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  1. Thank you all, I think I will probably go down the wooden walk in run, the jimvysearks look good! I might have to wait until I move house though, which was one of the reasons for considering Omlet, but I did love my wooden wir.
  2. I am considering getting a walk-in run, as I am fed up with squeezing into my cube run and miss interacting with my girls properly. However, I have some misgivings about the Omlet walk-in, they are as follow 1. Does the top half of the mesh let rats in? 2. Covering the run with tarps to make it weather friendly, looks unsightly, especially as they get grubby quickly and need replacing every 18 month or so, can a proper roof be added and how? 3. How does it cope with strong wind? 4. How well protected from the elements are your birds? Is an Omlet walk-in as good as a timber framed walk-in with a solid roof? I am a little doubtful about the Omlet walk-in, so would be grateful to any views. I did have a custom built walk-in run, bought many years ago from a company recommended by Omlet owners. I don’t know who is currently a good company to buy from, the original guy I purchased from no longer makes them, any suggestions? Thank you in advance for any replies.
  3. I have had many many Omlet products, I think they are super, especially when compared to the other coops I owned previously. I have now added a mk2 cube to my list of products and am delighted with it, albeit smaller compared to the mk1. I currently have my four girls in a cube run, but wondered how the Omlet WIR compares to a more standard run? My biggest concern is the best way to provide shelter to my girls, I use omlet covers on all of my runs before, but wonder if they really provide sufficient cover on a WIR? My other walk ins have a corrugated roof and removable Perspex sides, which keeps the current inhabitants comfy and dry, even in the very worst of weather, would this be true of an Omlet version?
  4. Yep, I did buy her some ivermectin, just in case, although she has now stopped fortunately. I had given her tiny drops of warm oil in her ears, which seems to have sorted it or dislodged something!
  5. I have a new mini flock and my little gold partridge Wyandotte, has increasingly been scratching both sides of her head. I noticed this early on and have seen it increase over the week, I have looked in her ears and around her head and can see nothing untoward, like lice etc. I will have her in again tonight to look more closely in her ears, but I am not too sure what to do with her. I might try a little warm oil on a cotton bud? She is otherwise fine and behaving normally. Any ideas most welcome.
  6. I am running a retirement home for aged hens, I haven’t seen an egg for months from the ‘younger’ hens and my elderly Perkins packed up laying years ago! Jenny has had a couple of dodgy moments, but was cured with hemmeriod cream and some vigorous rubbing while upside down, I won’t go into details, as some of you might be having breakfast!
  7. I have an aged Pekin who is now in double digits and going strong, although I do wonder about her eyesight. She was all ready laying when I bought her for my youngest son, so I think she is around eleven years old. I had a Wyandotte who got to ten, but Jenny does seem fairly ancient! How old is your oldest?
  8. Hi there, if you are still looking I have a red base which is a rabbit version, I sold my Eglu and would like to get rid of the base. If you are interested, pm me, my husband works in Birmingham during the week, so you could collect it from him! Open to offers chuckmum
  9. Hi, I am looking at getting some guinea pigs for school. My intention is to buy a Eglu/Go hutch which will be inside a 3m x 2m full height walkin run, so the children can interact with the pigs (supervised of course). My questions are : can I leave the guinea pigs outside all year round? I will cover the run with tarps to keep it dry and provide shade, the go/eglu will have the insulating insert/jacket when cold. How does the Go compare to the Eglu for cold weather protection? My feeling is that the Eglu is more robustly made. I am intending on getting four pigs, would the run need moving regularly? Many thanks
  10. Hi, I am looking at getting some guinea pigs for school. My intention is to buy a Eglu/Go hutch which will be inside a 3m x 2m full height walkin run, so the children can interact with the pigs (supervised of course). My questions are : can the guinea pigs leave a year round outside? I will cover the run with tarps to keep it dry and provide shade, the Eglu will have the insulating insert when cold. How does the Go compare to the Eglu for cold weather protection? I am intending on getting four pigs, how often would the run need moving? Any suggestions for holiday accommodation, I do have a go up run and house I sometimes use for my broody hens, could I turn the ladder into a ramp with sides and use the guinea pig base? Many thanks
  11. Does anyone know if omlet do an adapter to allow a Go Up to be connected to the end of a cube run? I am sure I saw different ends that fit a whole variety of different runs, maybe to connect to to the walk in, but I can't find them. Basically I have two hens in a 5m cube train living separate to the main flock (housed in a wooden walk in with cube and an off shoot 1m GO UP. I would like to use the cubes for the main flock and the Go Up for my two hens, but keep the cube run for them. Before I make my own adaptions, out of various spare bits I have I was hoping for a simple solution. I either need an adapter to allow cube run to fit to the GO Up or one to fit the cube run to GO UP run adapter, any ideas???
  12. I would also advise starting with the four rather than adding two later, which is not without its risks. Pekins are broody little devils, mine lay a couple of eggs then spend most of the summer being broody! You will needs to have a spare coop or the like to deal with this, so factor this in, it could be a rabbits hatch/run.
  13. It is a perfect size, even some room to squeeze a couple more!!!
  14. I've loved it, really disappointed it has finished, I enjoyed series 1 too. I think Sarah Lancashire is excellent, also think she is great in Last Tango in Halifax, when is that on next? Another cracking drama
  15. Yes he is a horrid character, but what about his mother, that is a strange relationship! We have been warning Helen about him for months and now he is plotting to have poor little Henry banished to boarding school! Great storyline to listen to, we listen on Sunday mornings in our pj's after a nice breakfast.
  16. I also make my own stock, which I freeze into bags ready for soup making. I particularly like the non stick bottom of my machine which allows me to sauté any raw meat before adding everything else to turn it into soup. Ham and pea is my sons favourite, dead easy to make with bacon lardons, peas and stock from the freezer! I don't even like soup that much, but I am hoping it will help me lose weight, but I guess the bread and butter hunks don't really help much!
  17. Wow peanut butter, might give that a go. Yes, the soup maker us a doddle, chop up small, add the stock, press smooth or chunky and return to eat it in 21 or 28 mins respectively! I made soups my self in pans and the blized, but this is really simple, easy and much smooth than mine. I am most impressed.
  18. Yummy, it's is great, we have all enjoyed the potato, broccoli and Stilton soup I made in 21 mins!!!! Not to sure of the calories, but I had a lump of Stilton that has been hanging around, so it's now gone. Four bowls plus seconds for everyone, sceptical husband is impressed!! Can't wait to try out more recipes now souper
  19. I have a soup machine coming tomorrow and wondered whether anyone has easy recipes I could try out? Also, any tips regarding these machines, I am hoping that I can use the soups on my fasting days (5:2 diet).
  20. What lovely presents! I have a beautiful hot water bottle and cover, I am in awe of the skill with textiles, something I am hopeless at - it is really beautiful thank you swappe! From the wonderful Christmas Elf, I also have a lovely little bag, which is now full of make up stuff and will live in my work bag, just what I needed and a perfect size. And a hot pot pad which has a pouch of something that releases fragrance when heated!!! Wow, such great gifts, thank you both of you very much!!!! Sorry, I can't resize the photo on my iPad in photobucket and I am away from my computer, it has chopped off the case and some of the heat pad.
  21. Many many thanks to the Elf and swappe, I was intercepted by my Postie with two parcels!!!!! A huge thank you to my secret swapper for paying the painfully high postage to get it here today and to the Elf for insuring I had something should Santa's sleigh have suffered a serious breakdown, I feel rather spoiled now . Thank you both very very much and Happy Christmas!
  22. My fingers are crossed that something arrives tomorrow, I know a Christmas Elf has sent an emergency pressie (which is very kind), as my swap has sadly been delayed. If nothing arrives, I guess I can look forward to a post Christmas present.
  23. They look lovely! I am , nothing here yet.
  24. We often get our first egg around Christmas, several times the first ones were on Christmas Day! Lovely extra present. My Pekins however never lay early, it is always around March they start, then go broody straight away !

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