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  1. Just a word of warning - if you worm your hens using any product with Ivermectin in it and your dog then eats the hen poo, your dog could potentially be in danger. Many breeds of dogs (particularly but not exclusively collies ) suffer a severe and often fatal reaction to ivermectin.
  2. Thanks all for the replies - I think we will go for slabs. As part of our DIY week last week (was supposed to be a holiday!) we had a cubic metre of concrete delivered for bases for our shed and greenhouse. Never again - do you know how many barrowloads a cubic metre is???
  3. My OH is going to build me a walk in run - what a wonderful man Having spent the best part of this afternoon shovelling compacted mash and bark chippings off my chicken garden I am determined to get the base for my new run right. I was thinking of slabs and then medibed (that's what I've got at the moment in my chicken shed - also put up by OH this week for me - he's an angel ) The run will have a roof and will be in a pretty sheltered position. I promise to post pics when its done. All experiences good or bad welcomed to help me decide!!!
  4. This is interesting as I've been wondering what to do with it since I bought it! HAZEL - if you're reading this thread - where did you get your lovely WIR? OH has said i can have one to house my evergrowing flock and I'm looking for inspiration.
  5. My two have never shown any inclination to fly or hop onto the 6' trellis like the Barnevelder. I find them very amenable.
  6. What a transformation with her - she's beautiful! Well done.
  7. I have gravel on my garden borders and the girls are forever scratting about in there, kicking it all over the lawn. I guess it would depend on the grade of the gravel - some is quite small - is it pea gravel?
  8. Gorgeous looking birds - mine were from Wernlas too. Have you tried looking in Practical Poultry mag for local breeders?
  9. Crikey a post modernist statement of contemporary British society - oo er! Very pretty though!
  10. I hope I'm not tempting fate here but mine are lovely and quiet - just the odd session when something spooks them. Around us we've got noisy dogs (not all the time but at early morning/late nights) and the chooks are not as bad as them. So far so good (fingers crossed)
  11. Thanks Laurie - I found it. A very worthy feed but think I'll go back to my pellets and bokashi side idea! If I can find the ex bat feed locally I'll give it a try but am convinced that any complete quality food should give them all they need - we just give them extras because they look at us so sweetly (certain conditions excepting of course!)
  12. I use medi bed - one bale is lasting me ages. Seems ok - chooks like it anyway.
  13. I think my stuff is bedmax - will check tomorrow. Its Ok but I only use as filler underneath the straw in the nest box.
  14. Agree with Egluntine re the bokashi although I saw 4% but what's 1% when they love it soooo much!
  15. I have a mixed flock but had my bantams at the same time as 4 of my large fowl so there was no problem with integration and they all get along just fine. I think that if she ends up staying it would be a good excuse to get some more bantams! I recently introduced 2 more large fowl, did it gradually over about 4 weeks and now have one flock that integrated with minimal problems and now they get along like a house on fire (I'm quite proud of myself )
  16. Picking up this thread again after a couple of days away from the pc - a question for laurmurf - what has the crumb got in it - has it got bokashi (which I really rate)? I think when I get to the bottom of my mash, I'll go cold turkey with pellets with a side of bokashi. I too spent Sunday s"Ooops, word censored!"ing mash off the run floor - I can think of better ways to spend an afternoon
  17. I use shavings with a layer of straw on top and sometimes paper shreddings when I have them (although they seem to get damp). When I run out I'll get aubiose 'cos everyone recommends it. I've seen it at our local equine store.
  18. Yes - I know what you mean! I feed WW mash with bokashi and loads of it ends up on the floor of the run where it stays until the dog hoovers it up! Its quite pricey (with p&p) and a lot of it goes to waste - they fling it out. I found that when I fed pellets with mash mixed in they did the same. Maybe I'll try going back to pellets with the bokashi as a treat in the afternoon. Its the bokashi they love.
  19. When I'm at work they don't come out until after 5 but when I'm at home they come out at about 1 to give them time to fill up on mash and to give the garden a chance !
  20. Just paper in the droppings tray here (nice poos thanks to bokashi) and bark chippings on the run floor. Works for me!
  21. This is a long shot 'cos I know you'll all be doing chicken things at the weekend but if anyone's visiting Crufts at the NEC Birmingham on Saturday - come and say hello to us. We'll be based in Discover Dogs at the Smooth Collie stand. I've always been able to talk for England about collies but now I can do the same about chooks!
  22. Thank you Cordelia for the compliments about my puppy avatar. We're off to Crufts on Saturday (not showing this year) to do our bit at Discover Dogs. If anyone out there's visiting Crufts on Saturday - do come and say hello - we'll be on the Smooth Collie stand at Discover Dogs (Hall 4).

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