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  1. Hi guys, I have my 6 girls in a cube attached to a shed and a good siz outdoor space. Every morning, one or two of them are making a real racket and I'm worried it'll be getting on the neighbours nerves. It's getting on mine! In winter, I lock them in the cube to sleep but now it's light before I even wake up, I've been leaving them to it. They all chose to sleep on a mezzanine level in the shed which is also open to their outside space. Do you think I should be putting them in the cube every night still or is there something else I could do? I dont want to get a complaint and
  2. Thank you all so much for the replies guys, you've all helped! Definitely food for thought but I do think a frank discussion is needed. I just need to think about how I'm going to broach the subject without causing any friction. I can't just grin and bear it as that'll probably end up with a fall out. I'll let you know how it goes
  3. Thanks for the reply. They usually drive but it turns out it's just my mum coming so she'll be coming on the train. Still a hassle though with the food drama and it'd mean my son would be expected to go on an airbed for a week in our bedroom. Not really fair on him. Think it's too late to say we have something planned now as we've already spoken about her coming and I never mentioned anything. I don't think they do notice that they're getting under our feet. I like the hotel idea, a mutual place with our own spaces, only downside is eating out at a restaurant; an absolute nightmare w
  4. I really doubt anyone is pinching the eggs. Our garden is surrounded by 4 other gardens and we know all the neighbours. Plus, We we're in all day on Sunday and still no eggs. I'm going to buy some and put them in the nesting box in the hopes it might remind them of our mutual agreement! I provide shelter, food, drink, entertainment, cleaning and a pamper service in return for my poached eggs on toast! I'll let you know if my trickery works.
  5. Hi guys, hoping you can help me out. My folks live 8 hours away and we get on fairly well until we're together for more than 3-4 days. We don't argue or anything but they take over the house and say they want to visit to see the kids then spend the week sat on their ipads. It almost feels like we're getting in the way of their routine even though they are in our house. It's all the little things that build up that make it all so annoying and my wife and I end up really hating the last few days of their stay and really can't wait for them to leave. Sounds awful but they always just invi
  6. Hi, they're all hybrids and are about 30 weeks old. From the 6 of them, we were getting roughly 5 eggs per day for the last month and then all of a sudden none at all. I could understand if we were just getting less eggs but for it to be none is just weird.
  7. Hi guys, I have my cube attached to a 6x4 shed on stilts with a vinyl floor which I cover with a layer of Fresh Bed. Wondering if anyone else uses this and if anyone can advise on whether aubiose is better/worse/same. Fresh Bed seems to be OK until the slightest bit of damp and then you need to change the whole lot. I'm still undecided but I can't have them tap dancing on the lino.
  8. Hi guys, My girls are looking particularly miserable being confined to their WIR as I'm sure yours are too. I have my cube attached to an old 6 x 4 shed which is on stilts with a mezzanine floor and what was nice fresh bed flooring on top of vinyl. I'm doing my best to keep them entertained and happy with a ball, CD's hung up, grit, meal worms, whole cauliflower etc. The last couple of days they have been excited at the thought of being let out on the 6th Jan but when I broke the bad news to them about confinement until 28th Feb, they have all stopped laying. Now on a serious not
  9. Good evening fellow Omleteers, After a move around with work, we now have our perfect run set up and 3 (soon to be 6) girls happily homed. We had hens 4 years ago and had to move with work but kept our cube. Really pleased we did as we now have the space to keep them again. One question though. Are the girls really warm enough at night now it's getting colder or do they need something to make life a little more comfortable? I close the cube door every night to keep the cold out but I'm not convinced it's enough for them. Any tips or advice welcome.
  10. Morning all, Just been doing my weekly clean out and there seems to be loads of tiny flies crawling around on the poo trays. Any ideas? Also a few of my girls still have issues with bald patches above their tail feathers. I have wormed them, used stockholm tar, tried lice/mite powder. I give them apple cider vinegar one a month and they have veg and mixed corn regularly but they are still bald. The patches are red and look a bit sore. I just dont get how some people keep their birds at show standard? I want mine to be like that but just dont have the knowledge. Would a bat
  11. Hi all, Anyone ever used stockholm tar before? What is it actually supposed to be used for? I am using it on some bald patches just above my girls' tail feathers and bellies which I think might be some sort of mite but don't know how often to re-apply. Thanks
  12. Just moved my girls to their new home in the garden. This spot really cathes the sun in the afternoons and they love to dust bathe there.
  13. Thanks for you advice. I always used a pre-mixed wormer from Mini Meadows but I have since moved and struggle to find any chickeny places. Just had a quick look around and found some Flubenvet, just want to check this is what you suggest using - http://www.bhwt.org.uk/shop/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=129 Also, how long would this last for my 5 girls? Also getting some aplle cider vinegar for the first time. Do any of you use it?
  14. Hi, My girls are due to be wormed and Im unsure what to use. Any advice please? Thanks in advance. paul
  15. Hi all, I have 5 girls that are all balding in the same places. Please see the photobucket link below. Their bellies are bald, red and look sore and they are all bald just above their tail feathers which looks very dry. I have checked them all thoroughly for lice/mites but can find nothing. I'm really at my wits end and just want them to be happy and healthy. All seem quite happy and are laying better than ever. any advice welcome! Thanks in advance.
  16. Hi all, I first got my girls in December '09 and still have my Gingernut Ranger. she is the only one left from the original flock and still going strong; producing the largest eggs of all my 5 girls. How long are they supposed to live for? Also, just out of interest, who has/had the oldest hen? Mine is obviously Gingernut who is 3 1/2. Thanks
  17. Happy Easter. Just wondering why my girls seem to be bald just above their tail feathers and undersides? They all seem to happy and healthy and are all laying well. I've checked for mites and lice but found nothing. Any ideas or solutions?
  18. £100 is way too much money. I had the same problem as chickanne with loads of wild birds stealing the food so I bought a 10kg teadle feeder and its great. Was about £30-40 online and is well worth the money. The food lasts ages and stays dry inside it too. It makes a quiet clunk when the girls step on and off the platform but nothing that would disturb your neighbours. Have a look here http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=treadle+feeder&_sacat=0&_odkw=treadle+feeder&adpos=1s4&MT_ID=11&crlp=14589226747_2113181&tt_encode=raw&_osacat=0&clk_rvr_id=463125176963
  19. Thanks for the suggestions. Team numbers are only limited to the number of seats in the car. So far we have the following prizes; An exclusive tour of Pinewood Studios followed by lunch in the Pinewood Bar. An exclusive tour of the Aston Martin factory. An exclusive tour of the Morgan factory. We also have crates of Spitfire real Ale, Trophies and cash prizes. Top Gear have been appraoched every year and show no interest! Each team will recieve the following at the start of the event: A H4H Banger Run 2013 Polo Shirt Help for Heroes Wristbands Jelly Belly Jelly
  20. Hi, I am organising the 4th annual Help for Heroes banger Run in support of Help for Heroes. Each year we have given out prizes such as: the top 2 teams who raise the most money, have the best decorated car and the best overall team. So far I have managed to wangle an exclusive tour of Pinewood Studios and a tour of the Morgan Factory. The theme this year is The Movie Car Challenge so Im trying to keep the prizes either in line with the theme or cars. Ideally the prizes need to be shared between the whole team rather than a camera, ipad, etc. Any ideas welcome, the more prizes
  21. Right, that's the decision made. Thank you all very much. Looks like I'll save a bit of money too by not having a solid wood base I was originally planning. Just slabs, aubiose, 4 panels that screw together and corrugated plastic roof. Im serving in Cyprus until March but will be building as soon as I return. I promise to upload some pictures. Do you think I could use the WIR as an excuse to get another couple of girls? If I let the wife name them too?
  22. Thanks Mrs B, I've seen this on another thread too. http://www.mud-management.co.uk/index.php. They both work out about the same price for my planned WIR. Think I might try aubiose on slabs and see how I get on with it, if it doesn't work out and gets too wet then I'll have to decided weather I go for the woodchip option or the rubber chip option. I hate decisions like this, I wish I could potty train my girls!
  23. oh no. you know when you get an idea in your head and you cant stop thinking/reading about it? well thats me now! I've been reading on here about WIR floors and it seems a lot of people prefer a slabbed floor. How easy is it to clean a slabbed floor and will it stay dry enough to have a layer of aubiose (or similar) on top? Do I build my weld mesh side pannels and just sit it on the slabs or stay with the original idea and have a wooden base (like a shed floor) covered with a rubber mat? I you vote for the slabs, would I need to secure the run to them or just sit it on top? T
  24. Thanks for all the advice. I wanted to build a run with a solid floor as the ground where we live gets very wet in the lightest of showers. I thought about lino as a covering to avoid the wooden base getting wet, also thought it would be really easy to clean out and dissinfect. I like the rubber matting idea Redwing, will have a look online for some.

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