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Patricia W

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  1. Wonderful! If only that parcel could talk and tell us its’ adventures
  2. Phone the Omlet Office. As the Mk1 and Mk 2 are entirely different I’d guess the answer was no.
  3. I’m pleased to say, it looks as though Tina has found someone who refurbishes Omlets and hopefully now has a spare! I was interested to hear someone actually does refurbs. I know Omlet used to but guess they no longer do
  4. They used to have an agent in the US you could contact, but don’t know the current arrangements. Yes, the best idea is to contact Omlet HQ during office hours (9-5) Monday to Friday. They don’t look at this forum so won’t know about your troubles from here. Hope you sort it out.
  5. Don’t give up! It sounds as though your problems go back to the place you got the chickens from. Wait until the Spring then restock from a reputable place. If you let us know where you are in the country, then we can see if we can point you in the right direction. At that point too, you’ll need advice on integrating new hens. Clare has made some excellent videos about that too. Let us know how you get on with your broody. You’re among friends now so let us know how we can help
  6. OH decided to drive the 10 mins into town for his jab, as it was pouring with rain. Very well organised. Straight in, coat off, sleeve rolled up and jabbed. Told not to drive for 15 mins. He was back in 45 mins from leaving the house. He had the Oxford one. High temperature of 38.5 about 1am, brought down with paracetamol. A bit fluey and achey first thing, but felt fine after taking the dog out this morning. Now to wait for mine.,
  7. Try some Gastro Grit from www.claretaylor.com The Chicken Whisperer. Sorry don’t know how to make it clickable. Mine don’t usually bother with grit, but love this! Usually though, chickens often lay soft shelled eggs when they start laying and then as they wind down to retirement. It’s just the egg laying tackle winding up and winding down,
  8. My OH, aged 75, has been called to have his tomorrow afternoon! We’re not far from Soapdragon, and it’s only a 20 minute walk into town. I’m in the next level down to him so hoping I’ll get mine in a month or so. Apparently when you go, you are given a card with a date 12 weeks later. We’re debating what he should wear. Not a trivial matter as he doesn’t want to be taking layers and layers off, but if he’s standing in a queue outside he doesn’t want to freeze. Decisions, decisions....
  9. I find the aubiose infused chicken poo composts well mixed in with everything else. It’s also very useful for keeping the neighbours sweet about my Cockerel! The allotment keepers are particularly keen.
  10. I love mine. The only time my neighbours have complained is when the first one died. They loved hearing him. So I rescued another. Unfortunately neighbours like mine are rare
  11. My cube door is open all year round. We’re in Oxfordshire where we get -12 in winter ( occasionally) and 30 degrees in summer ( even less often! ) In fact, one group of bantams preferred to sleep on a high perch in the run all year round. They went in during high winds and if the temperature fell to -6 or below. The run is very well covered in winter though and in a sheltered position. I take the covers off in summer heat.
  12. The best place to rehome roosters is on dedicated Cockerel rehoming sites. Sadly, pets4homes and similar are where people who want a cheap meal or for cock fighting pick them up. The organisations I would recommend from personal experi nice are HPG Cockerel Rehome and Red Rooster Rescue. They have FB Pages. BHWT and Fresh Start For Hens will also help. This year in particular there has been a glut of beautiful boys looking for homes. Too many people decided to have a go at hatching because they were locked in. Now there are boys being abandoned in car parks, town centres and people’s gardens. So I’m with Lewis 100%. Don’t hatch unless you can dispatch.
  13. So sorry, Girly. Traumatic all around. Thinking of you x
  14. Beaudyne, if you are going to plan to keep the cockerels do remember the recommended ratio is 1:10. Or some say 1:12. Any fewer, and you run the risk of the males damaging the hens by too frequent matings and fighting together. So, you need plan b - which might be rehoming surplus boys, ( and that is not easy,) or you may have to be prepared for plan c - to cull them when they mature. Of course, you may be lucky and have all girls, but best be prepared. Keep us posted.
  15. Well, they seem to be getting on with the jabs in my part of South Oxfordshire. Heard of two neighbours in level 3 ( over 75) getting it last week. They are at a different surgery to mine. It’s one with fewer elderly as it’s on a new housing estate. The one I’m with has the oldest population in the area and shut up shop on Friday as it had run out of vaccine. So, there is an element of the age profile of your surgery determining the timescale of when you get it, plus of course, the supply chain for the vaccine holding up.
  16. I’d go for some home bred ones, Luvachicken. That’s where my best ones have come from. Bound to be loads in Spring after AI has lifted.
  17. Sorry! Only just seen this as I’ve been off working for Dogmother on the FB page. She’s a tough taskmaster! For what it’s worth, I’ve had an Omlet WIR now for several years, and although I’m a critic of them, I have been successful in making sure it stays completely dry. I’ve never seen anyone successfully attach an onduline roof to them, by the way. My technique is to first of all, buy decent clear heavy duty tarps. Bin the Omlet ones, they aren’t heavy enough. I buy them from Tarpaflex. I have one over the roof and then three of the sides are covered. The tarps MUST overlap, and they must be held flat against the wire by bungees which go from the bottom of the sides, over the top, and down to the other side. Rather like a giant spider! This is to stop flapping which let’s water in, and wears the tarps out. Two of my tarps are into their 5th year. I have log roll round the perimeter on all four sides. On the fourth side I have three onduline wavy sheets available. They are brought out as required by the prevailing weather, and held in place by bungees. I am on Thames clay, and this system kept the run so dry it became like cement. I use aubiose all year round and have done for the last 8 years or so. If you rake sanitiser through it once a week, you only need change it about 3 times a year. In a 2x3m run, and a 3x1m run, I used 3 to 4 bales a year. I also use it in the poop trays and nest box. Hope that helps!
  18. But my constant question....,what about the boys? So many unwanted cockerels this year it breaks my heart
  19. I’m in the group that allegedly will be ‘done’ by mid February. We shall see.....
  20. My bantams are unvaccinated as are most birds produced by small breeders. I’ve had rescues too, which are vaccinated as it’s viable to do so in the large numbers they are produced. I’ve never had a problem. I do quarantine for 2 weeks minimum and if they are joining another group, I then introduce them gradually over time. So any problems have time to appear. I have them about 6 ft apart but in sight of each other by the way
  21. Make plans for it to go on until April, then you won’t be disappointed. The local Councils are tasked with ensuring compliance. It is Trading Standards who usually lead. In my experience, they take a helpful rather than punitive approach first so contact them if you need too.
  22. We’ve got a fantastic animal hospital near us. I’ve taken many s bird/hedgehog there. They will advise what to do also. Have you got one near you? Ours is Tiggywinkles at Haddenham in Oxfordshire. I’m sure they’d talk to you.
  23. Lovely girls, Andrew. Once Covid allows we should get together.

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