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MadAboutChooks

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  1. So sorry to hear about Lilly, RIP you certainly did the right thing in bringing her in. Hopefully your run of bad luck is over with. You gave her a good life!
  2. Thanks scarlottohara, more Intro's for you then!? Great choice though they are lovely girls, where are you getting yours from?
  3. Hi, I have just introduced 3 new chooks to my original 3. One of the new chooks a young columbine since the introductions seems reluctant to go to bed at night and instead rests on top of the cube . Before Introductions she would go into the cube. The problem I think is that she is waiting for all the other chickens to go to bed, then it is so dark that she seems to go all sleepy and forget to go into the cube. for almost 10 days now I have been lifting her in when it is dark. Any sugestions how I can get her to go in herself I dont like to leave her out there on her own.
  4. Thanks everyone, I am so proud! Today she laid me another lovely not sure if they have a yolk in when they are so small, ? it nearly seems a shame to eat them they are just so cute.
  5. Hi just wanted to post a picture of my first beautifull Green Egg laid today by my columbine Chilli. It is sooo small but a gorgeous olive green colour. I have another columbine who hasnt laid yet. Would I be pushing my luck to hope for a blue egg too?? This is it next to a normal size/colour egg!
  6. Hi There, I also live in Surrey, and there is a place on the internet http://www.coopedup.co.uk/page14.htm#55748] I think that they are not too far from you. I have not been there personally, although I was going to get some chooks from them then had an offer closer. Good luck with your Intro's. I am in the process of Introducing 3 new chooks with 3 original chooks. week 3 and things are going well.
  7. Dont give up hope before we had chickens, my Retriever actually chased and caught a chicken on a farm, so as you expect I was very worried. However now a days she lays outside with them and keeps the foxes away! foxes wouldnt dare come anywhere near with her around!! Infact sometimes the chickens actually jump over her as she is sleeping. The dog will get bored with them given time, in the meantime the water pistol sound like a good plan!!
  8. You have some lovely looking girls there! I like your pink cube as well!
  9. Thank you for all your replies. Yes it is soooo stressfull, they are still all in together, and Margo the Orp is now on the ground hiding under the cube (but at least she has come down off the perch!) the columbines which are younger are now settled on the cube. I think tonight I will leave the and the there and I guess they will probably sleep in what they know. If all goes well tomorrow I will remove the and leave them all to sleep in the tomorrow night. I am glad that all your Intro's went well scarlottohara! Its good to know that others are going through the same thing as you. How are you getting on with getting them back into the WIR? you were having to catch them in a net last I heard! Mine are improving regarding returning to the WIR. Fingers crossed our Intro's continue in harmony!
  10. Hi there, I have been trying to introduce my chooks for about 2 weeks now. They have shared the same divided WIR and been FR together for that time. Apart from chasing and pecking there have been no major problems. Each day after their FR time I have taken their divider out in the WIR to see how long they can tolerate each other. Today the 3 new ones although perched out of reach!! have been in the WIR for about 2 hours. The trouble is I now dont know whether it is time to bite the bullet and leave them together or not. The moment they get on ground level they get chased and pecked but they are tolerating them in with them but out of reach. I have put water and food within reach of them. Do you think it is time to go for it
  11. WOW That look lovely, and its huge! How many chooks are you putting in there Is it a 'Tony' run from Avaries4U
  12. That sounds like a good plan, scarlottohara, glad it went well for you too.I intend to do the same, I am hoping that it wont be too long before they can all live happily ever after in the WIR, it is really difficult with a division in the middle at the moment, every time I need to get to the otherside it is a major manover!. I see you had problems getting them back into their run as well, my oldies just come when I call them and rattle a packet of grapes the newbies just stand there, am hoping that they will follow the lead of the others and learn to come when called. It makes putting them away sooooo much easier!!
  13. Hi there, Wondering how long people leave the bedding down in the WIR before changing it. My run is on concrete and I have aubiouse on top
  14. Hi, Have just let them all out together to FR for the first time. To my utter amazement, Margo the big Orp did not pick any fights, instead wanted to mix with the old ones, (think she is sick of the babies!) However they were having none of it and saw her off. However no major squabbles, just a bit of chasing and pecking. All in all I think it went well. Phew!!Thought I might let them FR together for an hour or so every day for about a week, then all being well maybe put them all in together Or do you think this is too soon.
  15. Hi Scarlottohara, Just incase you are interested in the columbines, I just found the women's email address as she mailed me and said that she had some POL Columbines lives in Dorking, Surrey. coopedup@btinternet.com. Good Luck and lets we both get our blue egg layers!
  16. Thank you everyone, so glad you like my new girls! Yes Margo is an orpington, tomorrow I am going to try and FR them together for the first time. Think Margo is going to challenge the oldies for top of the pecking order! so should be interesting!!! (she says biting her nails)
  17. How long have you had your new chooks scarletohara? I have had mine 1 week do you think it is too soon to FR them together?
  18. Let me Introduce my new girls Top and bottom Noodles and Chilli both Columbines and middle Margo an Orpington I am hoping that someone can put my mind at rest, I am concerned that the orpington is bigger than all in my original flock and am hoping that this isnt going to be a problem when Introducing them. The original 3 are seperated within the WIR from the new 3. She is picking on the babies at the moment, but only in a bossy way, not too nasty. However I think she feels she is going to be top chook! as has fronted up to my other 3 through the fencing and by her manner I can tell that she is going to take them on and probably because of her size will win. Margo is my husbands choice, and he only agreed to having the WIR etc on the condition that he chose a chicken. I would have picked one more or less the same size as the others. Do you think this is going to cause a problem.
  19. I am pleased to present Chilli, Margo and Noodles. Chilli and Noodles are columbines and Margo is an orpington.
  20. So true that must be what it is!! I havnt tried raking it do you think this will make a difference? I usually add garlic during the summer when smell seem to be worse with heat, but am just surprised that it is wiffy this time of year. Had very little rain and has roof and drop down tarpauline when wet, so thats not the problem
  21. Hi There. Have had my WIR for about 1 week and have a concrete base with aubiouse on top. Everyday I go in and poo pick what I can see, but even after such a short time it is already getting smelly!! How often do other people do a complete change. I was hoping for it to last ages!!! or was I being optimistic
  22. Thank you, although fence had to be reinforced as my new orpington (with clipped wing!) managed to scale the fence, then another time one got underneath!! I had no idea that they would be quite so determined to get to each other. Be warned!
  23. Hi There, I know that a place in Dorking, Surrey, called Cooped Up has some columbines at the moment, as only yesterday the lady told me she had some. Not sure how far that is from you though!
  24. OMG They are lovely. I got 2 columbines today as well (Noodle and Chilli) I hope your Intro's go well.
  25. Thank you, | think I am just being a bit of an over protective Mum, Chilli and Noodles look so small in comparison. I have reinforced the fence and although they can see and peck through the slats if they get too close, I am hoping that it is secure enough to keep them apart. OH is home all tomorrow, so can keep an eye on them. At the moment they are just staying out of her way, and only getting a pecking if they get too close to her. Hopefully things will settle. Thanks again for all your help, it really helps to know you lot are on hand.

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