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About freerange

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  1. I'd be interested in a automatic opener too. We lost our 3 hens to a fox just before Christmas when I was later getting back than planned & rest of family were distracted by doing Christmassy things & so the girls weren't shut in at dusk. If I can't find a way of shutting the door at dusk I'll need to look for a different hen house, which seems such a shame as we're very happy with our eglus in every other respect.
  2. Just idle ponderings (for the moment at least ) Does anyone have hens that free range & a dog; and if so, how do they get on?
  3. Last night she opted for the red eglu on her own, so at least we were spared the worry of her being spooked by the fireworks. I'm going to keep a closer eye on them at bedtimes & make sure there's no squabbling going on. Funny thing is, she prefers to sleep in the nestbox rather than on the rungs when she's in an eglu
  4. Hedwig has started roosting in a tree instead of going to bed in the eglu with the others. Should I try to make her go in the eglu at night, or will she be ok up there? With the cold nights we've had recently up a tree is the last place I'd want to be!
  5. What does that mean? in·cor·ri·gi·ble Pronunciation (n-kôr-j-bl, -kr-) adj. 1. Incapable of being corrected or reformed: an incorrigible criminal. 2. Firmly rooted; ineradicable: incorrigible faults. 3. Difficult or impossible to control or manage: an incorrigible, spoiled child. n. One that cannot be corrected or reformed. [Middle English, from Latin incorrigibilis : in-, not; see in-1 + corrigere, to correct; see correct.]
  6. My cunning plan for this is to sells the children. This way you free up more of the garden and can fund your new eglu No, no, no! You need to persuade the children that the 2nd eglu is their playhouse
  7. I think its there ready for tomorrow.
  8. Lots of snow here, well for somewhere costal a couple of inches is a lot. I'm just about to take them some porridge & corn, perhaps with a few mealworms sprinkled on top. They're taking turns to come out of the eglu & sit on the rim of their dust bowl. Looks like DH has beaten me to it - he's out there hand feeding them corn (wearing just a tshirt )
  9. I'm sure some of them would look good in omlet boxers too.
  10. Thanks Sarah, I'll post a piccy of them being nice & dry under it when I get back (taking the kids to CAT for the week )
  11. I have to agree there Kate. Very, very nice indeed !! We've tried Katy apple juice from our local farmers market, but haven't seen the cider anywhere. Our Katy was very impressed that her favourite juice had a variety just for her, I dread to think what her reaction would be once she's old enough for the cider!
  12. I thought headless chickens were bad enough, but a bodyless bottom...
  13. Well there you go, they need to be bantams so people can get more per eglu. Even bantam , batams - so they could get even more in! Or miniature bantams. They're called dutch bantams Alternatively, has anyone tried keeping quail in an eglu? That's ok, I must be having a mad year!
  14. Well there you go, they need to be bantams so people can get more per eglu.

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