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About littlehenny

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  1. The same happened to me when we added 2 new girls to our existing and . Didn't last long though Still our new Warrens supply two eggs a day which is enough for us, and occasionally for our neighbours
  2. I routinely add a bit of limestone flour to their pellets, along with grit and a bit of chicken spice. I mix it all in and all four of mine eat it without any apparent problems. My 2.5 yr old was laying thin shells but this sorted her out
  3. I agree, it's just a blip. We once had an egg where the shell was so rippled it didn't look real - it looked more like a sculpture - my children took it into school to show to their class because it was so completely weird looking. It was the only one we have ever had like that though
  4. I know its hard having to wait for them to start laying, but I do think you're being a bit impatient with them We got our POL 2 Warrens at the end of May and they have only started laying regularly in the last couple of weeks so it took them about 4-5 weeks to get into the swing of things And I've heard of hens not starting to lay until 25-30 weeks old, depending on the breed. I'm sure they'll soon settle into a routine
  5. I've got a and a which came from Omlet just over two years ago and they hardly ever lay. I've tried every supplement under the sun with no success so I think they have run out now Luckily I have two young Warrens who have just started laying regularly so I am getting enough eggs again
  6. I would try limestone flour added to their pellets. My hens all laid fine for ages and then suddenly I started getting softies. I added limestone flour (bought from an equestrian place) and the problem sorted itself out really quickly
  7. I think I've read somewhere on the forum that rough egg shells is due to too much calcium in their diet. I guess that's better than not enough, which would result in shells that are too thin and will break easily
  8. They might be having a bit of a holiday but you could try worming them just in case. 7 months is far too young to have stopped laying completely but young enough to still be establishing a routine. All hens have blips from time to time but they usually come good of their own accord
  9. I've got a , a and 2 warrens in my Eglu. They are fine in it but they do free range all day so the run size isn't really an issue for me
  10. Hi, I was in the same situation a couple of months ago and to be honest I only left it 3 days before getting two more. I kept them in a separate but adjacent run for a few days and the newbies slept in the shed in a cat box. I then let them free range together and apart from the odd peck things went pretty well. But I would agree that you should introduce two hens rather than one, because you will have a 'them' and 'us' situation going on for a while and your newbies will need company. Good luck, it'll be worth it
  11. So long as they have got access to plenty of water and shade, they'll be fine !
  12. I've never bothered with a dust bath for mine - if they want one they make one themselves by lying down either in the run or on dry soil and moving themselves around to get dust under their wings
  13. Yes you can, but I don't put it in their food, I add it to their bedding so it gets on their feathers when they are roosting/sleeping
  14. Mine do it all the time - I'm sure I've read somewhere that they don't have the swallowing mechanism that we have and the water has to run down their throat .. also they need to drink loads more than you might think. It's been so hot recently that however they are getting water it's got to be good for them
  15. Personally, I'd cut back on the treats for a bit - when treating with flubenvet you're not supposed to give them anything else other than the layers pellets than you've put it in. So no more greens/cabbage or anything else for a while Keep their diet simple, worm them and see how it goes. It has been very warm and a lot of hens will go off lay for a while until they adjust to the heat. I always find my hens lay better when it is cool/damp than hot/sunny. I'm sure you'll be getting plenty of eggs soon. Chickens, like humans are pretty unpredictable creatures!!!!

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