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  1. My chickens have just started laying eggs with very pale almost white yolks. I can't tell whether it is all of them but we have had a fair few. I haven't changed their food ….its always Dodson and Horrell layers pellets and they have always had Marriages Flubenvet pellets about three times a year. They have corn, greens and pasta as treats and occasionally dried meal worms as a bribe if they get out of the run. Does anybody have any ideas or experience of the same thing?
  2. I have quite a large WIR with Hemcore on the base. It takes a long back breaking time to change the litter about every four months or so. I was wondering whether to get an industrial strength vacuum cleaner to enable me to do this dirty job more quickly and easily. Does anybody else do this and what sort of cleaner do they use? Any ideas would be useful Thanks
  3. Thank you all so much for your advice I shall get them while they are asleep .
  4. I am going on holiday next week and my 5 chickens are going to a chicken sitter locally. I am dreading trying to catch them all although I can try and tempt them with meal worms if necessary. I had thought of locking them altogether in my Go at night and then transporting them in that the following morning. The journey would take about 20 minutes and I would feed them and give them water when I arrive at the sitters. Has any body else ever done this ? Would there be any bad effects on the girls if I do this? Any advice would be appreciated …. thanks
  5. Yes I think that is what has happened. Bluebell had a bare bot and had been losing a few feathers but when I looked today it was all fluffy again. Strange creatures
  6. They are similar. They stop the beak from closing on the feathers so the hen cannot pull them out.
  7. Does anyone know why chickens sometimes develop bald bums? I got three new hybrids last June and they were fluffy and pristine but now two have developed bald and marked bums. They are not ill ....eating drinking and being chickeney as usual. They are wormed with Flubenvet feed every four months and I use DE liberally every day when cleaning and in the nest boxes. Although I have 2 Eglus all five of them squash into one at bedtime,silly things!
  8. Thanks for that Dolly.....I'll get her checked out
  9. Thanks Daxigirl.....I guess that's what she's been up to or what Plum suggested before you. As I said to her chickens are very strange creatures
  10. Yes Plum she might have been doing just that I have two GOs but they all go in one to sleep. As there are five of them it could be she's lying in droppings. I keep it as clean as I can but they poo at night. They seem to use the other Go only to lay. Odd creatures chickens She seems happy enough though.
  11. My aracana hybrid was white when I got her about three months ago but now she has a mass of damp brown feathers on her side. I saw one of the other chickens pecking her briefly but she had a beak ring on and it was only the once. Blossom is eating well and laying well. I picked her up and examined her and there's no sign of a bleeding wound or any thing. Does anyone know what's causing it.. She lives in a large run and is treated for worms and mites regularly.
  12. No - shaking her head and making a clicking noise. Could be her neck I suppose.
  13. Why do chickens click their beaks? I have kept an eye on Nutmeg who has been doing this for a few weeks. At first I thought she was coughing or sneezing but she has not got a cold. She's eating well, laying and very friendly. She loves cabbage and treats etc so she seems very well except for this. Anyone had a similar experience?
  14. I have just had to put a beak ring on one of my new POL hens because she was pecking one of the others. I have never mastered the art of catching a chicken so I have to do it with a net. I realise that this is quite stressful for the hens but they seem to settle down again after a while. Am I actually being cruel? I sincerely hope not but can anyone suggest a better way of catching a chicken especially the flighty sort? Thanks
  15. Having just recently got my 4 banatam orps I am now plagued with 2 of them going broody, big time. I have 2 Eglus and they go in both, so the rest of the flock can't lay their eggs in the nest boxes and I am getting no eggs I have just put both of them in the same broody cage with food and water as I have only the one Is this OK or should I get another broody cage? Anyone any ideas? Thanks
  16. I've had my bantam Orps for about 4 weeks. Sparkle the Salmon Splash is behaving very oddly. She is broody, so I have to keep turfing her off the nest box. When I put her down she runs around yelling like a banshee and puffing up her feathers till she is twice the size She frequently burrows down in the litter and has a good old bath. When she gets up she puffs up her feathers and I can see a pink patch around the vent. It's like she is trying to keep it cool as she shakes herself vigorously. She also seems to be plucking her own feathers and eating them Is this typical broody behaviour for the breed or have I got a problem. I have a broody cage but will that cure her? I have read that they are prone to be broody and I'm not bothered as long as she is O.K.
  17. Thanks shabby chic. Well Bluebell has been in the cooler for 3 days and seems a little calmer. This has given the bantams the chance to gain confidence and they all come for mealworms now when I sit down. 2 of them will take them from my hand. But Mabel the other hybrid wants her share too so I have some in each hand I will leave Bluebell as she is for now and as you suggest consider up to a week or maybe 2.......she's laid twice since she's been confined so obviously not too fed up,!
  18. I had just bought the new netting, a roof net , pegs and guy ropes to give my flock a new play park to go in when the better weather comes when lo and behold my husband spots a large fox up by the WIR. So I can't risk letting them out so I am left with all the equipment recently purchased.. Isn't it just Sod's law. But I just can't risk it.....anyone else?
  19. I think you misunderstood. She is not broody but isolated because she is attacking the new bantam Orps. Is your advice the same for both problems?
  20. Last week I mixed my 4 new Bantam Orpingtons into the existing flock of 2 hybrids, a Bluebelle and a Speckledy. They had been in a separate Eglu and run for two weeks, inside the WIR with the 2 hybrids. The Bluebelle has been behaving very aggressively ever since, chasing and pecking the little ones and attacking Sparkle every time she went into the Eglu to lay her egg. The other hybrid Mabel has done a bit of chasing but nothing serious. My husband and I separated Bluebell from the others and put her in the other run together with a cat basket and food and water. She is very indignant this morning but the Bantams seem a lot happier. They are all laying and two of them are quite feisty. I have been searching the forum but I cannot find an answer to the question of how long to keep Bluebell in the cooler. Can any body help please? Also if the pecking order changes, what are the chances that one of the Bantams will become head hen?
  21. Oh dear I have had to put Bluebell in the cooler this afternoon. She was terrorising the Bantams and kept attacking Sparkle every time she went into one of the Eglus to lay her egg. So it is all relatively peaceful now and they can all see each other but Bluebell can no longer attack the newbies. Mabel the other hybrid is not as aggressive as Bluebell so I'm hoping things will settle now. How long should I leave Bluebell in isolation? She has food and water but she is not having any more treats!! Do chickens learn? More advice please
  22. Can anyone suggest how to go about taming Orpington Bantams ? I got them just over 2 weeks ago and they are now in with my 2 large hybrids in a large WIR. They love meal worms so I was thinking I would try hand feeding them but how do I keep the hybrids at bay while I do this as they love meal worms too Should I attempt to pick them up and cuddle them too ?
  23. Well, after two weeks of being in a separate run inside the WIR, I let my 4 new bantam Orps out today. So they are now mixed in with my Bluebelle and my Speckledy hybrids. Mabel, the Speckledy seems ok about it but Bluebell keeps rushing around the run trying to peck any of the bantams that she can get hold of. This is their first day together so I don't expect peace to break out just yet, but Bluebell is a large hen and I don't want her to damage any of the little ones. She is fitted with a beak ring but I don't know whether that will help. I have added extra food and drink stations and extra coop cups for corn and treats so they should all have what they need. I also have two GOs so there is plenty of sleeping room for all. I know that they have got to settle and reach agreement about who is head hen, but how long will all this take? If blood is drawn will it be best to isolate Bluebell for a while ?
  24. I have just got 4 beautiful bantam Orpingtons. I have put them in a Go with a run inside a large WIR so that they can be seen by my two hybrids but not mix yet. I did this before when introducing hybrids to hybrids and I kept them separated for 2 weeks before mixing them together. This worked well. But should I leave a longer interval between the bantam Orps and the hybrids as the bantams are much smaller and probably more timid? Has anyone actually done this or can anyone advise please.

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