alternatives, so some sort of savings account which I can pay into monthly, but access immediately if necessary. Does anyone have any ideas or experience to offer?
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    Help rats!

    What did you worm them with?
  9. It would probably surprise you to know that I do exactly the same mine are on Aubiose on slabs, I never poo pick - life is too short - I just rake it through each week and sprinkle with Ground Sanitising Powder. The whole run gets mucked out when it starts to look manky. This depends on the time of year, how long they are in the run for and how many birds there are.
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    Dog insurance v savings account

    My plan (just need to execute it!) is to get a credit card (don't usually have one) which I will l keep for emergencies at the vet only. Meanwhile, I will open an ISA with the Nationwide and pay into that monthly, so that there are funds there to pay off the credit card if I ever have to use it.
  11. Yes, those are much smaller runs and housing. Not at all easy to get into.
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    Why won't they sleep in the Eglu?

    That's good news. Try incorporating the Nettex total mite kill ready t use spray (refills) and Buz Busters louse powder into your weekly clean - that'll keep any mites away. They can hibernate in housing without a blood feed for up to a year.
  13. Me too Do you have a mark 1 or mark 2 cube? The mark 1 run is larger and has a bigger door, so much easier to clean out. I tend to get inside and bag up the litter+ manure and then haul it out. It's hard work, but well worth it. I sprinkle the Aubiose litter in the runs with Ground Sanitising Powder each week, so there's no smell or bacteria build-up.
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    Updates from Devon

    Lovely to hear your news Val I was over at M&M's today, so saw her wee chickies... so cute. Her place is coming on very well and I have veg garden envy!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    I spent some of this morning lying on my tummy in a friend's paddock, watching her newly hatched Cuckoo Marans chicks... so gorgeous. Then we went on a very long walk with my dogs - must remember to print off an OS map for the area next time we do that as the walk description didn't really help.
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    Young hen stopped laying

    It could be that she has just stopped laying, but there are a couple of things to check first: What do yo feed them on and do they get any treats? When did you last worm them and what with?
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    I love the pic in the last picture - would you mind if I used it for something? Many thanks
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    Why won't they sleep in the Eglu?

    Did you mite-proof it when you hosed it out, and which products did you use? they might just be contrary and fancy sleeping outside - plenty of chooks do. Installing a ramp up into the coop might help.
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    Help rats!

    I will probably come to nothing - lots of folks keep chickens now and the environmental chaps are pretty savvy. If there is a complaint, they won't make you give them up without investigating first; you can invite them around for an inspection and send them off with some eggs. She's just looking for a hook to hang her hat on.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Looks like being another glorious day here - cool start (not as foggy as before) and clear skies. WoooHoooo
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    Help rats!

    It is highly unlikely that you are the cause, but if you keep chickens then the rats will try to get to the food or tunnel under the housing or run if they can. If you can demonstrate that you are keeping it spotless and taking anti-rat measures then I can't see that they have reason to complain.I would take the food in at night to take any food source out of rat-reach. I wouldn't worry too much about it at this stage; they were probably just asking questions of the neighbour to try to establish a cause. As you say, rats are probably more common in London than the country and they are probably more likely to be attracted to wild bird food/feeders, or rubbish bins that they can get into.
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    Why won't they sleep in the Eglu?

    I take it that you've checked for red mites in the Go! They are more prone to them than the Classic and mark 1 cube. Getting bitten will put them off wanting to go indoors.
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