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  1. Terribly entertaining...there are some sparrows that regularly visit our garden to take bits of straw & stray feathers to build nests with. However, this particular wily sparrow has caught on to where she can get a full supply of feathers! The chooks are sat around on a tire, and she sneaks around them - and then attempts to pull out a feather! Normally one already sticking out at an odd angle The chickens don't seem to mind, they just look around and scare her off without even having to get up. But her audacity is pretty suprising! Does anyone else experience a cheeky little visitor? She's hilarious to watch as she sneaks behind the chickens, and as of yet she hasn't been successful so the chickens don't mind either
  2. Also, just a suggestion, but if she's a bit unstable maybe she could do with something to make the eglu suface less slippery? (Not necessarily fixing the problem, but maybe easing the sympotom?). Keep playing it by ear, I really hope she gets better.
  3. A head tilt might be indicative of a brain problem, which would be why she falls over But I don't have any solid knowledge really, just what I've heard. Hope it isn't, and that she gets better.
  4. Just cracked the egg open - very soft shell, didn't break when it fell from her, but much softer than usual. Maybe that was why she was acting so odd.
  5. hi guys, Acorn was looking a bit quiet today, then she laid an egg outside whilst standing up (quite a weird thing to see) We think we may have disturbed her laying first thing, meaning she didn't lay inside. She's looking very tired now and seems to have sat down and be going to sleep now. Should we be worried? p.s. We have recently started worming them with Flubenvet, could this be making them a bit off?
  6. Yeah...our old (omlet) hens used to do that...and so do our new ones -.- seem to like it all mushy. I do advise you to try and clean it up...we let it get a bit damp last winter and the ground got all mouldy You can buy containers so they can't spill it...but where's the fun in that, eh?
  7. I think the classic is only suitable for 4 at max really...(sorry to be a party pooper). Of course, with bantams or smaller birds you could probably have more, I don't have any personal experience, but have heard mixed reviews of trying to mix bantams with full-size chickens. So at minimum to you could still get 2 more chickens Or maybe your 'temporary' housing could become...'permanent' and you could have lots of chickens! Anyway, I'm sure you will have lots of fun
  8. Ours use a tyre full of pete soil...sure they would love a flowerpot too tho have heard other people sometimes use sand or things...but ours love the soil they also love to dustbath in the vegetable patch...but thats not always appreciated
  9. When our hen started to crow in the morning, we shut the eglue door to block sunlight getting in so she wouldn't wake as early so as not to wake the neighbours at such an ungodly hour (it was 5am when she started). Doesn't solve the problem, but certainly made it less of a worry/nuisance. It seemed to be a phase as she eventually grew out of it
  10. We have lovely honey-suckle which the chooks ignore have had a peck of the berries but not to their liking (have heard rumour some varieties may be poisonous...but have never heard of any chickens getting ill from it)
  11. We use rooster booster whenever anyone is looking a bit down
  12. The end has come she can barely walk & has been ever so depressed. Tomorrow we're going to take her for her final trip to the vets. Think it's a combination of eyp and an internal infection, but it's cruel to let this go on any longer.
  13. Thanks guys, the vets won't 'treat' her at all, but she seems to be doing okay, things haven't got any worse so I think we'll leave her be for now...
  14. We have pellets...there is one trouble-maker who deliberatly spills them everywhere...no helpful advice here sorry to be of no use
  15. Phoned the vets today...despite previously giving her a check-up, they tell us they don't do chickens. So, there is a vet that does across town, however the first vet would have to refer us there and overall, without even medication the check-ups would cost £113 just for a consultation. This isn't very practical, as she is getting older and obviously chickens with EYP can go either way really...So a bit stuck Are there anyplaces reliable on the internet to order Baytril and Metacam (after research, this seems to be what people recommend) without prescription? Any other advice always appreciated too x
  16. The seller we recently got our chickens offered to pull out the flight feathers maybe lots of people do that, but I said it was fine we'd cut them ourselves (pulling sounds painful). Look at diagrams..there are probably some videos on youtube, once you've done it once you'll know exactly how to do it. But sellers would probably be fine doing it for you too...but they do need re-doing when they grow back anyway.
  17. How can you tell if its the septic kind that needs urgent treatment or the sterile type that is best left alone? She's eating and drinking but looks quite depressed and waddling. Haven't been able to get her to the vet today, but may be able to tomorrow.
  18. I think our chicken has peritonitis of some kind. She's been 'waddling' today and her stomach feels kind of fluidy. She's 4 and stopped laying ages ago, although recently she has been laying small squishy egg type things. How did you help yours? We will hopefully get her to the vet tomorrow (however knowledgable they may be), I've heard antibiotics may do the job. So basically, is there anything else we can do? Thankyou
  19. They've just started laying! (well Acorn has ) Lovely little 46g egg They haven't learnt to dustbath yet :L But we bought some Total Mite KIll Powder and put it on them. When we got them Sky had a brown dirt on her tummy...but after powdering them the mite powder is suspiciously the same colour...so I think someone must have known. But where we got them from they had only just arrived and the lorry was still there so probably not there fault. Hopefully it'll clear up soon. They are bizarre chickens though Don't get the idea of treats at all! Sweetcorn? No! Grapes? No! Mealworms? Meh. So Henny Penny has had 3 chicken's worth of treats And Acorn has the sweetest little voice - she sounds like Noddy's car
  20. http://wiki.omlet.co.uk/index.php?title=Chicken_Breeder_Directory
  21. http://wiki.omlet.co.uk/index.php?title=Chicken_Breeder_Directory ^There's the link Or else just google it
  22. Meet... Acorn & Sky!! Our gorgeous new girls have finally arrived to keep Henny Penny company Sky is a White Sussex hybrid & Acorn is a Warren hybrid. Both lovely, although Acorn has had a few pecks at Sky! Very easy to handle compared to how our omlet chickens were when when we first got them - although that may be more to do with us! Aren't they beautiful?! p.s. seem to have some sort of black mite/flea type thing any advice?
  23. Henny Penny thinks she's a cockeral she went through a faze of trying to cock-a-doodle at 5 in the morning -.- but luckily she seems to have grown out of it

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