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  1. I'd normally post this in the Nesting box US but there's more activity here... This is a petition for allowing chicken keeping to continue in the city of Columbus, Indiana. It's a place I randomly discovered on a drive whilst on holiday and when I checked out the town on Facebook it turns out there's a chicken-keeping initiative there, but it's under threat: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jim-lienhoop-allow-chickens-in-columbus As a henkeeper of several years now I just had to sign it. If any of you guys have a spare minute, please feel free to help out by signing it also!
  2. Had to have poor little chicken of fate Houdini to sleep today. Unfortunately she had what our vet suspects to be a tumour. She'd been ill for some time and had finally reached a level where she wasn't eating or moving much. Once it became obvious that she was at least uncomfortable, we had to make the call. It's such a shame as she was a very gentle, trusting and friendly little hen with a squeaky voice, we're going to miss her. Here's a photo of her in happier days: ...and here's her story from a previous Omlet forum posting:
  3. RIP Tipsy, nearly six years is quite an impressive innings. sleep tight.
  4. Sadly our oldest girl Troy has died - we've had her for just under 5 years. She's had quite a journey from gawky underling with massive legs and no body, to in time becoming a beautiful bird, assuming the mantle of top hen and in her later years carving out her own niche as an honorary top hen (while rival Morris took over the big job). She'd not laid an egg in two years but somehow managed to pop out one last egg a fortnight ago. Finally, after a long happy life (just under 5 years as a hybrid!) she sat down in the nest box and died in her sleep. Here are a couple of photos of her as we got her, and as she was in later life. Her best friend (chicken of fate) Houdini is very quiet as the two of them were close friends...
  5. sadly the web site doesn't seem to be available any more
  6. Hi All, I've had to deal with a massive red mite infestation this week - my cube has had no red mite In five years of keeping hens but this week I noticed the hen house was riddled with red mite, I'm guessing they've been there for about a month. Every surface was covered - no wonder the hens didn't want to be there. Today, I had the horrible task of spraying everything with Nettex, stripping the cube apart, taking everything out of the run, pressure washing everything etc. I made the mistake of putting the washed dropping trays on the grass where I sprayed them to let them dry - when inspecting 10 mins later, the red mite had obviously hopped back on the trays meaning I had to respray, then dry and after that rub in diatomaceous earth. I also made the mistake the other day in throwing away bedding in my compost bin and green bin which now are teeming with red mite... My question is this - do I need to do anything to my grass where I sprayed the mites? Do they just stay in situ waiting to attack or do they die quickly in sunlight? Despite putting all clothes straight in the wash and having a lengthy shower, I'm still itchy now! (No red mite on me, purely psychosomatic!)
  7. The mould in the bark chippings caused breathing issues with my bantam - I switched to Aubiose/Hemcore and the problem went away quickly

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