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  1. I agree that the idea of fully opening up on 19th July is daunting. As it’s the young and unvaccinated who seem to be catching it, and fewer hospitalisation, I’m left wondering if the strategy is to accelerate ‘herd immunity’ ? We’ll have the opening up, confirmed or not on Monday. Meanwhile, I will continue to br cautious.
  2. Do what I do with the Gastro Grit. Mix it with ordinary grit or limit to 3x a week. I also have Clare’s Alpha Conditioning food which I cut in with their normal pellets or with my 11 year old, feed it neat about 3 times a week.
  3. When they are bigger, try Gastro Grit - otherwise known as Chicken Crack! I have to ration mine or mix it in with ‘normal’ grit. Get it from here - https://www.claretaylor.com
  4. I’ve had three cockerels. Two Polands, and now a Barbu D’Uccle. The second Poland didn’t have a real crow, just s strangulated screech! The Barbu D’Uccle has a rather soft melodious crow. Quite pleasant. But he does start early!
  5. We got our first Cockerel accidentally when Phillipa became Phillip. For years I tried to keep him quiet taking him in at night etc. Then he died. The neighbours complained! They loved to hear him. So I’ve had rescue cockerels ever since. I wouldn’t recommend two though as they compete to be the noisiest. And need a ratio of 1:8 minimum and their own space usually. I have used a Cockerel rehoming site successfully when one lost all his ladies to old age. That was HPG Cockerel Rehome. But generally rehoming is difficult. Better to let them live a happy life for 5 months or so, then dispatch them for Sunday dinner or a bbq. That’s the solution of several people I know. It’s the cycle of life.
  6. Panacur is not licensed for use as a wormer in the U.K. Flubenvet is the only licenced one here. No egg withdrawal period because of that
  7. I find they settle after a day or so. But I have to say this is one reason I now use the Westgate Test Kit before worming instead of doing it on schedule. Not had to do it for the last 12 months as a consequence.
  8. Where do you cross into Spain, Beantree? We are still hoping to go at the end of August, driving from Calais, stopping a night in Macon. A trip we have down at least once a year since 1985 till last year. We have Dutch friends who are saying there are no checks at all. All doubly vaccinated, planning for new green cards, new papers for the dog etc etc! It would be easier to fly but for the dog. Plan B is to stay at home!
  9. What you are trying to do is to reduce the temperature of her breast area. This heat is driving the production of hormones that make her broody. So your broody cage needs to be on four bricks, one at each corner, to allow cool air to flow through. I’d remove the perch so her nether regions are on the wire. That will also help by giving her the message that this is an unsafe area to raise chicks. Usually 3 days and 3 nights in the cooling broody cage is enough, but it can take longer when the weather is warm. Good luck! Silkies are notorious for brooding.
  10. Phone the office during the week and ask them. They are very helpful. Why not look For preloved? Omlet Mk1 cube Be is the best coop ever made. Mine are 13 and 16 years old and still pristine so they last a long time.
  11. I use Smallholders Pellets for my bantams. They seem to like the size of the pellets.
  12. Once he has completed his 2 week quarantine for health reasons it should be straightforward. They usually accept a Cockerel quite easily. The exception might be the dominant hen. I did have a Cockerel who was definitely second in command!
  13. My second jab booked next week! Then I gather we oldies are having a booster in the autumn. Fine by me. Anything to get back to normal
  14. Nutridrops are now called Power Drops. I’m waiting for the human version. Magic stuff!

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