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    The odd thing (or at least I think it is odd) is that both eggs were on the roosting bars so had dropped into the trays. They have all been using the egg laying bit everytime they have layed an egg, so why now both use the bars? The only thing I can think of is that I put some red mite powder into the nest box area and also onto the hay in the egg box...would this put them off??

     

    Funny, mine only ever lay soft eggs on the bars too. I bought a cat carrier for the WIR and now none of the girls will lay in the eglu...they prefer the cat carrier :?:

     

    But...we have had 3 soft shell eggs now spaced over 3 weeks and they are always laid on the bars :?


  2. Sorry to hear about your problem!!

     

     

    also...I cant work out how to get the nesting box away from the front 'wall' as there is a gap I cant get in to clean properly....Ive taken the only 2 screws I can see out but no joy!! Maybe the Mark 1 eglu wasnt sold as 'anti-mite' and had been adapted since....starting to wish I had just gone for the cheaper coop!

     

     

    That was th ebit I was worried about when I put them into the eglu/ It comes as one piece that bit and I have never tried getting it apart. There is a big cosy gap there for themt hough

     

    Hi, hope things are looking better today - fingers crossed for you...

     

    I did manage to get the eglu apart toady - needed 4 screws removing and 3 'hexagonal' headed bolts...problem was when I got it apart I noticed that it was hollow inside which I was slightly horrified about...hadnt realised that, thought it was solid plastic..mine is the Mark 1 though, things may have changed. Putting it back together was another issue altogether...one of the bolts cross threaded and after 1 hour I ended up having to 'saw' the head off...lots of fun today


  3. Sorry to hear about your problem!!

     

     

    also...I cant work out how to get the nesting box away from the front 'wall' as there is a gap I cant get in to clean properly....Ive taken the only 2 screws I can see out but no joy!! Maybe the Mark 1 eglu wasnt sold as 'anti-mite' and had been adapted since....starting to wish I had just gone for the cheaper coop!

     

     

    That was th ebit I was worried about when I put them into the eglu/ It comes as one piece that bit and I have never tried getting it apart. There is a big cosy gap there for themt hough

     

     

    I poured as much poultry shield down the side as I could and hope for the best really!! It is a really big gap!!

     

    I really hope you get yours sorted soon!! Im due to take it apart again tomorrow and give it the major clean again....so fingers crossed :pray:

     

    Thanks ANH, I will have another look tomorrow - I could only find the 2 screws on the sides!


  4. Sorry to hear about your problem!!

     

    Thank you for the warning!! Ive had red mite this week, only noticed when one of my girls got poorly. Im a bit worried too now as I have a Mark 1 eglu and when I have just been out to look mine is absolutly covered in those pin prick holes - all round the edges and on the roosting bars ridges too - hadnt even considered that they could be harbouring the mites...

     

    also...I cant work out how to get the nesting box away from the front 'wall' as there is a gap I cant get in to clean properly....Ive taken the only 2 screws I can see out but no joy!! Maybe the Mark 1 eglu wasnt sold as 'anti-mite' and had been adapted since....starting to wish I had just gone for the cheaper coop!


  5. As for child friendly I can certainly recommend Bluebelles and Warrens who were eating out of my kids hands straight away :D ....Our Light Sussex and Columbine are now friendly a month in but it certainly took more effort!!

     

    We also did the same with the eggs....tried to pick 4 girls that all laid different coloured eggs...reckoned it would be easier to tell who had laid what :lol:


  6. Ive been checking them all now every day for the last week or so for lice/mites as it was my first suspicion and found nothing - Checked Lola again for the 3rd time today and found a red mite :cry: Took the eglu apart and found 2 more on the roosting bars... Only took it apart and scrubbed it down on Wednesday!

     

    Feeling very guilty now as I could have found it earlier :( Think that I didnt really know what I was looking for....

     

    May also explain why the other 2 older girls havent come into lay yet - although they look really healthy!

     

    Given it a scrub out best I can tonight and am going to get some poultry shield tomorrow (or saturday morning if I have to get it online) - wish I had bought some in before....you live and learn I suppose :(

     

    Just hope I caught it early enough and Lola perks up - made her some 'pellet porridge' with honey this evening and she seemed to enjoy it so fingers crossed :pray:


  7. Can certainly recommend Bluebelles...our is the friendliest one of our 4..and certainly the boldest...thinks nothing of marching into the kitchen for treats even though she has only been here 2 weeks :lol: Came into the living room yesterday - OH wasnt too thrilled!! Also very good with the kids....my youngest is 2 and can tend to be a bit 'grabby'!

     

    Also found our warren to be very friendly too...she is a cross Rhode Island Red/Light Sussex.

     

    Also have a Columbine and Light Sussex - these 2 tended to be flighty at the start but soon came round with effort..

     

    I think whatever you choose you will be happy with - they all seem to have fantastic personalities and their own little quirks!! Good luck choosing!! Whatever you decide to get your list will probably go out the window anyway when you get to the breeders :lol:


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