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  1. Some food for thought here, thanks. I think I may start with just 10m of Wickes fencing to constrain them to the bottom straight away, then think about the Omlet fencing for protecting areas of the garden as spring approaches. Val
  2. I like the look of Andrew's fencing - it looks very sturdy. Is the Omlet mesh fairly flimsy? Reading the reviews I noticed that one person's cat got tangled up in it. I'm only really wanting to fence off the bottom half of the garden for now - so 10m should be fine.
  3. I think it's time I restricted the girls to one area of the garden at a time, to give it a chance to recover. Does anyone have advice on the best products to use? I looked at the Omlet netting, but it seems quite pricey. Is it worth it, or are there any alternatives? I want something easy to put up and move around.
  4. I know exactly what you mean. Although I love my two chooks (and the eggs) I wasn't prepared for the devastation they wrought on the garden! I'm thinking of making up some hurdles so that I can restrict them to certain areas in the spring and summer - but not having an OH and not being very good at DIY I'm not sure when I'll get round to it. I'm quite anxious that some of my favourite plants won't reappear in the spring - and as for the newts and frogs, we won't go there!
  5. Yuch! That's foul (sorry). I watched mine investigating a hedgehog yesterday. I think it was fairly safe.
  6. The first time mine were out in the rain they just stood there and ended up like drowned rats. I tried to towel them down, but they weren't keen. Now they do tend to stand under a bush. My garden did end up like the Somme though.
  7. So far I've found one of my chickens eating 1 newt and 2 frogs. Chances are they were dead when she found them (I hope so!), but is my garden going to be a wildlife wilderness? And if it was a great-crested newt, can I be prosecuted?
  8. Mine get porridge, bran and pellets mixed with water, plus poultry spice occasionally and yoghurt from time to time. Sometimes they gobble up the whole lot, sometimes they hardly touch it, and I can't work out why. Just lately they've taken to doing their smelly poo on the dish. Seems to take forever to get rid of the smell!
  9. I can beat that. Twelve weeks since Gingerpot Ranger was delivered, and she's just started crouching, so I'm hoping an egg is imminent. Miss Pepperpot started laying weeks ago.
  10. ValR

    Stinky poo

    If it's only a week since you got thewm I shouldn't worry too much yet. Mine did horrid poos for the first cpouple of weeks. What worked wonders was a mixture ofyoghurt and bokashi bran. They love it. I love your animated boxer BTW.
  11. That's a relief! I was really worried on Sunday when mine got drenched. I tried drying one of them with a towel, not very successfully. The other won't let me near her (after a week of anti-biotic pills!) so had to stay wet. I half expected 2 chooks with pneumonia the next morning. Maybe they'll learn too.
  12. I took the advice of SteveR and bought the B&Q hardwood chippings, which are great.
  13. ValR

    Stinky poo

    So you don't think it was personal
  14. ValR

    Stinky poo

    As Buffie knows, I still have trouble picking up my 2 girls. This morning I managed to pick up my Pepperpot, Darcey, but she rewarded me with the stinkiest poo all down my fleece, jeans and shoes. It was a sort of ginger colour and smelt foul (!) - I had to change everything, and can still smell it. She seems fine, a nice egg this morning, grubbing round the garden now. Was she just showing her displeasure?
  15. He did tell me not to eat the eggs for a week - but it is worrying that he is prescribing something that isn't licensed for poultry!

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