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  1. I'd opt for some Omlet netting to contain them within your shrub beds and off the lawn. It's green and amazingly is barely noticeable once it is up so it won't spoil the look of your garden or stop the children watching the hens. Our chooks strain their necks through the holes to try and bite bits of grass so we have a neatly trimmed border as well! We've keep our netting up permanently so the (2) girls can rummage around outside their WIR when free-ranging but it can of course be easily (well, quite easily) moved as and when you need to. Before they were contained in the borders (at the point when we were thinking of moving and needed to get the lawn back to looking half-decent) we always poo picked at the end of each day using an old spatula to 'ping the poo' into the flower beds. Got it down to an Olympic standard and it was very satisfying to see the lumps of poo fly through the air! This doesn't work for the 'curry' poos of course, which are gross. There's no way you can let your little ones safely play on the grass if they're sharing it with chooks but don't get rid of them (the chooks, that is) or you'll miss all the joys that come from keeping hens and your children will miss them too.
  2. I don't know the breed technicalities but we started off our chicken-keeping with a Miss Pepperpot and a Gingernut Ranger from Omlet. Pepper laid the biggest eggs we've had from six different chickens now and she was a beautiful looking chook, with iridescent plumage - although she wasn't very bright! I'd definitely recommend the Omlet birds.
  3. we've got a 2m x 2m x 2m Omlet WIR and bought a 2m x 6m Tarpaflex which covers the top and both sides perfectly and is held down with bungees. They do various permutations of sizes in their clear tarpaulins so you just need ot work out which will fit - probably going for 2m x what ever is the next longest measurement you have.
  4. Keeping chooks is certainly not a cheap hobby or even a cheap way of getting eggs! Don't ever try and work out the 'cost per egg' is - we did this once and it worked out to be £s, not pence, by the time you add up all the equipment, food, medications and treats!!
  5. Lifting the whole top off the Classic is really no big deal and that then makes it very easy to wipe out the nest box. We just pull out the tray and wash that off and also the roosting bars and then it is only minutes to reassemble everything once dried off.
  6. we had a similar ankle-breaking scenario and solved it by laying a mini path made from interlocking plastic (green, but you can also get brown) square grid-tiles. You can find them on Amazon and sometimes see them advertised in the papers. Ity stops them digging and doesn't look TOO bad!
  7. we use a very large 6m x 2m clear tarpaulin that goes completely over our (Omlet) WIR's roof and down two sides (+ another square one that covers the back). A good tip is to use tent pegs in the eyelets they have around the edges to pull the bottom edge out at the bottom - a bit like a tent, with guy ropes if you can work out what I mean? That way the rain just runs down the sides and off the bottom well away from the actual sides of the WIR and so the ground around the WIR is a bit covered as well. In the winter and/or when heavy rain is forecast we keep the sides down but in the summer/warm spells we just roll the sides up and use bungees to keep them up so that air can circulate freely. We find tarpaulins give a lot of flexibility.
  8. We've paid £28, which included cremation.
  9. For removing poo from the lawn we just go round each night with a large (ex-kitchen) spatula and do neat flicks to pitch the poo onto the flower beds! Got the technique down to quite an Olympic art now - and it's very satisfying to do too!
  10. I am full of admiration for your calmness in dealing with all this in your first few days of chicken keeping! It was really bad luck to have the red mite infestation as the great thing about the Eglu is it should be less vulnerable than a wooden coop. I too learnt all my chicken know-how through regularly reading all the posts on this forum thread plus those in the 'clinic' and 'eggs' sections so I was well prepared for all sorts of potential worries! I'm sure your daughter (if not the cat) will love keeping chickens as they have such distinct personalities and quickly 'train' their human owners to provide them with all sorts of treats and benefits! Don't every try and calculate the 'price per egg' of the ones you'll soon start to get as it is terrifyingly high!
  11. Hi, it's always horrible watching one be hurt by another! Others will be able to give you some more advice but just wanted to let you know someone was reading your post! Letting them free-range with plenty of 'escape' space is a good idea and hopefully they WILL settle down in time. Within the run having multiple feeding stations does help as does having something like a log for one to get up a bit higher on can help. We have just 2 chooks and one is a bit of a bully still, even after a year together, when it comes to who gets to the 'treat' or tea bowl but mostly they get along. Good luck and I am sure you'll pick up loads of tips grom reading all the forums on here.
  12. Looks lovely - and agree about time suggested by Omlet for assembly as a joke! You may want to think about covering it for the winter. We found the ones from Tarpaflex that others on the Forum also use were great and much better than the ones Omlet sell. the 2m wide clear tarpaulins are what you want and if you get the 6m length it fits perfectly across the top and down both sides with no gaps like Omlet's. You can roll up the sides and hold them up/down with bungess. Enjoy being able to stand up inside your WIR!
  13. Rats are horrid and it is impossible not to feel a mixture of guilt (must be down to our chooks) and shame (neighbours will think we're dirty/hens unclean etc) but they are inescapable pretty much and around everywhere - it's just that you are more likely to see them near hens, compost heaps etc. People used to feel the same on discovering their child had nits until it became so common that 'even' nice children got them,. And I loved it when I read that Prince William had nits too when he was at prep school. so, don't panic but do all the things people will advise on here like taking in food, blocking up holes, using bait and traps etc and it is possible to stop seeing them (even if in reality they'll not be too far away still!)
  14. we have ours with a fence on one side and yes the 'end' gate pole can be tied to something - we have ours abutting to the side of the OMLET WIR's door (just held more firmly in place with a plant tie but you could do the same to a fence, eg just put the end pole up tight to the fence. It is brilliant stuff - very discreet as you don't notice it in place when viewed even quite close up so not an eyesore. It stays relatively taut if you use plenty of the uprights. Not too tricky to assemble though best done with two people. We got the longest length but don't use it all, just leaving the unused length rolled up around a spare upright. The chooks very occasionally have escaped underneath the bit that forms the 'gate' if we're not careful to make sure it doesn't ride up the pole!
  15. We have a Mark 1 Omlet WIR 2m x 2m. I don't think you could have door and Eglu on same side looking at ours. We originally had an Eglu with a 2m run attached to the WIR on the opposite side and now, in a different location, have the Eglu directly attaching to the WIR on same back side. You can hang the door to open either to left or to right but I think that's about it. You could always check with Omlet Shop staff. I can vouch for fact that the WIR is lovely - very inconspicuous in its green mesh and lovely to be able to walk inside to be with the chooks or for cleaning. And it can be relocated easily if you move house, as we did.
  16. How sad - but you gave her the best end to her life that you could and I am sure in her chicken-way she appreciated it and it sounds as though her passing was quick and painless. lots of hugs to you xxxc
  17. Have you got an Eglu? We found a tunnel coming up right under ours once - where the slightly raised bit is at the front.
  18. We have paid around £28 in the past, including disposal by cremation afterwards. We were happy with that and the way the vet treated both us and our girls each time.
  19. What a gloriously colourful photo! Thank you for posting it. They all look lovely and your 'old ladies' are clearly still thriving (- as is your grass!)
  20. Does your heart good to know some people can be so generous and the Eglu has clearly gone to a good home. Enjoy!!
  21. Not sure of an alternative but we moved our Grub up to sit quite high on the side of the WIR so they can't so easily dig their beaks in and toss it around. But we've had some chooks who have been worse than others so it can depend on the individual girlie! We do bring the Grub in at night to help avoid rat issues.
  22. I agree. We've had four PTS over a number of years - all peritonitis - and one who seemed to be going the same way but then just went to sleep in a sunny spot in the garden one day last summer and never woke up. My OH found her just keeled over as if she was sunbathing on the day we'd decided it was time to think about the vet trip again. I'm sure you'd have got more hugs and messages if this post was on the main 'chicken' section but just wanted you not to feel alone!
  23. Poor you but perhaps a relief for your chook. Although she was showing a fighting spirit she may still have been feeling very poorly inside - you just can't tell with chooks. But you gave her love and the best care you could so no need for any regrets, just remember her with affection. XX
  24. Your girls are looking lovely - but how come your bark chippings are still not spread all across your path and grass????

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