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  1. They have given up pellets! I am just about to cave and let them have Alfamix....
  2. I bought one wee bag to see what the girls thought of it and now they are turning their noses up at anything else! They have been on hunger strike for 3 days.....
  3. I have just ordered some Ukadex - it seems to be the stinkiest, vilest spray on the market so I'll give it a go ! Would a saddle stop bottom/tail pecking?
  4. Moth's eggs are a lovely pale blue and Dandelion's are palest ivory . I searched the forum for threads referring to anti-peck spray and didn't find any saying that it worked! The only thing I see that has had any success is a bit - loathed to do it because a) not sure I could manage to put one on single handed and b) seems a shame to do it to a bird who has just moved house
  5. They are all calmer today but Moth is definitely pulling Dandelion's feathers. Is there anything I can do? Will it stop when they are all free-ranging?
  6. Are any of the tinned sardines OK or do they have to be fresh?
  7. Enter Dandelion and Moth: Dandelion (on the right) is a Houdan - with no tail Moth (on the left) is a Cream Legbar. They arrived yesterday courtesy of Wernlas and both have already laid! Patsy and Eddy are horrified to say the least . Patsy has already managed to nip Moth's comb through the bars of the run and make it bleed. Moth has decided to stand up to her and rather than avoid Patsy, she is squaring up to her whenever Patsy approaches the run. Methinks this introduction may take some time.... Her is Moth again: and here is Dandelion again (sans tail): After our first full day at home I see why Dandelion has no tail. Moth is pulling her feathers out! When I was at Wernlas I was told that they are used to each other because they have been housed together. The tail must have been destroyed by Moth or another chicken(s) at Wernlas. Because they are being introduced to Patsy and Eddy, they only have an eglu run at the moment so are rather on top of each other. The floor is littered with Dandelion's feathers - poor girl! There doesn't seem to be any aggression going on. I have hung up a corn on the cob to distract Moth but she obviously hasn't seen one before and hasn't tried it yet - though I'm sure she will. Any suggestions?
  8. Thanks Space Chick! He still grumbles and has made me put up a fence so that they don't have access to the whole garden (I didn't argue) but he has been spotted throwing them grapes and chuckling at the sight of them runnin g. He also eats the eggs quite happily!
  9. I like "Nugget"! Do I have some disease or a compulsion? The reason I ask is that I am already planning - chicken number 5 is to be a Barnevelder! However - I really don't have garden enough for 5 so she will have to wait. Do tell us all about your Cream Legbar, Fleur, on Friday! I have 10 more sleeps to go - and a very long drive....
  10. On a week Saturday I will be picking up a Houdan and a Cream Legbar to go with my 2 big white Cochins . I swore I wouldn't do this but somehow it seems inevitable ....What if I lost one - then the other would be on her own....totally wrong! I have had to invest in an Eglu because there would not be roon for 4 in the Chicube . At least that means introductions can be as slow as they like. Very excited! Now I need new names. Daughter number 2 suggested Goujon for the Houdan which I am quite taken with - but so far not much of an idea for the Cream Legbar
  11. I put food (pellets on their own) and water in the house. The reason being that a) there is room for it b) my husband is paranoid about vermin and keeping food in the house ( at least the one I have) makes it virtually inaccessible to vermin at night and C) there are no spillages outside - again vermin unfriendly - any spillages are contained and end up in the dustbin. The girls go in and out of the house during the day to eat - there is water available to them outside as well. The arrangement seems to be working well. Also - if I am late letting them out in the morning - maybe getting home late after a night shift - I don't have to worry about them starving!
  12. Run the Welcome Wizard - it will help a lot. Once you have all your books showing in Calibre just click on the one you want to convert, click the "Convert" button and choose the format you want. If it's for your iphone you need epub. If any of your books have Digital Rights Management encoding (which books purchased via Sony, Waterstones etc probably do) you may not be able to read them on your iphone whatever format they are. The only DRM books I have are from Amazon and I have to read them on my Kindle iphone app which I don't like as much as Stanza - it works fine however. I only have about 50 Amazon books, the rest are DRM-free. I'm not sure how you would go about reading DRM books from Sony, Waterstones etc on your iphone - maybe they have an iphone app as well. Have fun!
  13. It's very easy. Just nownload Calibre to your pc (free). It is an amazing piece of software. I use it to organise my 6500plus books. It will convert virtually any ebook format to any other for you. The only thing I have found is that I need to change .doc files to .txt files using Microsoft Word first - but I don't often find ebooks in that format anyway.
  14. Has anyone tried? I can't tell my girls apart any more.... I have some 18mm leg rings, but just feeling their legs I am doubtful whether they will go on - especially with all the feathers.....
  15. The vet wouldn't give me Panacur at all....
  16. I have a KIndle which I love. I have read so much more since I've had it. The iPad looks as though it would provide a great reading experience except that it is really heavy compared to the Kindle and much too big to carry comfortably in my handbag. Also the battery life is about 1/20th of the Kindle's. I also have an iphone which I read on at work during breaks (I need something that can sit u"Ooops, word censored!"trusively in my uniform pocket). I can read happily on the iphone for about half an hour (the length of my break) before the tiny screen size starts to annoy me. I can read all my Amazon books on my iphone using the Kindle App (free). Stanza (also owned by Amazon) is my favourite reading software for iphone so I convert all my non-Amazon books to epub for reading on the iphone. I have thousands of ebooks - mostly free ones I've downloaded from Mobileread.com - public domain classics. I can read them all on my Kindle. I'm happy with my Kindle. I will only give it up when Amazon brings out one with an e-ink colour screen. I know colour is not necessary for reading but I love all my pretty covers (sad I know)! Also, I use the dictionary function a lot and I wish it were not quite as clunky to navigate but I can put up with that! Amazon have the biggest stock of ebooks and that is a deal-breaker for me.
  17. I would like to use Panacur for worming this time and have ordered "Panacur Granules for Cats and Dogs". I didn't buy the suspension because I am afraid of killing the girls syringing them. Have I done the wrong thing? The formulation is described as "A 22% granulate formulation of Fenbendazole, PhEur. as a ready to administer oral anthelmintic for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. 1 g Panacur Granules contains 0.22 g active ingredient Fenbendazole, PhEur". Will this be OK? I was going to mix it with chopped grapes or similar. Thanks!
  18. Could you set up a joint attack on the rat population with the Animal Sanctuary people? They must have the same problem.l It would be more likely to succeed if all food sources are cut off at once.
  19. Yep! Patsy and Eddy are having another duvet day - they won't come out of that house for anything!
  20. Bought a big pumpkin today. Cut off a slice for the tortoise - he charged it in fury and is now sulking, cut a slice off for the parrot - he shrieked and is now perched as far away fromit as he can get, gave the rest to the chikkies - they are ignoring it. My animals don't read the right books
  21. I guess it depends on how you define a "nuisance". I can't think of many ways in which three chickens could manage to be much of a nuisance. Noise - doubtful - unless one is a cpckerel, smell - hardly, rat attractants - possibly - depends on how they are being cared for.
  22. Hmmm - I think I must be a fluffy feet lady then.....

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