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Frequent Layer (3/19)



  1. eeeekkkkk im so excited the WIR is finally coming tomorrow after six long weeks of waiting! The girlies will be moving over to the other side of the garden into their favourite scratch-patch. Will they settle in ok tomorrow night? they will be sleeping in their usual eglu but it will just be in a different place and raised up on a table instead of on the floor. OH thinks they'll be fine because they will recognise the eglu and will know to sleep in there, but im not so sure........... will they not try to come to the side of the garden they sleep in now, even though there will be no eglu there anymore?? Think i am just worrying about nothing, but just want it to all go ok!!
  2. i agree with 5am re the free-ranging trick, i have a bright blue scoop that i use for their treats, so when i give them a call and they see the scoop they come running..........even if its empty
  3. Hi tracyann i used to use chopped straw in the nest box and wood shavings in the poo tray which was ok, but now use easibed and i'd say its much better and makes things a lot easier. I have never been able to get hold of auboise anywhere either, so don't know what its like, but easibed is great at soaking everything up so you can just pick out the poo, whereas with the straw and wood shavings i was changing all of it everyday. A big bag of easibed lasts us ages i would reccommed it.
  4. Thanks for the replies egg withdrawal hadn't even occured to me Does anyone know if this is necessay, i think i have read somewhere that it isn't?
  5. Today the Frontline has arrived Its the one for cats and i thought i had read on here that most people just put one drop on the back of the neck right onto the skin where the hen can't get to. I notice on the box it says one drop on the neck and one further along the body - i know these instructions are for cats so i just wanted to check that i should just do the one drop on the back of the neck? thanks for any help.
  6. i regularly use a hosepipe on the cats around here, there are a few and they are a right pain. I am of the opinion that if they are in my garden, leaving their nasty poos everywhere and upsetting my chickens, then i have every right to squirt them, they are in my garden and i don't want them there. If they not in my garden then its not a problem, but if they come in to my garden, then i shall do what i like to get rid of them - whether the neighbours approve or not! Sometimes i am tempted to collect all their poos in a bag and take it round to the owners and leave it on their doorstep - why should i have to put up with this - i don't own any cats, i don't want any cats, so why should i have to put up with there poo in my garden! As you can tell, i an definately not a cat lover
  7. i am a bit confused......how do you do this It would be great for louse powdering! I am not sure if i could get my chicks to lie down in the first place...............
  8. i can't see anything that might be causing any pain - there is no blood or anything obvious. i don't think there can be any part of the old bit stuck anywhere as she was fine for the four days without one - happily bullying my other four! she has had a small amount of pellets porridge this afternoon, and has gone to bed now - fingers crossed for a better day tomorrow
  9. Majuka, sorry to hear that your chuck has gone, but i thought i'd post this incase it helps others. I would recommend the superlorin to anyone. Our Chalkie was very ill and had laid softees for a couple of months. I tried everything i came across, from food supplements, to water supplements to crushed eggshells - it was all hopeless. Eventually the soft eggs began to get stuck and i went to the vets twice to have stuck soft rotten eggs removed from Chalkie before i found out about the implant (which cost the same price as having a stuck egg removed!). After the implant chalkie went though a massive moult, and it did change her eating habits, she eats less and is more interested in greens rather than the usual mealworms, seeds etc. Her comb has shrunk to amost nothing but she has grown into a great big stocky bird, looking more healthy than ever. From the day of the implant there hasn't been any sign of any eggs - stuck or otherwise, so i am very pleased. I am sure she wouldn't be here now without this implant. The vet told us it would only probably last six months, but it has been much longer then that, and i would be happy if she never laid again. If she did, and the same problems arose again, i would take her back for another implant without hesitation. I cannot reccommend this enough. I believe it has saved her life
  10. hi folks unfortunately at the start of december i had to bumper -bit two of my hens as they were ripping the feathers out of the others and causing severe bruising/bleeding - it was awful, but believe me, the bumper-bits were the last resort. None of the sprays worked and in fact one of them (johnsons) seemed to make the problem worse. The two i bumpered were ok within about 10 mins of fitting the bumpers and it seemed to solve the problem. Last monday Fizz's bumper bit came off after the 'bit' piece broke in her mouth. I thought i'd give her a go without one and see how she went on, but within four days my others were half bald and covered in blood again. So on sunday i had to bumper Fizz again, but since then she has sat hunched in the same place and is not eating much and has her eyes closed all day. I have looked at the bumper-bit and it seems to be in the correct place and i didn't do anything different to last time, but i am very worried about her - i am not sure if she could just be sulking or maybe she could be in pain?? I have let them out today to free-range as i am off work, but she hasn't even come out of the run, and she is not even interested in her fave mealworms. I thought about taking the bumper bit off but this isn't fair to the others, and i am not sure what else i could do with her, except perhaps make her her own house and run for her to live in seperately without a bumper bit on. Does anyone know if she could just be sulking? or could she be in pain? Its awful to see her looking so miserable alison
  11. i dont move mine either. It said on the news it was -17 here the other night and i left them outside in the eglu just covered with a heavy dust sheet and they were fine the next morning, came racing out as usual to get to the hot porridge There are five big beasts sleeping ontop of each other in there so i recon they stay pretty toasty I used to worry too, but not anymore.
  12. Hi folks, i like the sounds of using Frontline as i find the powder really quite difficult to apply to the girlies. Is it the Frontline for cats that you are using? thanks alison
  13. ooooooohhhhhh ive had a traumatic time today getting bumper bits on my two bullies - i was really nervous and so were the hens, ive never had to do this before! I have managed to get the bumpers on following the tips page on here, but i read that its better to get them in the holes towards the back of the nostrils - not the front holes. I managed to put them on in the back holes (sort of under that little flap of skin) but after the two hens had done all their head shaking and rubbing the floor i noticed that the bumpers had slipped to the front of their nostrils - as though they are in the front holes. I had another fiddle and pushed them back but they came forward again after more shaking. They look like they will stay on but i am concerned they are not in the right place. Does this matter? Will this be hurting them? what an awful experience this was for both the hens and me
  14. This is what it says about vinegar on the website i have been reading: Any type of vinegar will do however many people prefer the white (clear) vinegar, Just a very small amount, I would say a cup full to a gallon of water. I was wrong to say its got the nutrients in that they need, after reading it again it says the vinegar balances out the nutrient levels in the body, so they dont have this craving for extra protein. I've got nothing to lose and if it works i'll be well chuffed, so im gonna give it a go - got the bumper bits on stand-by though just in case! I'll let you know what happens.................
  15. Hi everyone, Ive been battling with a bully for a few weeks and she is now in the sin-bin for a few days after she has pecked the other two's bumb bare . I have tried all sorts of anti-peck sprays togerther with the purple spray and so far nothing has worked. She pecks the feather out then gobbles them up I have got some bumber bits coming from Wernlas but i dont want to use there unless i really have to. I have read this morning that putting some ordinary malt vinegar in their water might help to cure this, as the vinegar contains all the nutrients that the hens need. I cant really believe they are deficient in any nutrients, at my older ones have never plucked eachother and i spend a fortune on expensive garvo feed. But i am willing to try the vinegar in the hope it might work. has anyone ever tried this?? thanks alison

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