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  1. I have a broody Bhrama who has been sitting on 13 eggs in an eglu of her own. The chicks started to hatch last night and this morning we discovered one of the chicks had fallen out of the nesting area. We now have 7 healthy chicks with 4 more eggs to go. As one of the chicks fell out of the nest last night I am wondering whether to move the broody and the chicks in to a cardboard box and pop them by the aga. Another thought would be to take the nesting material out of the nest box and put it on the floor of the eglu. My only concern with this is that any chicks that aren't under the protection of their mother could easily die due to cold draughts. Any advice would be welcome.
  2. I know this may seem crazy however I thought I'd see if anyone else has experienced the same thing... After losing 2 of my girls in a fox attack my OH was so sweet and as a surprise he went to a breeder near us and bought some replacements... Not just 2 - he was bitten by the "oh they are all so lovely I can't decide so let's have 1 of each" bug. Anyway...with 5 newbies my existing 3 were fine and everything in the hen house is calm . However my Maran, the largest of my existing girls is now the most dominant and at the crack of dawn she has taken to making the most unholy noise. The first few mornings I thought that Mr Fox could be on the prowl however this morning I tiptoed out to the run and she was on top of the cube. The other girls were just pottering about in the run and weren't scared by anything at all. Until recently this hen has been a reliable layer however she has stopped laying now. Any advice as to how to firstly, get her back to being somewhat quieter in the mornings and eventually back into lay would be appreciated !
  3. I have a problem with my White Leghorn and one of my Ginger Rangers in that they are regularly laying soft shelled eggs - many of which are paper thin and are broken in the nesting box. The hens in question are both about 3 years old and are in good health with no visible signs of illness or stress. They are in a large walk in run and free range from time to time. I feed them layers pellets (Smallholders) and give them a treat each day especially in this cold weather. This is typically something like either soaked bread, cooked mashed veg peelings or cooked rolled oats. I mix these with a measure of limestone flour and a handful of oyster shell/ grit. They have been wormed recently too. The rest of my girls have shells as hard as bullets so I am at a loss as to why the shells on these two are so poor and I don't know what to try next. Any suggestions would be welcome!
  4. I have a Grandpa's feeder and for me it is worth its weight in gold. I bought the large size for my 8 chickens and when full it lasts for ages. It has also reduced the amount of spilt pellets in the run.
  5. Does anyone have a " Grandpa's Feeder" and if so how do you like it? I am very tempted by the thought that it will hold an entire bag of pellets and will stop the girls making such a mess with the pellets and hopefully cut down waste and rodent interest. The only reservation I have before doling out my hard earned pennies is how easy is it to clean. My girls seem to hop up and poo on anything and I wonder if it will be just another thing to scrub. Not a problem of it is easy to clean but more so if the nooks and crannies prove impossible to reach. Any ideas and feedback welcome. Linda
  6. Thanks for the advice - I'll put the roosting bars safely away for another 12 weeks!
  7. I have 2 five week old chicks which were hatched at school and they have come to live with me. They have been enjoying the sunshine during the day and they are in an eglu of their own. At the moment I am not using the roosting bars and I don't want to introduce them too early just in case I damage Molly and Lulu's feet. Please can anyone tell me what age the chicks should be for it to be OK to put the roosting bars into the eglu.
  8. I have 2 five week old Rhode Island Red chicks which I have been keeping inside at night but I have been putting them outside during the day. They are fine in their own eglu in a sheltered spot in the garden.
  9. You lucky thing! I am looking after our school kitchen garden which we developed over the Eater holidays and it is SO rewarding. The kids love it - the garden is open every playtime and is used rain or shine. I don't know if it is any help but we have planted courgettes, pumpkin (huge striped Tonda Padano), potatoes (we had a school potato growing competition run between the classes) Autumn Bliss raspberries, strawberries, mange tout, carrots ( I planted these at the end of the term so hopefully they will be ready in Sept), herbs,garlic and leeks. I am looking after the school tomatoes in my greenhouse at the moment - ready to be transported back to school next term. I am also going to plant some lettuces in pieces of drainpipe the same length as the raised beds at school which will be ready to plant out by the Green Fingers Club (that I also run) during the first week of term. For the winter we will also plant kale, and keep the swiss chard going too together with some onion sets for over wintering. Have fun!
  10. I have loads of plums in the freezer left over from last year. They are whole and uncooked as my mother in law kindly bunged them in the freezer for me when we were on holiday. I have, from time to time, made plum crumble with them which, apart from having to play "hunt the plum stones" was good. Does anyone have any other ideas on how I can use them? They are in really good condition but as they have been frozen for some time now I am keen to use them up.
  11. I know a really good company called CP Lighting that sells all sorts of bulbs - they have some of the "banned" ones still in stock including the clear ones I think you are looking for but also sell all sorts of the much dreaded energy saving bulbs and the new technology LED's. They are really efficient too! They are: http://www.cp-lighting.co.uk I hope that helps! Linda
  12. I know this may seem a silly question BUT some of the girls like sleeping on top of the cube so that the lid is covered with hard to remove white marks even after a thorough clean. I am getting my cube ready for sale and I wonder if there is any way to remove these marks.
  13. The soup sounds lovely BUT where's the recipe for the chocolate & courgette muffins??? My teenagers would be thrilled!
  14. Hi Lesley, I haven't tried the Marrow & Ginger Jam yet but here is a recipe from the Good Housekeeping Cookery Book. This is the recipe I will use, hopefully tomorrow. I make lots of different jams - many from the GH recipes and I find they are all fairly straight forward! 1.8 kg (4lb) marrow prepared weight 1.8 kg sugar 25g (1oz) root ginger peeled Thinly pared rind and juice of 3 lemons Peel the marrow, remove the seeds & cut into pieces about 1cm square. Place in a basin, sprinkle with about 450 g (1 lb) of the sugar and allow to stand overnight. Press the ginger with a weight to release the flavour from the fibres, tie it up in a piece of muslin with the lemon rind and place in a preserving pan with the marrow and lemon juice. Simmer for 30 mins, add the rest of the sugar and boil gently for 15 - 20 mins. When setting point is reached and the marrow looks transparent take off the heat & remove the scum. Remove the muslin bag. Pot and cover. makes about 3 kg (6-7 ordinary sized jam jars) Happy cooking - let me know how you get on!
  15. I was really interested to read these. I run a "green fingers"club at school and at the end of last term we had a plant sale which raised £80. When we took a vote as to how the children wanted the money to be used someone suggested a wormery and, of course, this was very popular. I have been thinking about getting the wiggly wrigglers kit but after reading these posts I have now looked at the original wormery company and I am in a dilemma as to which one to get. Any more feedback or ideas would be great!

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