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  1. Thanks Claret, I think that is what my vet is saying, liver tumours, that result in peritonitus - so not good news for the girls. I've lost a lot of ex-batts this way in the past, but to have 4 either sadly passed away or almost there is not good and a bit worrying for the rest of my flock. I'm hoping it's just old age, and liver tumours caused by their age rather than a virus, to protect the other girls.
  2. Hi, We lost 2 of our big girls last week, the vet thinks that it was due to liver tumours, as their abdomens were very fluidy. As we lost 2 in 2 days, he said to keep an eye on the others as there is a virus that causes tumours in their livers and that poultry farmers vaccinate against it, but on a small scale like me, it's not worth it. Has anyone else heard of this? I've kept a close eye on the girls, and now it looks like Toast and Beyonce may be coming down with something, Toast took herself to bed this evening early, so I managed to get hold of her, and again her abdomen feels all fluidy. Beyonce I couldn't catch which is a good sign but whenever she thinks I'm not looking she'd huddled in the corner of the run. We've got 7 hybrids in one run (all 3+ years now), 4 pekins next door (2+ years) in another run, and 2 little chicks at the moment, so I want to do whatever I can to stop this spreading if it is said virus. Any advice appreciated, Thanks Vicki
  3. Hi All, We've got a new company who are marketing themselves as ethical - however no free range eggs - imagine my surprise - as this should be a given with an ethical company surely??? Any ideas how I can find a free range egg supplier locally to my work (we are close to the Suffolk, Essex Cambs border), as if I can find one - and they'll do a good deal on the eggs - the canteen will change suppliers?? Any help appreciated Vicki
  4. Hi, Just noticed I have the very early signs of blight on my tomato plants. The fruit is still looking ok. What now - can I pick the fruit and ripen on the window sill, or do I just chop off adn burn the bad bits of plant and hopr for the best? Thanks Vicki
  5. Hi, Of my 8 hybrids, 6 have lost the feathers around their necks. This is now spreading, and 2 have lost the feathers on the top of their heads by the comb. I#ve checked them for lice and any other infestations, but no signs of anything. They are not moulting at the moment - apart from their necks and heads - any ideas what is happening to them - they don;t seem in distress, just look a bit silly! Thanks
  6. Hi, I've got my seed potatoes sprouting on the window sil - but then I plant them do I want the shoots pointing up to the sky, or into the ground? Thanks
  7. Hi, I too am considering teaching - after being a SAHM for a while. I've research all avenues already, but need to find a school where I can volunteer in first, just to make doubly sure. I find making any decision difficult at the moment - so I think this will stay on the back burner for a while (It has been for the past 10 yearrs!).
  8. Hello, Thanks to everyone for your replies. It is a very difficult decision, I think my plan might to be to leave, enjoy the summer with my little boy, the chooks, the allotment the dog (and the husband of course). Then reassess. I always wanted to be a secondry science teacher and somehow stumbled into my career (10 years on I realsie this!), so maybe I look at training when Leo has gone to school, so a good few years of not working yet......
  9. I do know that feeling well - but thought it was becuase I'm trying to do a job and look after a baby during the day!
  10. Hi, I haven't been on the forum for a while (that's what having a baby and lots of chickens does for you!) but could really do with some advice. We had our little boy in November 07, and I returned to work in June 08 - 3 days a week. My boss asked me to do 4 days a week in November - but from home - sounds like a nice compromise - but I'm now working all hours trying to fit in work around looking after a 16 month old. I travel for 1h40m a day with our little boy as he goes to nursery around the corner from where I work, and I actually think I hate my job now. I'm expected to do exactly what I did before maternity leave working full time in the 4 days I work. I was supposed to sign a new contract for 4 days a week in January, but my boss was off ill. I spoke to him about it yesterday about back dating it (as I've been doing the hours) - to be basically told hard luck - I should of sorted it out before hand - so I've lost part of my bonus, and holiday accural even though I've been working so hard for the company over the past 4 months. So - my question is - Stay at home mums - does it get boring at all? I came back to work because I liked speaking adult again - so I worry now about giving it all up, and not talking anything but babies. I love our little boy to bits, and feel incredibly guilt not being with him while I'm at work, espcially as I don't actually enjoy what I'm doing anymore - I think if I enjoyed my job maybe the guilt wouldn't be so bad? Any suggestions (sorry to of gone on so long!)
  11. Thanks to all, I think I scared him enough, and he hasn't visited again - yippeeeeeee! (He was a big grey squirrel - so if I did get hold of him - what on earth I'd do with him I have no idea!). On the note of ferret poop, yep tried that - and it did work on the other nasty 4 legged creatures who like my chicken food, until they burrowed under the run in another place - then it was poison for me.
  12. Hi, Just been out to see the girls and get the eggs to find the biggest squirrel I have ever seen trapped in the run (We have a walk in enclosure and run), and only 1 egg I'm thinking he's eaten the eggs as with 10 girls 5-6 eggs this time of year is normal. Any ideas how to get him to relocate? Vicki
  13. Hi, I got 3 ex batts in October last year. I got girls that were in pretty good nick out of the choice - as I was due to have a baby 3 weeks later and knew I wouldn;t be able to spend a huge amount of time with them. They stayed in QR for about 3 weeks, and then were let in with 3 pekin bantams - and guess what the ex batts ruled the roost! They have been very satisfying, and when sadly 2 of the girls passed away over the last 12 months it was very very upsetting, as they are the friendliest chickens I have ever had. You have to teach them everything! The only downside we had was that they laid a lot of very soft shelled eggs in the nest box, and this then needed cleaning out every day - which was a chore. Barbara hasn't laid an egg in about 6 months now, so I don't have that worry anymore. Vicki
  14. Hi, I've had 2 columbines / skylines from Thornes. Toast and Marmalade - Toast lays greeny eggs,a nd Marmaldae a lovely blue egg. Marmalade crouches and I can get hold of her - Toast on the other hand I can;t get anywhere near. I got them at the same time as my bluebelle - Bella, who is starting to get a bit big for her boots. Now I know Thornes has more columbines - I may have to pay them yet anopther visit.....

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