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  1. How about :- Connie, Gerta, Lottie, Tilly, Norma, Betty...I could go on and on......!
  2. I look forward to news about your new arrivals on Saturday and in time any pics you manage to take of them. Good luck on Saturday.
  3. I have got a spare Eglu that you can have for nothing. Unfortunately I live in South Shropshire which is rather a fair distance from you so it is probably not much help to you. I hope you manage to work out suitable accommodation for your 3 ex-bats
  4. Hi freddie Just found your post - how awful to come home to find your poor hen killed in this way . Was it a bantam that was killed or a standard sized hen. From your description it might have been a female sparrowhawk. They suddenly swoop on their prey (a pigeon or other medium sized bird) turn it on its back, de-feather the chest area and start eating the flesh on the chest. It would explain why only one hen was taken and why it was left lying on its back with it's chest cavity exposed. I am sorry to explain it so graphically but even though sparrowhawks are magnificent birds I hate the way they eat their prey live. I have sparrowhawks in my area and witnessed their strikes and kills several times; it make me feel sick every time I see it. My 6 bantams recently witnessed a pigeon being killed by one and I found them all squashed together in the corner of the coop traumatized. Have you seen any sparrowhawks in your area. I have planted several bushes in my garden and my bantams have learnt to run and hide under them whenever a sparrowhawk appears close by but I am always conscious that one of mine might be taken one day.
  5. So sorry to hear about your sad loss of Dumpling. I have never heard of this happening before and wondered if a post mortem would reveal anything about the cause of death. It is really awful to lose a much loved hen that you have developed a special bond with and I hope you get some answers. Hugs
  6. This vexed question comes up every winter - preparing the run for the winter weather onslought. I solved my problem by covering the entire run with window-clear tarpaulin, leaving air spaces at the door end. Ventilation doesn't seem to be a problem and this system keeps snow and rain at bay as well as wind (which they hate). For the run I used a 15kg bale of Hemp E bedding from Flyte so Fancy which is enough to cover a 2m run, (spreading a generous layer of staloson first before adding the Hemp E bedding). The poo literally disappears into the bedding and there is no residual smell. The bedding only needs changing twice a year ie removing all the old bedding down to the soil before adding the new. I've done this for 3 years and find it works really well. The girls love dust bathing in it as well. Hope this helps.
  7. Yes they do look happy and relaxed together. Perhaps I shouldn't worry too much about them.
  8. Hi All Yesterday evening the errant Evie decided it was less scary roosting with her sister inside a secure coop than up a tree on her own so a good outcome. Evie and Lily roosting high up a confier tree Evie on her own
  9. Your'e right zackjon-98, there is less poo in the morning and as expected Evie was up soon after dawn this morning and scatching about in the garden on her own before the other bantams were released. I have tried intervening half and hour or so before bed to entice her into the secure run, but it has become a bit of a game to her running away from me and giving me the run about. I am hoping that when we start to get seriously cold or wet weather she will make up her own mind to come into the coop at bedtime. I'll keep you posted.
  10. Hi smartrus I do place a saucer of chopped cat food in the run to entice them in at dusk. The trouble is only one bantam responds to this treat which leaves the other one (Evie) who runs off under a bush and makes herself unreachable. She has ended up 15ft up a fir tree on her own for tonight. It is the first time she has spent the night on her own so I'm hoping she will behave herself tomorrow night.
  11. Hi All I am struggling to get my 2 new bantams (White Sussex) into their run & eglu at bedtime. All my other bantams troop off to their eglucube bedroom at dusk without me having to do anything. During the day all the bantams FR together in the garden during the day. The breeder I got the 2 Light Sussex bantams separated all the different chicks early in their life and placed them in one big run together where they ran wild, the younger ones doing their best to avoid the older chicks. I picked my 2 up when they were 9 weeks old and boy were they wild. Until their were POL I kept them in their own run and coop. It was when they integrated with my other bantams that they showed the inclination to roost in the trees. Up until now I have enticed them into their run with their favourite treats. Now only one responds and the other persistently stays outside and gives me the runabout as I try to grab her and put her into the coop. They are now 26 weeks old and should know where to go to roost by now. My dilemma is - do I let them follow their natural inclination and roost in the trees and what happens in the winter when cold winter weather sets in? I am now at my wits end Any advice or insights gratefully received.
  12. Not too much sun here at the moment but warm enough and NO RAIN. It is a pity there isn't a webcam showing your girls activities so you could check on them.
  13. Your're not sad at all (in fact you are very normal in hen keeping terms). I expect they will be glad to see you on your return from your holidays.
  14. So sorry to hear about Myrtle but at least she didn't have to suffer the stress of going to the vet to be pts. I expect her companion hens will miss her for a while (not to mention yourself!) RIP Myrtle and hugs to you Irene.
  15. They have had their routine upset so may take a week or two to settled back down to their regular egg laying habits. I am sure they will get round to laying eggs again when they are ready. Good luck.

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