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  1. Bye bye lovely Agate, my barred rock hybrid, aka Zoom Zoom 'cos you couldn't catch her.
  2. Welly-the-Welsumer, you were still young, sorry we didn't find out what was wrong in time.
  3. Just wanted to add that I'm sorry to hear this, (and sorry I'm a bit late but I haven't been reading the forum much lately.)
  4. And now Bombay Sapphire joins her rescue-sisters Tequila and Mojito at the Rainbow Bridge.
  5. Goodbye Mojito ex-caged chicken, one of my "Ginger Ninja's" at about 3 and a half yrs old.
  6. Perhaps, I don't really know! I suspect we are equivalent to top in the pecking order, but not part of the pecking order. Maybe we are viewed as "large food providing thing with power to pick us up and shut us away" and we get deferred to because of that. That is unless you have a cockerel/top hen that thinks otherwise and tries to put you in your place by attacking you instead; usual advice is then to pick them up and carry them around thus enforce your authority over them.
  7. They are flock animals and will establish a pecking order where there is a leader (a cockeral if your neighbours allow, or one of the hens assumes this position) and then varying levels of dominance until the bottom hen. Top bird sorts everyone out and settles disputes, bottom bird submits to everyone and gets chased off the feeders/eats last etc. Your role as food provider puts you up near the top of social standing so with the loss of your top bird the lower ranks are looking to you for the leadership she provided, but of course you can't always be with them. They don't need anything more from you other than reassurance that someone else is in charge! As they adjust to the situation one of them will step up to become the leader and their neediness will diminish. At least - that's what I think, but I'm just an amateur chicken psychologist! Condolences on losing one of your chooks.
  8. A design made of rectangles that get bigger as you add them to the outside edge. Many designs, here's an example: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2013/04/tutorial-quilt-as-you-go-log-cabins.html Can also been done in knitting and crochet by picking up stitches along a finished edge.
  9. I'm afraid I'm going for 'chap' as well due to the pointy neck and saddle/back feathers.
  10. Glad to hear she's doing well! Too much apple I would have thought would cause sour crop rather than an impaction as I would expect it to ferment. As for grit I think most poultry grit is sized for adults unless specified otherwise, I had to go online to get 'growers' sized grit. You say the vet gave you the blockage - can you identify the substance without opening the bag? Whilst it's wise to review their living arrangements try not to blame yourself for this, sometimes things just happen.
  11. Well, at least it's out now which is good! If she seems awake enough then I think some soft food would be ok, I don't remember my vets ever saying to withold food.
  12. I remember doing crop 'massage' on Agate, then when I took her to the vets he pulled and pushed her crop impaction rather more forcefully than I had and I realised that I hadn't been doing it hard enough!
  13. I am sorry to hear that the last of the little-legged wonders has left you, but what a wonderful retirement!
  14. I've had one who used to disappear into the nestbox, sit for a while, then come out shouting about.... nothing. She hadn't laid but I think was keeping up appearances to maintain her ranking.
  15. Beat me to it! I'm afraid that looks like a male to me Thin pointy neck (cloak-like) and head feathers, and sweeping saddle/lower back feathers, and longer curving tail feathers.
  16. I was going to say he doesn't look like a light Sussex, sorry I can't help with what he is though. Hope he settles in well for you
  17. All my ladies share a run but the ex-colony cage girls have reclaimed 'their' eglu now that the big babies have moved out - they just prefer their own company at nights! Last year before the big babies arrived I was tired of cleaning 2 houses so I closed off the eglu and only left the cube open, but would the ginger ninja's go to bed in there? Nope, "we want to sleep on the branch in the run even if it's cold." When the youngsters arrived they were installed in the eglu end of the run with the divider in place and stayed there for several months, then I switched the gingers and babies over so the posh top birds could accept the babies. Once the babies were 'acceptable' I took down the divider and hoped that the top bird would keep everyone in check, and she did. Now everyone has a choice on which house they want to use and it's definitely gingers= posh birds=
  18. Best thing is to upload photos somewhere like photobucket and then post the links here. That way we can all look at the feather shapes, leg thickness, wattles, spurs etc for clues to help you. Q: It was definitely a crow and not some other (egg announcing?) noise? You can eat fertilized eggs, they won't taste or cook any differently. The problem with keeping cockerels is usually that the neighbours don't appreciate the crowing, which can happen at all times of the day not just in the morning. Also, with only 2 ladies they might suffer from excess male 'attention', most likely skin injuries to their backs from his spurs.
  19. My skyline is now my top chicken, she lays blue eggs and likes to take the winter months off - it must be good for her, she's about 5 yrs old now. I also have a speckled sussex and she is a friendly bird, she's still young and at point of lay (I can get her to crouch but no little eggs from her yet). My other sussexes are/have been light sussex (white ones) and reverse sussex (a black hybrid version) and they have been friendly birds, good layers and with lots of personality! I recommend both - sorry that doesn't help you much! Depending on your available space a Sussex tends to be a big bird as I believe bluebelles are too, a skyline tends to be a medium sized bird.
  20. Forgot to say the boxes are polystyrene so I'd better not blowtorch them! Only the stand, floor surround and roof are wood. The lady did give me a super and a brood frame of drawn out comb so that should help. How do I shut off a mesh floor? It has an inspection tray under it. And will the rusty supers be a problem?
  21. Send some my way for my 1st hive! I have a secondhand national hive that needs occupying, planning to put some empty frames in the brood box once I've assembled them, and bait them with pheremones. I'm planning to do 'natural-ish beekeeping' so I'll let the bees decide what size they want their brood comb. I'm assuming it doesn't matter about cell size for the supers and the seller gave me supers frames with foundation - the wire is rusty in places though - will the bees mind that?
  22. Teeth problems - yes! Perhaps a more likely scenario that what I suggested.
  23. Hmm, been a while since I had contact with piggies (I just happened to read this post) and I don't know if this can happen in them, but the sudden swollen neck sounds like an underactive thyroid goitre, or some other thyroid problem. As a hypo(underactive)thyroid sufferer myself the symptoms being described could be due to this; the lethergy, everything slowing down including bowels, ok the runny eyes and nose I'm not so sure on but your immune system gets poor so maybe... anyway, just throwing that out there. Hope you find out what it is, I remember piggies having this terrible tendency to just give up.

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