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  1. I heard this on episode 1 of the new series of the good wife and a quick Internet search got me here.... Be warned... It's a bit odd and very catchy...
  2. RIP Little Tallulah... hench hen until the very end - but still first in the queue for a cuddle and a snooze on my lap.
  3. I bought 4 chickens to add to my flock last year from Widgets. Lovely birds, very patient and knowledgeable owners (whilst I whittled it down from the 8 i really liked), reasonable pricing and all in great condition in a small holding. I only went for 2 chooks, but ended up buying a mixture of pure breeds and hybrids. Very happy with my girls and hope to go back to restock when i have the room!
  4. Thank you all for your feedback! - Very much appreciated and I am glad she is not alone in her manly ways! I think I will just leave her in peace and let them develop (or not) and hope that she remains a good layer for few more years to come.
  5. Here are some pictures. They are not great but it was a bit like photographing road runner on steroids... all of my hens love the limelight so would not behave - so in the end bribery was the only option... Do you see what i mean re the spurs? Can you trim them like their nails? (a couple of mine have wonky toes so I am used to doing this?) Is there a quick to avoid? Or are they best just left alone to grow
  6. I have a 2 cream legbars in my flock who are now about 2 years old. Both are girls (they both regularly lay) and both had quite big spur buds. In the last few months, one of them has developed full spurs with talons and everything Feathers look rounded still and her face furniture has always been somewhat developed (but her sister is the same). Is she now only one disfunctional ovary away from becoming a boy? Does anyone else have a hen with fully developed spurs?
  7. I had a very similar thing during the snowy period last year. Desperate to be let out they were pacing up and down so I finally opened the run door expecting in the normal rush to the bird feeders in the garden. They took one look (not even one foot over the threshold) and despite the door being open all day decided to stay put. After a while the pacing stopped the noise stopped and they just decided that until i removed the snow - they that week they would mainly be at home
  8. Also undergoing pecking order changes as I am also integrating some new girls - who don't really quite know what they have done wrong to deserve such moody sisters. Secretly I whisper to the new girls that they should take no notice of hens who only have only an average of two tail feathers each - both of which point in different, odd and unusual directions. I would be tempted to help the tail feathers fall out - but you cannot be sad with moody hens for when they look so ridiculous! Think the worse of the feather drop is over with, but cleaning out the run/house last week was a nightmare with loose feathers everywhere!
  9. Thanks Skye. I already have some avipro kicking around so I will give that a whirl. I have been using a nice dose of lifeguard in their water too - to compliment the tuna meals/cat food meals. Can really relate to the angry cluck noise- I am hearing that in unison from the 4 that a moulting. They are like really really very grumpy old women at the moment. Heres hoping that peace is restored soon!
  10. I want my lovely friendly tame cuddly chooks back... ever since they started moulting in force, they have become moody surly little madams. No one can touch them, go near them, they won't jump up on my lap like they used to. I suppose it is a stressful and uncomfortable time of their little chickeny lives - especially when they all looked oven ready about a week ago but I cannot wait until its over and my ladies return to normal lovely selves. I'm upping the protein levels to help speed things along - but is there anything else I can do to help get them through this?
  11. I use an old tin bath with sawdust/sand/soil/diatomous earth combo. They love it and are always in it when confined to the run - but naturally prefer the personalised chicken body shaped holes in the lawn and borders.
  12. I ended up going to Widgits near Reading. There are suppliers more local to me (mill house farm) but they only sell hybrids, which is fine, but I quite like a mixture (and I had been let down by them in the past). Rachael at Widgits has a really nice set up with lovely birds, a good selection and you can see the mummys and daddys too. She also put up with my less that speedy decision making, if I could have bought another 4, I would have done She also happened to have some spare boxes to use when the morehens disease tookover
  13. She (Noodle) is currently 2nd to bottom in the pecking order - but I can tell she has aspirations. It is the Orps who seem a bit developmentally challenged - especially the blue one. Bless her. My boss, who is Austrian, told me today about a famous Austrian proverb: ' A blind chicken will often find an ear of corn'. I am afraid in the case of the blue orp - even with 2 perfectly working eyes - if she did find the ear of corn in time, she would not be allowed near it (buts its OK she gets special extra's when the others aren't looking!).

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