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  1. We successfully introduced two new hybrids to our sole hen a few months back after her companion was PTS. We deliberately choose two of the same colour as the deceased chook in the hope she might accept them more easily. We took it easily by partitioning the WIR for a few days and then doing supervised free-ranging and provided multiple feeding stations etc and it all went remarkably well - so good luck!
  2. We buy packets of the cheapest supermarket sweet corn for the girls and the better stuff for ourselves. This makes it easy to just thaw a handful in some hot water to give with/as their supper (or frozen in very hot weather) and is less hassle and expense than fresh cobs or tinned. some of ours have got the hang of eating dangling cobs but others seem them as scary aliens to be avoided at all costs!
  3. I was going to reply but reading the two replies you've already had I can't add anything as their advice is exactly what I'd be saying too! It is horrible watching the squabbling but giving thee lots of space so they can keep out of each other's ways and making sure there's a range of food and water stations really does help. good luck!
  4. sounds like slow and steady is working so I'd not push the pace for now. The brick idea was a good tip - that's what's so great about this forum isn't it? Other people come up with such reassurance and simple ideas to sort almost every problem! Hope it continues to go well and I don't think anyone is bored yet with your updates!
  5. Glad all's well that ends well. One of ours spent quite a few days sitting on the nest pretending she was going to lay before she finally popped out her first (torpedo shaped) egg. We then had several of those weird shaped ones before suddenly they were all regular egg-shaped - whereas her sister chook's eggs were perfect and laid fuss-free straight from the start.
  6. I'd say concrete will be fine but you will certainly need a deep retaining border around the edges to contain the wood chip or whatever you put down for them to scratch in and spray around. I like the idea someone posted about recently some time ago of filling some shallow trays with rolls of turf cut up to fit and then rotating these so the chooks can have something green to nibble/scratch at until they've destroyed it (as they would your lawn!) and then putting in a fresh tray to start on again. That might make it nicer for them. Our 3 girls are on bare earth when in their WIR (but free-range most of the day) and they dig for England (well, actually heading more for Australia I think!)
  7. we did exactly the same as Jenthelibrarian above in terms of how we introduced 2 newbies to one and it also went very smoothly. multiple food and water stations and gradual introductions seem to work best I feel.
  8. What a week you've had! you and your wife seem to have done well telling your little boy and it is a valuable life experience for him to learn about death and that sometimes 's..t' happens' like that. And he's very generous to offer to share 'his' chicken with you!
  9. Glad she's got a bit bolder. The Miss Pepper Pots we've had have always laid the BIGGEST eggs of all our girls but we have found that basic 'ginger' chooks seem to be generally a bit brighter and higher in the pecking order.
  10. Didn't want to leave you in limbo although I can't offer any advice bar the fact she may just be a bit more nervous and need to settle in before venturing from what she perceives as safety. I guess it wouldn't hurt to put a dish of water near the door or even inside in this hot weather as water is more important than food for now. Perhaps if it cools down she'll come out later in the day.
  11. ....... or maybe you can just be 'the handler' and she need not touch/hold them at all. We've had different combinations of 3 chooks for around five years now and I confess I have only got as far as stroking them if they obligingly crouch for me - my husband does all the picking up and checking of them or capturing them for vet trips etc. But I do all the other things like give treats, clean the Eglu out, put their grub/glug in and out and spend hours just watching them so she need not be excluded. As long as one of you is confident in handling them then if she becomes so too that's a bonus.
  12. As others have said, a lovely post to read! And you were lucky it was only the one who was reluctant to go in on the first night - usually they all need a bit of encouragement (shining torch, pushing etc). Someone told me that the 'top chook' always goes in last and others have said they go in first - so not sure of significance of the order. We found with ours that the one we originally thought would be lowest in the pecking order in the end turned out to be the brightest cookie and top chook.
  13. Hi, we have one of the original 2m x 2m WIRs and love it! We have attached it to a Classic run and currently direct to the Omlet Classic - you do need to make sure you order the correct connection if your Eglu is going to be outside the WIR. The WIR is actually very sturdy and ours never moves in wind or anything. It is also quite forgiving with uneven surfaces or slight slopes, unlike a wooden one, and so can be sited wherever you want. It is (fairly!) easy to erect and take apart - we moved house last year and had ours back up within a day so our chooks weren't put out at all - impossible if we'd had a built-in wooden run. In terms of covering it I fully agree the Omlet covers are useless in sizing! We bought transparent tarpaulins from Tarpaflex - a 6m x 2m one fits perfectly across the roof and down both sides - just held in place with bungees and cable clips. It is also easy to then roll the two sides up/down according to whether you want to keep rain out or let air in. We also have, in the winter, 2m x 2m ones that we attach across the back and front (attached to the door so it folds back when you open that). You can still see the girls inside, which is nice bonus. As for flooring, ours is on bare earth. It used to have wood chip inside but the girls soon dispersed it and to be honest they just love scratching the earth up and making dust baths. Because the WIR is covered so effectively there is no wet getting in and it is always dry inside. The fox-proof edges also help to keep it stable and over time get covered in earth (thrown out by the girls) so there are no gaps underneath. The WIR is green and from a distance relatively u"Ooops, word censored!"trusive and just generally looks very neat. I'd highly recommend one and consider it very good value for money - and of course no problem with infestations!
  14. You must have been an eggcellent chicken mum to have her live to such a ripe old age - but you did the right thing in having her PTS as it sounds as if the time was right for her to go. I'd get another two now, as in a similar position we found it relatively easy to introduce to new ones to our lone surviving chook. We divided up the WIR and let Daisy free-range whilst the others were kept inside in her sight for a couple of days (popping Daisy in the Eglu after the newbies had gone to sleep). Then we let them all free-range (supervised) together so that after about 4 days we could leave them all together with only very minor pecks from Daisy. The two newbies quickly learnt to duck round her when necessary. Oh and multiple feeding and water options so no-one could guard everything at once!
  15. The Omlet shop sells those EggSkelters and some in another style too. Practical as well as attractive - I had mine as a Mother's Day prezzie but you could drop hints for birthday or Christmas too!
  16. ...... and you need to treat yourself to an Eggskelter so you'll know the order in which eggs have been laid so you can use them up accordingly - and it looks fab to show off your eggs too (although that HUGE one might not fit, you lucky thing!
  17. That certainly looks like a determined incursion!
  18. We had same experience and Daisy was dropped when my OH raced out and scared the fox off. She just shook her feathers and trundled back inside the WIR. We did bring her inside though for a few hours of quiet but put her back with her two sisters for the night. She suffered no ill effects at all which seemed like a miracle but I know some folk have found that they can suffer bruised necks and go a bit floppy so you will need to keep an eye on her. Fingers crossed she's a lucky girl though!
  19. We've had one for over two years now and highly recommend it. We have even moved house with it - an added bonus that you couldn't do nearly so easily and quickly with a wooden/purpose built WIR. In both gardens it has looked very discreet and not unsightly as the green blends in somehow, as does the Omlet netting which we use to create an outside free-range- area. It was (relatively!) straightforward to construct (and partly dis-assemble for the house move) and it is great to be able to get inside with the (3) girls for socialising and cleaning. We just bought a 6m x 2m transparent tarpaulin from Tarpaflex that perfectly fits the WIR's dimensions to cover the roof and down both sides for keeping rain out. This is held in place with bungees and cable clips and looks very smart as well as allowing us to still see the girls inside. We use more bungees to allow us to just roll either of the two the sides up/down according to the weather to keep out rain/let in fresh air. We also have 2m x 2m tarpaulins which we put up to cover the front and back in the winter (attaching to the door so it just folds back when that opens). These are much cheaper than the Omlet shop covers which are 1m square and so you get gaps and are much more expensive! We have a bare earth, with a bit of wood chip, as our flooring and we never have any problems with it being wet or horrible inside. In our last garden we did put wooden planks around the bottom edge to stop them kicking stuff out though.
  20. I don't have a Cube, only an Eglu Classic, but if I did have one your idea is one I'd certainly copy if I had same problem - a brilliant, simple idea!
  21. sounds like a lot of ego massaging will be required to tell him what a lovely job he's made of it etc - maybe post a picture on here of the WIR when it's finished as evidence of how proud of him you are - but a small price to pay for the 'essential' roofing!
  22. the turf in a tray rotation idea is brilliant. We've given ours the odd turf or two in the past but then of course it just gets eaten and disappears but taking it out to let it re-grow makes it a real cost effective treat!
  23. For sure you will need to cover the roof either with Perspex or with transparent tarpaulins as a wet run ruins EVERYTHING and will have you in despair very rapidly, whereas having it all dry inside makes keeping the mess and smell down to a minimum easy-peasy.
  24. WOW! My husband happened to be in the room when I clicked on the link to play your video and he was stood transfixed as it started to play. The quality of the finishing of the wood and the way the wire is fixed is superb - what a lot of skill and care he put into every element. the 'old guy in the garage' did very well! It looks fantastic and I hope you, your hubby and your girls all enjoy their lovely home. Thanks for sharing .....

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