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About FlyingRamses

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  1. Thanks all for kind words, hopefully the foxes will not find her, now covered in roofing tiles as well!!
  2. Very sad to report one of my first hens, Daisy died today, she was 4 years old so had a good innings, she has been slowing down last few days and quietly left us this afternoon. Could not face bagging her up so buried her and we planted a prickly plant over the top of her to hopefully discourage foxes. Will really miss this friendly and chilled out bundle of showy white feathers strolling around the garden!! FR
  3. Little blighters are everywhere it seems!! I had one stand about 5 feet away from me at the bus stop one morning, it was in incredibly good condition and very impressive to see I must admit!!
  4. Not in my case, the bantie eggs have always been blue but I know excess feeding of treats like corn can impact egg production. I think the corn fed chickens you can buy in supermarkets are force fed corn for months, hence the yellowy flesh, would never buy one knowing what the poor old hen has been through! FR
  5. Just as I thought, best to keep them safe and enclosed. I love the idea of them roaming free all day and putting themselves to bed but I guess that is a non starter!! I guess the folk I know who keep theirs out are real country folk and the odd fox attack is acceptable to them and all part of country life, they just hatch some more or buy from a neighbor farmer. Ah well, city boy will stick to the same Colditz stylie run and housing once he moves to the country. Thanks all. FR
  6. Thanks for all the advice, sounds like bin bags are the way but I will struggle with a couple of the girls who love it when I come into the garden and sit on my shoulders like parrots and half fall asleep as I chat or whistle to them . . . am I getting to close to my chickens, hahah?? I could not bag them up!! Burial is definitely not happening again, especially in my rock hard clay/soil, will check cost of disposal with my vet I think as a second option after bin bags!! Thanks for that link Witzend. FR
  7. Thanks all for the advice, glad it is a case of keeping them on the layers, that is what they enjoy the most. As for corn, they love it, the fresh stuff and the harder dried type of corn. Just need to keep the bantams off too much of it as they continue to lay lovely blue eggs!! Dreading them keeling over having had them for so long, they love mooching around the garden with me and my colleagues are amused when I tell them how much I enjoy going home at the end of the day to hug a hen . . . . I am the strange one in the office!! Thanks again all! FR
  8. Hi Bit of a miserable topic but does anyone have any tips on disposal of chickens after they have died. I buried one of my hens, Marge (full ceremony of course!!) in about 2 feet of heavy clay type soil two months ago. We had the harrowing experience of a fox digging her up at the weekend and proceeding to run around the garden with her, bits falling off everywhere and feathers galore . . . . not good, especially as pet dog wanted to join in the 'fun'!! Had to bag her up and dispose of her with the household waste, smell was just horrendous. Is it better to just take them to the local vet for disposal or is there something I can use to repel foxes from the burial area? Sorry for the rather grim question!! Thanks FR
  9. Hi I will be moving soon from Essex to the West of England, probably Wiltshire/Hampshire initially. Does anyone know of any areas in that direction that are fox free or is there no such place in the UK!!? My location is Essex is teeming with urban foxes and it is a big problem, impossible to leave the girlies out unattended. It would be nice to be somewhere where I need not be so worried about it. Only place I know of is Jersey!!! I have been to several places in Yorkshire and Wales where chickens seem to roam around free all day with no constraint so I assume there are places where there is not such a high fox population. FR
  10. Hi Does anyone know if I need to be in any way changing my hens diet as they get older? My first three hens are 4 years old now and are not really laying eggs anymore, just the odd thin shelled one and they are definitely slowing down in the garden. Quite a sad time for me having had them for so long and I just want to ensure their last few months are as comfortable as possible. Thanks, FR
  11. Hi I just rescued a couple of chickens from a friend who needed to get rid of them quicky as she has been posted to the Middle East. The hens are in super condition and very friendly. At present they are in their own section in my run close to but not in direct contact with my 5 other hens. This morning we found one of the hens eating her freshly laid egs with the other already devoured. Not sure if it is one hen or both of the new hens doing this. I understand this can be difficult to resolve but I can't put the hens together until this is sorted or they could damage/eat all the eggs before we get home. Any advice as to how to deal with this would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance. FR
  12. Hello all, thank you so much for the kind and helpful comments. We took Petal to the vet yesterday and she diagnosed a chicken version of knee dislocation, a slipped tendon which cannot be repaired. Good news is that she will learn over next couple of weeks how to best walk with it and will be absolutely fine although we must watch for possible arthritis as she becomes and old lady!! What a relief!! Both my wife and I and the vet were very concerned as she was thoroughly examining her leg and then realised she had dozed off like she was getting a fantastic massage, hilarious!! So, no x-rays and a bill for £38 which seemed fair for 30 mins time and some anti-inflammatories! Thanks again all, hope this will reassure those of you with similar concerns. FR
  13. Hi One of our bantams is unable to walk on one leg very suddenly, she holds it out in front of her and can't put weight on it. She is eating and drinking and seems okay in herself but just hops around. Anyone have any ideas? Her leg is warm to touch and she does not seem to be in any pain when I move the leg around. I am inclined to just leave her and see how it goes, even if vet x-rayed and found it dislocated or broken, is there much they can do? I understand hens can cope with one bad leg and as long as she does not deteriorate I would rather not mess with her. Let me know your thoughts! Thanks FR
  14. Good luck with this, it all became very difficult for me as I was trying to stream via my BT homehub which changes its IP address regularly, I subscribed to DynDNS Updater which helped a bit but it was very unreliable. There are several pet watching sites so it can't be that difficult!! My goal is to feed the video to my iPhone wherever I am in the world, of the hens or our dog when everyone is out!! Will let you know how I get on. Check out www.EyeSpyFX.com which is what I am hoping will get me back up and running, it is not proving to be as simple as they say though!! Rgds FR
  15. Hello! Some advice please. I have been using Easibed on my hens run for a year and it works well. We have a puppy in the house now and he keeps finding bits in the garden and eating them (ususlly mixed in with the hen poo he enjoys eating so much ), on two occasions he had to go to vet as it gave him problems with his intestines, £800 (luckily insured) treatment the first time!!!! He is a v small pup but being a Toy Poodle will never grow very big so this may always be an issue. I read on a US chicken forum that lots of the yanks use sand in the run and it works well. Has anyone in the UK tried it? If I can use something that will not harm the pup, it will keep everyone happy!! My run is concrete paving based at present with the Easibed on top, I would like to replace the Easibed with sand. Run is covered but does get some rain in when it is windy. I just wondered how absorbent it is, is it ok if the hens eat some and how easy/often I will need to clean it out or even replace the sand. Is sharp sand ok? Any advice would be much appreciated. regards FR

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