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  1. Hi all... I've been AWOL for ages... apologies. ... I just wanted to come along, and wish everyone a very happy Christmas, and invite you all to join in with my sing song... On the first day of Christmas, my wish list said to me... A Poland in a pear tree On the second day of Christmas, my wish list said to me... 2 Australorps And a Poland in a pear tree Ok.... You get the idea, so here it is... sing along........ or add your own wishes to the list....... 12 Leghorns laying 11 Batts complaining 10 Gingers ranging 9 Buffs a bwaarking 8 Pullets pecking 7 Bantams Pekin 6 Frizzles flapping 5 Gold Legbars!!!!!! 4 Indian Game 3 Cochins 2 Australorps And a Poland in a pear tree !!!!! Merry Christmas everyone!! ...... Just a bit o' fun
  2. Yes, put the grit/shell in a seperate container. They will help themselves to it when required. They instinctively understand the need for it, and don't need it to be added to their feed to make them eat it. Mine have it in a pot, which I often see them dibbing into, but I also put it between the paving slabs in the garden outside their run, which they also seem to like.
  3. Hi there. No matter how much dry soil there is in the garden, mine still choose to dustbathe in their shavings... and then come back outside and shake themselves all over the lawn Just a thought... have yours got a supply of grit readily available to them? I wondered if a lack of this might explain their avid sand eating?
  4. Good on ya girl... ... Glad you enjoyed your day... Yes... we can totally associate with your enthusiasm... We're all chicken mad here........ .............
  5. A lot of folk swear by limestone flour, though I've never used it. I do use codliver oil. One of my ladies has a bit of an issue with her eggs, and the codliver oil seems to help. It apparently aids the absorbtion of calcium. I'm not sure how much and how often, and have settled for adding a quarter of a teaspoon to their evening mash, every third day. This is for two ladies. I expect someone will give you some more info mimi. I too, would like to know what else to try. I worry about adding stuff that will upset their food ratio/balance too much, or adding something to the food for one, that is not needed by the other.
  6. So sad you lost Amber. Your new girls are gorgeous, and will keep you busy! Hope they settle in, and all goes well for you.
  7. If you google it, there are some interesting threads on aspirin for chooks. Good luck with your girl.
  8. Love the sandals... Eye one looks a little dodgy, although, to be fair, this is the moving iPhone pic ... We had a blind cat once. His unseeing eye had a very large pupil, apparently constantly seeking the light that wasn't there. Her pupil looks smaller than in the normal eye in pic 2. I'm sure someone with experience of such, will be along soon. Distorted/strange shaped pupils can be a sign of Mareks disease, Personally, if she's happy, and there's nothing physically wrong with the eye, and as you say, there's no infection or anything untoward going on with it, I'd try not to worry.
  9. Oh mimi!... Not more grief for you!... Hopefully, this is just a blip. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
  10. How awful! What a horrible shock. Clearly, it was so sudden, you couldn't have seen it coming. Like mimi said, something like a heart attack? Chickens are so good at carrying on 'as normal'. In a situation like this, it would probably be impossible to have noticed if anything was brewing. Best wishes to you.
  11. Sorry to hear your sad news. You have very understanding vets, which must help a little.
  12. It's so hard to lose a loved pet isn't it. So sorry to hear about Phyllis.
  13. That's fantastic news mimi! You deserve a turn around in luck, after all you've been through... though credit, where it's due... you couldn't have done more to help your flock...Hats off to you (and your lovely vet)... ............. Enjoy your calm period! x
  14. I agree. Behaving like a cockerel, or like the top hen (that you are!) should do the trick. She may be challenging the pecking order, if one of the others has come into lay... She won't want to be at the bottom, and is including you in the equation. Like gongladosh says, pick her up and outstare her (with wide eyes), or like you have done, get her to crouch by pressing her down like a cockerel would......... Little madam .... and don't let her get the upper hand.
  15. Quite!.... ....... I am suffering from a particularly virulent strain of the disease, and this post is bordering on merciless!! .......
  16. ......... It's the feelgood factor of having folks who understand us, for whatever reason... (or are as dotty as us... )
  17. So sad. Rest in peace, Lily.
  18. Gorgeous pics!.....You lot are setting my morehens off! ...........
  19. Drinker perched on an upturned terracotta plant pot... same type, but the plastic version. I have three.... one in their run and two in the garden, especially in warm weather. My chooks have beards, which get wet with an open drinker, which isn't ideal in winter. I've noticed though, that chooks like to drink from shallow things, like upturned bucket rims that have gathered rain water, puddles and the like. This type of drinker provides that for them.
  20. ......... I have to place 'tubes' of wire netting around individual 'fave' plants which we love to have a good peck at (destroy). Agreed, that netting off the veggies helps. Instead of floppy netting for the chooks' enclosure, why not try wire netting, stapled to stakes banged into the ground?
  21. I immediately thought myco too. I believe vaccinated birds are just as much a threat, as they can carry illness, and shed it, often without showing symptoms themselves... (though it sounds like these are rather an unhealthy bunch, despite their vaccinations!) I'm not sure whether five metres would be enough. It would be nice of them to wait until their flock is clear of illness, before moving closer to yours. I wonder if they'd mind waiting?
  22. Hi... If you google it, there's quite a bit of advice. I think you'd be wise to keep her off it until it's grown and been mowed a few times, to allow the chemicals to 'grow' out of it, (so at least a few weeks). Can you put up some temporary netting to confine her to your garden? The weedkiller part of the equation, could be particularly harmful, and if she enjoys the odd dandelion, she'll ingest the chemical with it, as it will be a systemic weed killer, absorbed throughout the plant.
  23. What a lovely, supportive vet you have mimi. Your Florence seems to be making the most of her life, and you're doing all you possibly can for her. Let us know how things go with her. x

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