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  1. Still not working. Is it because I am using a tablet? Thank you Cat tails. Got it now.
  2. Hello Dogmother. Yes they are still available, but I can't find how to pm you!
  3. 6 sets of roosting bars for original Eglu cube FREE. Collect only, from Northampton.
  4. I am so proud of Norma! What a good Mum she is. Whilst it is nothing to do with me I shall bask in reflected glory (and stop risking the chicks getting any leaves). Thanks Beantree.
  5. Does anyone know if it is alright to give chicks dandelion leaves? Mine are outdoors with a broody hen and are about 1 1/2 weeks old now. I gave their Mum some leaves and tore tiny pieces off for them but she became agitated and ate them herself. I'm just curious about whether or not this is a protective behaviour on her part, or did she just refuse to share?!
  6. Just an update in case anyone else has a similar problem.... I found out that Norma was stepping on the edge of the nesting 'tray' and being a large bird she catapulted the eggs out of the nest. She has 3 left out of 6 but only one looks likely to hatch when I candled last week. They are due on Tuesday but I think I'll get a couple of day old chicks too.
  7. Thanks for the responses. I did check for signs of mite and couldn't see any so I'm not sure that is the problem. Too hot is a possibility as she had moved opposite the doorway, but I was worried she might get damp there if it rains again. She is in a bantam house and just tucked around the corner. She is about 4 or 5 years old and sat on eggs before but sadly they slipped out from under her at one point, until I put her in a lasagna dish (not roasting tin!) to hold the eggs in under her. She sat for nearly 4 weeks but the eggs never hatched having probably got too cold after slipping out. I have faith in her perseverance though. I'm keeping an eye on the mite possibility but have given her Ivermectin as a precaution anyway - she's not laying after all. I'm also now checking her twice daily instead of kicking her out only once a day to eat and drink. She should be a fairly good broody being a cuckoo maran. I may try the micropore tape as I am due to candle soon anyway. I only bought 6 eggs as having lots of chicks is not going to be sensible, but I'd rather not cut down to only 4 within the first 2 weeks. Thanks for the ideas. I have spotted the eggshell outside so perhaps it broke and she ate some then tidied up. She is a lovely chicken.
  8. Hello everyone. I'm a little worried about what to do with my broody hen. She has sat well before but today I found some eggy smear by the nesting box I had made for her and she was sitting on the remaining eggs in a corner (one is sadly cracked and I assume that means I should bin it....) Anyway, I have placed the eggs back in the nest but I'm worried she'll just move them again and maybe break some more (and eat them). Any advice please?
  9. Thanks for all the advice. She has perked up since the force feed and was eating OK by bedtime, drinking too. She had antibiotics by injection before this from a well informed vet. I have assumed gapeworm due to her repeated hiccup moves and some more typical signs and moves yesterday. I shall not be buying from that breeder again! I shall try the double dose Flubenvet. I was wondering about strengthening the dose anyway since she was eating so little. Having seen her recovery so far I would definitely consider force feeding in such circumstances again, but maybe I'll skip greek yoghurt if I can find an alternative! By the way I should point out that my force feeding was much more gentle than it sounds.
  10. Hi all. I've a young chicken, well short of POL, who has gapeworm I reckon. She has gone slowly downhill despite vet treatment but the gapeworm theory is only a recent one - she only hiccups slightly. I've started her on Flubenvet today but I think she is no longer eating. i've given her a does of nutri-drops and force fed her some chick crumb with greek yoghurt (all I had handy). Is there anything else I should do?
  11. Hi there. I have a chicken who has had an impacted crop for about a year! She is my healthiest chicken, even missing the coccidiosis outbreak a few months back. My vet, a chicken keeper himself had recommended starving her for 24 hours but when that failed and she remained very well I just kept an eye on her. She couldn't be more well otherwise.
  12. Thanks for the advice. I've given them some tonic and I'm ready to spray the coop again as long as I have a good few hours without rain. I've added DE to their main dust bath and sprinkled them with mite powder. Their poo is fine - at least I've not seen anything suspicious. But I still lack ideas for feeding them up. I have seen scrambled eggs mentioned on another site so I gave them that this morning. Maybe there isn't anything else to try.... Thanks for all the thoughts. Tania x
  13. I think my chickens are anaemic. They have varying degrees of pale combs and faces and I have just found and blitzed some red mites in the coop. I'm going to dust them later before bed. Does anyone know how I might be able to treat the anaemia? I've given them some mealworms and sunflower hearts plus poultry spice in their food. I know these will all pep them up a bit but is there something more I could feed them? Is spinach any good?? T x

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