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  1. Many thanks to everyone for your help and advice. We took her to the vet that day. He was not sure exactly what the cause was and agreed that euthanasia was the best course for her. She was indeed the same Flo, our dearly loved best hen. The garden feels very empty without her.

    thank you for tha advice on disinfectants. We will give it all a thorough clean before we start again, this time maybe with some bantam Welsummers.

  2. A couple of months ago one of our girls developed green watery poo and very weak legs, she was about 3 years old. We took her to the vet who wasn't clear exactly what it was, and felt that the best think was to put her to sleep. We cleaned the Eglu and run using Agrisec 250 Plus and Biolonk Poultry Shield. 

    Now our remaining elderly lady Florence is staggering and has watery green poops. We are going to take her to the vet and I fear her answer will be the same, but I am worried what we need to do before we get new chickens, we have had so much joy in the past 10 years.

    Many thanks for any advice.

  3. Hi,


    Does anyone know of a good poultry vet in or near Sheffield?

    One of our girls is laying a lot of softies, although in every other respect she seems to be fit and healthy. We have added calcium and vitamin D to the water and they have free access to the mixed oyster shell and grit. So we thought we should get some further advice.

    Many thanks for any advice!

  4. Does anyone know a vet in Sheffield who would be able to look at our Gert on a Sunday. We had the fox this morning and it had Gert in its mouth. She is breathing and fluttering her eyes, but doesn't seem able to lift her head. I want to do what's best for her :(


    Thanks in advance,



  5. Alerted by Our other hen alarming and the magpies ran outside to fond the fox with Gert in his mouth. Threw the nearest object (a jug) at it and it dropped her and ran off.


    She is blinking her eyes and breathing, but pretty floppy. I have laid her by the boiler on some newspaper. Is there anything else I can do? She doesn't appear distressed or in pain.


    Thanks for any advice.

  6. Our two girls are getting a bit long in the beak (7 years) and have finally decided to go into retirement, so we are thinking of bringing in a couple of youngsters to lay eggs. The oldies are Daisybelles. Mostly they have a fenced area and are only confined to the run at night, but when we go away for a few days a friend feeds and waters and they are confined to the run for up to 10 days. Would this be OK if we introduced a couple of White Stars or is the classic and standard run just too small?

  7. What type is she? A lot of the lying hybrids are skinny, and some breeds are more skinny than others. Does she seem well or ill? Is her comb a good colour and is she good and active? If she is well and at her "design weight" you don't want to make her fat. I have only limited experience, but have read (I think on this board) of people taking laying hybrids to a non-specialist vet and being told their hen is underweight and ill when she is just right for her breed type!

  8. Had you considered bantams? Though the eggs are smaller they have a bigger yolk:white ratio. We have a couple of hybrids (Daisybelles) but went to visit a friend recently who has bantam Rhode Island Reds which are gorgeous, small and don't trash the garden! You might even consider 4 bantams rather than 3 full size.


    Sorry if expanding the options has just made it harder :wink:

  9. We have finally got round to fencing the girls off at the bottom of the garden and moved their (green eglu). Went to shut them in tonight and they were pacing up and down trying to get to where (green eglu) used to be, although the could see it right beside them, and they could see where it used to be and it wasn't there!


    They are lovely, but not very bright :oops:


    Cheers Aggie

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