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About laurmurf

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  1. laurmurf

    I'd just like to make an announcement...

    Congratulations Cathy!
  2. laurmurf

    External vacancies and internal ones.

    There's no requirement to advertise posts at all, much less externally. An employer can recruit however they want. An employer is only required to show they haven't discriminated on a "protected characteristic" if challenged: one way they defend themselves is by showing they've recruited fairly and, in that case, by advertising widely. They'd be more open to criticism for not looking after staff who are 'at risk' of redundancy as it sounds in your case, keyhole Kate.
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    External vacancies and internal ones.

    My employer is very careful about which posts get advertised externally and/or internally. Internal adverts are used when there are staff at risk of redundancy and we are keen to redeploy them or when a job is going part time, for example, and the spare hours might be interesting to existing staff to boost their contracts. It is never done cynically. Even if we have strong internal candidates, when we advertise externally, then they must excel to get the job over any external candidates. I'm delighted when an internal applicant gets a promotion because it means we've offered the right kind of support and training to "grow our own" and it then means there's a vacancy to backfill so still opportunities for others.
  4. It's fine to keep them together, he's only practicing
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    Will they go to bed in bad weather??

    we have several who prefer to live outdoors and up trees all year round. I did have to watch out for frostbite on combs in the depth of winter, but otherwise it's fine. They're not bright but they do have some smarts along with all the stubborness!
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    Baby chicks due any moment! Help!

    1 broody on all the eggs somewhere quiet and dark and safe from the others: a rabbit hutch is ideal but if you use an eglu then take out all the roosting bars and settle mum and eggs on a bedding in the main body of the eglu, not the nest box (the sides are too high for chicks to get in and out of). Don't share out the eggs/chicks and broody mums can get very agressive with each other. You'll need to read up on what and how to feed them (very small saucer with marbles/clean stones in it to stop chicks drowning) and get chick crumb for them all (mum will need it to build up her strength after her broody phase). Have you got a plan for the boys? What if all 4 hatch and are cockerels: do you have homes for them or would you be able/willing to dispatch them?
  7. i would recommend leaving mum in as long as she wants to be there. i've successfully merged two young flocks at 7/8 weeks after their mums have lost interest and intend to do so again with my current hatches: i don't think waiting a week or two more for your broody to lose interest in her chicks would cause problems in introducing your lone chick, especially if she's a good size croad. good luck!
  8. laurmurf

    I'm moving South!!!

    As pleased as I am trying to be for Mostin, selfishly I am going to miss her and Mr Mostin so very much!
  9. laurmurf

    cat bitten

    warmed boiled and salted water will act as both an antibacterial and will draw out some of the infection. If you are able to open it up (via a scab) and drain any infection, then do so if you can and keep bathing it with the salted water. All this is quotes from my vet about how to handle exactly this situation. Good luck!
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    Breeders (pure breeds)

    I wouldn't mix youngsters in with your older girls, certainly not straight away. I've only introduced POL age in with my older girls (at least 18 weeks) and then only after gradual introductions. If you must mix them in straight away (not recommended) then go for older pure breeds If you can keep them separated until they're the right age then do get chicks, keep them separate but in view and you'll find by the time they're POL the introductions will be straight forward.
  11. laurmurf

    Breeders (pure breeds)

    bear in mind too that any pure breeds you buy at this time of year are either much older (12-16 months) or much younger (3-4 months) so if you do find any breeders, be prepared to be told they've none at POL. If you want the 'right' age (POL) then you'll have to look at hybrids
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    Putting weight on chickens

    What's concerning you about their weight? Do they have free access to their pellets all day? If so then they should be the right weight. They may be a 'rangier' breed and not be inclined to weigh as much. The fattening feed is mixed corn as maize has natural fattening oils in it..
  13. I've hatched several times in our eglu. I've taken all the bars out, put a very shallow saucer with marbles in it at the doorway and sprinkled a small pile of chick crumb nearish mum so that she could get some when she didn't want to leave the chicks. When she does take them out into the run, the chicks will be able to jump down but won't be able to jump up into it again. I banked the bedding up outside so that the chicks could get back into the eglu again. You may also need to put some covering over the lower part of the length of the run as small chicks can fit through the omlet run bars. Good luck with your hatch.
  14. laurmurf

    Empty Nest

    Hey Seagazer, my DD (the Lurker) is about to move to the Netherlands too; to work and live with her lovely cloggie bf and to make music. She too is leaving the contents of her first 21 years behind in a still messy bedroom! My darling children mock me as I have cried each and every time I've stuck one on a train or dropped one off in halls... Being a mum brings out whatever is good in me and I don't know who I am without a child or 4 around. I'm dreading my DSs moving on next year!