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Salop Chuck

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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.
  16. Fingers crossed for your poorly hen when you take her to the vet this morning. I hope it is a good outcome for you. Please let us know how you get on.
  17. So sorry for your loss. I am afraid hens are very good at hiding illness and it is especially difficult to spot changes in health in the quiet ones who gently steel your heart and then unexpectedly pass away. They are always greatly missed . Try not to be too hard on yourself.
  18. So glad it went well for you. Good to hear the chickens you bought are happy and healthy. Enjoy
  19. I personally don't entirely trust this supplier - it is reminiscient of some guy in Africa in boiler house share dealing or purporting to inform you that you have just inherited some money and you just need to send £50 administration fee. I think it is the bad english and the gushing praise of his stock. Nothing is ever that good. Your supplier needs to have a proper address and telephone contact number. Look up the name of his firm on the Inland Revenue site to see if he has submitted annual accounts. Ask around to see if anyone has bought stock off him and even drive over to his set-up and have a sneeky look. If you do decide to buy from him then leave your carrier in the car while you have a proper look at where the main body of hens are kept. Follow your instinct and be prepared to make some excuse and walk away if you are not happy with the health and welbeing of the hens. Mind you it could be that I am just a suspicious so-and-so and ultra cautious but it doesn't hurt to check things out and follow your own instinctive feeling.
  20. Blimey What amazing preparations for your new girls - I hope they appreciate all your hard work . I think you have done more than enough and all that is left is to collect your newbies and enjoy them alongside your older girls. All that is required now is pictures of your set-up - it sounds wonderful
  21. I agree with jackrow re Stalosan F - my local Wynstay Country Store sells more Stalosan than any other bedding and run sanitizer so that's saying something. I have used it from the word go and wouldn't use anything else. Also it is widely available, which helps.
  22. I bought Poultry Shield (a multi purpose cleaner and Red Mite eradicator) to dilute and use in plastic bottle with a pump stray. At least once a month I sweep out the loose stuff first and then spray all over and into all the crevices with the diluted Poultry shield. All the chicken poo and dirt that sticks like glue to the plastic just melts away. I leave it on for an hour and then wipe over with kitchen roll. It is a really easy regime to follow and takes no time at all. I have been doing this for over 4 years and swear by this product even though it is a little expensive to buy in the first place. The bars and dropping trays get checked over once a day and after knocking the poo into the compost bin I generally give them a quick wipe over with a damp kitchen roll. Hope this helps.
  23. My Light Sussex girl, Connie, is very loud and brash, having the most awful loud scheeching call. In the morning between 5am and 7.45am (when I open the coop door) I can hear her demanding to be let out. I sleep in the front bedroom and their eglucube is at the bottom of the back garden so her voice carries quite a way . Fortunately my neighbours either side are very tolerant (softened up with free eggs) but I don't take that for granted.
  24. I saw a post by Omleteer mini5 entitled 'pics of Monty, Milly, Molly & Mandy pekins' with show the hard mesh in place on the eglucube ladder and installed a similar system on my ladder. It has worked extremely well and gives the bantams something to grip on when they go up or down the ladder. Hope that helps.
  25. Hi Duncan Yes they need grit (without oystershell) - its called 'chick grit' and is fine enough for chicks up to 12wks to cope with. I bought a 1.5kg tub of 'Fine Flint Grit for Chicks' for £2.69 from Flyte So Fancy. I recently bought 2 x 9wk old Light Sussex bantams and they seem to know what to do with it. The breeder said she adds it to their Growers pellets. I have carried on doing the same but also placed a small amount in a cage pot and they seem to know what it's for. It might be possible to buy a small bag of chick grit from the breeder when you pick up your chicks - it won't hurt to ask. Good luck and photoes please when you can

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