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  1. If I knew she was planning to get broody I would have given some viagra to my rooster. no I don't have a broody coop. I am making one,"if anything hatch chicks will be fine in the warm new broody coop. I should finish it next weekend. I didn't even Isolate her, but funny enough, she doesn't let any hens lay in her nest.
  2. I have one now, I don't have a broody cage yet. so I gave her 12 eggs, one broken, she has 11 now, if she hatches anything I will put electric hen beside her to help the chicks. I don't expect much as I have one rooster for 25 hens
  3. livestock. But well treated livestock. free range 24/7, the door only closes at night with automatic door opener
  4. The other thing you can do is look for a circular piece of metal that is 20mm in diameter, coin or washer or anything similar, heat it until it is red hot. then drop it in the middle of the plastic sheet. be careful you don't drop it on your foot. also you have to say some prayers that it lands in the middle of the plastic sheet.
  5. Unfortunately you need a hole saw, 20mm that you attach to the drill. You can use any plastic sheet over the hole you made in the bucket http://www.harborfreight.com/1-in-2-12-in-carbon-steel-hole-saw-set-11-pc-68114.html
  6. Just notice yesterday, as the red led is visible to the hens through the bigger hole, few of them tend to peck at the "base" of the feeder. and they get pellets. may be that is helping to prevent "floating"
  7. Same happened to me in the beginning, I covered the tip of the feeder with red tape it helped. also painting with red paint will do even a better job. just I didn't have red paint. may be red nail varnish will do
  8. I use the red lid of the container below It is working great, for a month or two now no problems I use 80 litre dust bin with it so rats can't chew their way in. http://www.google.ie/imgres?imgurl=http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/ODAwWDgwMA%253D%253D/z/5HAAAOSwrklU~His/%2524_35.JPG&imgrefurl=http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Westland-Garden-Health-Fish-Blood-Bone-All-Purpose-Plant-Food-10kg-tub-/160838126800&h=300&w=300&tbnid=d9Qnpm-fZbRbWM:&docid=BxmswNPZ6FyRXM&itg=1&hl=en&ei=4W5PVo3iFMHEPdTMnGg&tbm=isch&ved=0ahUKEwjN1pft2J_JAhVBYg8KHVQmBw0QMwggKAQwBA
  9. Paint the top of the run with car grease and they will stop sitting there.
  10. I found Trigger happy chicken feeder doesn't float when the plastic is thin, I used hard plastic bin, make a big hole at it's bottom and put a sheet of thin plastic in it with 20mm hole in the thin plastic I also found the below bait station works well. http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/946846/lightbox/post/14623271/id/6607806
  11. Mullethunter Eat a full tin today, if you are alive tomorrow, your hens will be fine
  12. I would try some treats in the evening to encourage them to go up. but if where they sleep is safe I wouldn't push so hard. hens instinct is to roost in the highest place they can get so eventually they well go up.
  13. I agree with sjp I think they moult now because spring and summer are for reproduction which has very high priority in biology.
  14. I use the drinker, it is very good, the hens love it I have the feeder, still I have to try it. I use treadle feeders at the moment and they are fine
  15. If I was you I will get rid of them "or Cull them" and get another breed. many breeds don't have big pecking problems some breeds are known to be mean. meanwhile you can put something for them to keep them busy and entertained.
  16. I have about 10 white stars and white leghorns I bought them because they don't like people. I don't want hens waiting for treats at the step when I open the door White leghorns don't wait for treats at the door. White leghorns are flighty so they fly to the kitchen window and start pecking at the glass to remind me of their treats they are not bullies and they lay very well
  17. Same happened to me Chickabee, I bought 5 hens and a rooster at 8 weeks of age, they are supposed to be white leghorns, two died. the three surviving hens lay cream colored eggs and most of the time at least one of them is broody, I think they could be Ixworth. Many people who sell hens are not very honest.
  18. She disappeared altogether I guess busy counting the new chicks
  19. Chickabee I think as we passed the longest day of the year the days are getting shorter and hens are laying less. I am getting 10 to 12 eggs from 16 laying hens. "I used to get more" at least one of them is moulting. My hens are 12 to 16 months old. common sense older hens are affected more.
  20. I have white stars they are great layers. for some reason they are the ones who follow me most in the garden for treats.
  21. Ok Redsunset. If you are hatching to sell then you are execused
  22. I couldn't see you in the total chicken counter thread Redsunset, am I missing your posts there or what

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