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  1. We have a very much loved Eglu MK1 Classic including run, 21m Omlet chicken fencing and various accessories for sale. The MK1 Classic itself is green (faded, as expected) with some internal whitening on the bars (from chicken poop!), but overall it is in very good condition. It comes with the original 2m run (no extensions), which is in good condition (some small rust patches) with additional plastic connectors and door pin. Additionally we have 21m Omlet chicken fencing with gate (hardly used). Accessories: 2 x Glug and 2 x Grub (one set purple, one set green - all good condition); long clear cover (showing it's age); one set of 4 rubber eggs. We'll take £350 for all of the items - collect from north Milton Keynes. Please let me know if you'd like photos.
  2. We are selling our MK1 Classic (Green - but faded, as you'd expect!) with run, fence and some accessories. We live to the north of Milton Keynes. I'm about to put an advert on this forum, so please refer to that for more details, but I thought it might be useful to let you know as we're quite close to you. Kind regards, Claire.
  3. I've spoken to our vet and there is an option for Doris. We can give her an implant which will stop all hormones, both male and female. It is expensive, will probably only last for a year and may not reverse the changes so far, but we have to give her the best chance of a long, happy & healthy life. If she continues to 'crow' more often / early in the day we may have to rehome / dispatch her and if she continues to lay the softies, or squishy masses which she has been doing then she could end up with egg peritonitis. So we are just awaiting the vets to have the implant in & then we'll take her. I know that this decision won't sit well with some people, but we have to do the best for her and for us in our situation. I hope your ladies are all well, and that any 'male shananagins' are limited to only a few ladies!
  4. We have an ex-battery hen, Doris, who has been with us for almost two years now, so that would make her about 3 & 1/2. She has never laid very good eggs, they were always mis-shapen or very thin shelled, lately they've been more likely to be softies despite us adding loads of stuff to the diet of the flock & then more specifically by giving her some calcium by mouth for a while. As a bit of background Doris also had mycoplasma about a month after we got her (we now know it's obviously in our flock) so she was on strong anti-biotic injections every day for a fortnight. She is bottom chook (3 of 3), so you wouldn't think that she needs to be tough, but yesterday when I realised that she might've gone broody I also noticed a spur had begun to grow on her leg. The other leg has a very small stub of a spur. About 2 months ago we started to hear noises which could only be described as a lady hen trying to crow in the mornings. We just thought because Doris was always very vocal then it was just her latest 'trick'. However combined with this new information I'm beginning to wonder if she's one of the 'sex-changing' hens you've read about. Her comb / wattles seem unaffected. My questions are this really: Is there any way to reverse or stop the change? As if she does really start to crow then we'll have to have her put to sleep - as backyard chicken owners in a residential area, we are not allowed to keep cockerels. This would be devestating to us. Could this change be brought on by / made more likely by something in, or lacking in her diet / environment? We don't want the other two changing as well! Do we treat the 'broodiness' she seems to be going through now as normal? i.e. broody cage for a couple of days. Thank you for your continuing fabulous advice!
  5. Can I ask where you get the cod liver oil from? We've looked on the Omlet website & others & can't see an animal product version. Is there an alternative? Is the liquid tonic with seaweed, or the dried seaweed a good alternative? We have one ex-battery hen who has never managed to lay wonderful eggs, but since her moult in Jan this year she has more often than not laid softies, or 'crispy' softies where the shell is just starting to form. Sometimes she eats them, sometimes she doesn't. Our other two girls have no issues, including another ex-batt rescued at the same time. They have access to Oyster Shell Grit as well as added Poultry Tonic, Garlic & Diatom in their food all of the time & Cider Vinegar in their water every two weeks, or so. We worm them every 4 months & Verm - X them once in between. We've just finished a week of 'extra' Flubenvet just in case. We don't want to add any more calcium to the water or feed as this might affect the laying of the other two as I've heard that an excess of calcium can make it hard for the egg to pass out. So a cod liver oil, or similar seems like it might give Doris the boost she needs. So back to my original question - where can I get it? Is there another source of Vitamin D we can use? Thank you.
  6. Good afternoon, We have an approximately 3 year old ex-battery hen who seems to have little white 'spots' around her vent. Her vent is otherwise clean and looks the normal colour, but the reason we checked (aside from the fortnightly check we do anyway) was because we noticed that her fluffy bum feathers were a bit caked with poo. This is unusual for her. We know we have mycoplasma in the flock and this particular chicken was treated with anti-biotics for mycoplasma about 18 months ago. We've had a quick look in our chicken books & on this forum but have come up with no possibilities. The flock are due for worming, although we have Verm-X'd them in the last month. Any ideas? Thank you.
  7. I have to say that we were put off by the prices of clear taupaulin, Omlet one or otherwise. So we bought a B&Q Value clear decorators sheet thinggie (can't remember the exact name of them), cut it into two, attached it with a 'cross' effect using 4 bungee cords and hey-presto ... one thin, but perfectly adequate clear run cover. The coop part is still covered with the 'normal' tarp & this is still pulled across the whole run over the top of the clear cover overnight. We've been using the clear dust sheet during wet patches since last winter and it has a couple of tears in it, but that's only one half of the product (it is folded over so its two sheets thick) and it only cost approx £4. Do watch out as some of the plastic dust sheets are white plastic, we just hunted online until we found one which was clear. Hope that helps. We can't have any chicken ladies getting SAD, they're moody enough as it is!
  8. It worked! Thank you, three days was the key. We eventually have our lovely, soft hen back (instead of that nasty pecking hen!). Thank you for your help.
  9. I'll try to cut a long story short ... Mimi went broody & spent 2 almost full days on the nest before we were able to remove her. For the next almost 4 weeks we've put her in a seperate run, with no access to a nestbox for the morning while the other girls are laying. Then in the afternoon we've let them all out to FR in the garden, but closed the coop door so again there was no access to the nest for Mimi. Then we let them all into the coop together at bedtime. So this hasn't worked and Mimi is quite happy to now 'nest' in the coop, rather than specifically the nest box (this could be because we put ice packs in the nest in case she was tempted). We even tried the 'dunking' in cold water every couple of hours for 2 days to no effect. So we've eventually managed to get a broody cage together and we put her in that yesterday. She is even in this overnight (we put the cage inside the Omlet run to make sure she's fox proof at night) so she can't heat up again from the close proximity of the other girls. Obviously she has had access to food & water, including the treats throughout all of this time, but I'm concerned that she doesn't have access to a dustbath whilst in the broody cage. Any ideas on how long we should keep her in the broody cage? Are there signs we should be looking out for? She has begun to show a bigger interest in her green treats and even her pellets again, but we need to make sure that she has snapped out of this before we go on holiday for a few days at the end of Aug. Thank you for any advice.
  10. I've always used Petroleum Jelly on red patches as it acts like a barrier while the normal healing can take place. They also can't get hold of any feathers (new or old) as they're slippery, so it seemed to solve the plucking issue as well. Good luck XxX
  11. I'm sorry for your loss. I have tears in my eyes just thinking about how much you (& us Omleteers) will miss her. Well done for giving her a lovely home for the last part of her life. *hugs* XxX
  12. One of our ex-batt hens was only 'free' for two months when a similar thing happened but with a dark purpley red comb as well. The vet said that the comb was an indicator of circulatory issues and the constant drinking, but not eating was an indicator of kidney failure. Sorry, but you may not have her company much longer. I hope you find a better reason for your lady's lethargy. XxX
  13. I've found it on Amazon, so I might just order it from there. Unless anyone has any better ideas?
  14. Our Cou-Cou Maran, Mimi has a impacted crop. I've been trying to massage it for about 4 days now (since I noticed the issue) with some success. We went to the vet last night, who didn't really add anything to what we already knew (just shows how good the advice on here is!). So we have upped the frequency of water / probiotic yogurt mix & warm water which we are syringing into her beak. They didn't have the powdered probiotic stuff at the vets, so I'm having to look around for it online. From one of the FAQ's on here I've got the name of Avipro - I've looked it up online, but I don't really like ordering from a random unknown company on the Internet. So can anyone tell me where they've bought Avipro from please! I'd rather order from a company that people know than order at a cheap price with a company I don't know anything about. Thank you for your help.
  15. 1524 - 2 (ex-batt & original Omlet girl gone in last few months) = 1522 Still a great number of girls getting a lovely life with the Omleteers, well done!

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