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  1. Patricia W

    Names for Christmas Hens

    Now that IS exciting! Is this a Christmas baby?
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    Is it possible to rat proof?

    I think Grandmashazzie, you are right! A traditional run on slabs with weldmesh is the answer!
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    Names for Christmas Hens

    Brandy, Pud, Trifle, Rolly ( as in Swiss), Yule ( as in log), Marzipan,Elf, Dasher, Blitzen, Rudolf... can’t remember the rest of those reindeers!
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    Is it possible to rat proof?

    Dan, that looks good! Did it take your chickens long to work it out?
  5. I have an Omlet WIR and I don’t think the door is any heavier than my cube run door. It’s in two pieces and has a little kick board inside which I guess is a little reinforcement. You could certainly replicate that kickboard as DM says. By the way, don’t bother with the Omlet WIR, the advantages of it being ( relatively ) quick to build are off set by the fact that the gauge is even bigger than the cube runs, and allows small birds and rats in with ease. I had to cover the top with weldmesh. Invest in a standard WIR and I think you’ll find it cheaper and more effective.
  6. I took a good look at my classic and cube run doors. The only thing I noticed is that the threshold to the cube run door is a bit wonky when it is open, ( I guess I trod on it at some point) but no way could anything get through it if the pins were in the door. There are two styles of door for the cube run, the original low door which just has one long pin, and the later taller door which has two shorter pins. Which one do you have? Do you have the mesh skirt in front of the door too? I’m wondering if you’ve got a wonky door which is allowing foxes to get partially through.
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    Is it possible to rat proof?

    Weldmesh and bait boxes, plus taking food AND water in at night are the best preventive measures I’ve found.
  8. Is this a classic or cube? Similar happened to my friend who doesn’t have the run, just the cube. The fox grabbed a brahma’s leg through the gap in the nesting box. Poor thing had to be euthanised. Have your slabbed outside the run, or just in the run?
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    Earthquake

    Maybe Valkyrie in Devon felt it.
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    Earthquake

    Did you feel it by n London. Not felt anything in Oxfordshire
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    When Do You Decorate?

    Is it easy to clean off after Christmas? I’ve been tempted but cleaning windows is not my forte at the best of times! I’m just trying to decide where the tree goes this year. The furniture/clutter seems to have somehow expanded ...... now what can I move...
  12. Hi Kelly! Great idea! Beware it’s addictive and three will soon be not enough, but it’s a good place to start. My advice is to look for a preloved cube Mk 1. It’s made of sturdier plastic than the Mk 2 and is bigger. I’ve never had a Go so people can comment on that. I started with an eglu Classic then soon graduated to the Mk I cube. I now have 2, one green, bought reconditioned from Omlet and the second blue, preloved from a lovely lady who had to give up because of illness. The green is 11 years old and the blue is more like 15. Although the green has faded it’s still pristine inside. The blue has retained its colour and is similarly in great condition. Not sure if the Mk 2 will last as long. The money you save on the coop, invest in buying as much run as you can fit in. The size of the run is the determining factor as to how many happy hens you can fit in. The bigger the better. I would slab the inside. Rats are more likely a problem than foxes I find. Slabbing will prevent them digging in. Then cover the run with clear tarpaulin ( I use that from Tarpaflex but you can use clear shower curtains), leave room for ventilation though ( I have one side clear) , put kickboard from lawn edging around, Then you can use hemp based bedding like aubiouse in the run as well as in the coop. Some people prefer hardwood chippings but I find aubiouse easier to clean. Hope this helps. I’m sure others will be along to comment soon.
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    What on Earth is...

    Christmas Coop-Pourri... and what DO you do with it? Who thinks of these things?
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    Aubiose - new product for chickens

    Oohhh... looks promising! Like the price though I doubt it will stay that cheap Just found it at £9.53 on the ‘net. Not bad
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    What on Earth is...

    Yes. Don’t buy it!
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    Christmas swap 2019

    Just decided to catch up with an episode I missed. There are loads! I’m sure I’ve not seen that many. I could be here till next Christmas at this rate........
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    What on Earth is...

    Rather reminds me of the ‘flavoured ‘ meal worms the other year. Cranberry, orange etc. How were you supposed to verify this? Taste them???
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    Hip Op

    Any news? Try the Consultant’s PA. In my experience, they know EVERYTHING!
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    Christmas swap 2019

    You are all SO organised!
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    In the kitchen

    I might be able to beat that. I have a jar of rhubarb and fig jam, a LARGE storage jar of pudding rice, a similar one of flour ( no idea if SR, or what - tasted it, am still alive but no wiser ) and some prunes. All from MIL who died in 1996...... and all labelled by her in her handwriting ( apart from the mysterious white stuff I have allocated the term ‘flour’) Problem is, I can’t bear to throw them away...
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    Christmas swap 2019

    Soapy, I am with you.. slow but sure we are....
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    The Weather Thread #9

    I’m sure it’s darker earlier this year than normal. Must be those rain clouds adding to the gloom.
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    Hi Dark Materials

    Yes, some way to go yet!
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    Hi Dark Materials

    Anyone watching this? I read the books when my children were younger, and I’m sitting here captivated by the televised adaptation. Added interest is that it’s set in Oxford, a city I love. Watch it on catch up if you’ve missed the first episodes!
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    In the kitchen

    Yes, so sad those three icons passed away the same day. And Gary Rhodes was so young! End of an era. Daphne, you asked about the wine making place our cooperative uses. It’s near Birmingham and makes wine for a number of English wine labels. English wine is coming along in leaps and bounds with global warming! I’ve been making artichoke dip to take along to Christmas ‘do’s of my various clubs etc. It’s really easy. A tin/ jar of artichokes mixed with a cup of mayonnaise, handful of grated Parmesan, squeeze of lemon juice,sprinkle bread crumbs and more cheese on top, cook in the oven at 180for 20 mins. I was asked for one without mayonnaise so substituted cream cheese and a dollop of yogurt. Seemed to work,

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