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  1. Omlet Eglu chicken Coop - Spare Roosting Bars, Drinker, Rablu Converter (no Run). Comes with spare set of roosting bars (helpful for when cleaning out as have a dry set to go straight in). Also included Grub feeder and Glug drinker with stand. Originally a Rablu so comes with the base and hay feeder for that conversion. The Rablu base is pink to match the outer, the Eglu converter poop tray and grub/glug are purple (pink wasn’t being produced any more when I bought the converter). Please note that As this started life as a rabbit house there are some nibbles/chewing mark areas from the rabbits. I’ve used it with the chicken converter base for 9 years with no issues from the nibbles (cosmetic only) but see pics for detail. It’s a bit faded on the outer too, and the locking bar is a little rusty but still fully functional and lots of life left in it! £80 collect from near Holmes Chapel (just off J18 M6)
  2. i've tried again to join the Facebook Omlet Community page (after trying 3 months ago) and my request is still pending- are the admins on here too? just wondering why it's still pending after so long!
  3. thanks Beantree- i did read somewhere that putting a bike inner tube around the rails might make them easier to grip but i think still the foot would be in the wrong shape... did you just buy lengths of wood from a DIY shop or buy a pre-made perch? i do have a useful husband who could be roped into a bit of DIY if need be
  4. Hi all, i've not posted for a while and have been looking into perches recently as i'm a bit concerned that my plastic shower rails in the run might not be suitable for the girls as they are very rounded and probably a bit slippy for the feet. i've read lots of articles about having a flatter (but rounded edges) surface to a perch rather than fully circular. and these girls are smaller than my original girls who were Wyandotte bantams so not sure the set up is quite right...can anyone advise what they use as perches and does it really matter about the surface shape that much? Also, how high off the ground is best as the poles are currently level with the table that has the Eglu on it but i'm a bit worried it might be too much of a drop to the floor for their feet and dont want to risk bumblefoot (particularly for the silkie who as much as she thinks she can flap her wings, she cant!). i'll post a pic in the replies from my phone to show how my set up is currently. thankyou!!
  5. thanks Cat tails, i think so too- at least she had a lovely last day in the garden helping me gardening and pottering about with the other two until she felt unwell. she had quite a lot of fun in a short lifetime so that's comforting i think.
  6. sadly she had to be put to sleep they couldn't get the egg to come out as her oviduct appeared to have twisted, so would have needed surgery, lots of recovery and then the implant which isn't always fully effective so could have caused her to lay again (and have another egg stuck again) in the future. so we had to let her go. I miss her already and she wasn't even here very long but such a lovely little chook.
  7. Firstly- we are going to the vet at lunchtime anyway (and did the last time this happened) so i'm sure they will sort her out, but since i got her, she has gone into this cycle twice. both times she has been broody, so of course stopped laying- i've then broken the broodiness by shutting them out of the nestbox and encouraging her to wander around with the others and she snaps out of it pretty quickly (both times 3 days). then, she has gone a couple of days without laying and suddenly gone all floppy/eyes shut etc etc with full crop. i expect this time is the same, as last time she then popped out a VERY round egg which was obviously the issue. my question really is- has anyone else had a similar issue with a chook? i'm not sure how the cycle gets stopped unless the vet decides they can give her that thing to stop her laying (is it an implant? not sure but i've heard about it).
  8. A couple of climbing roses and a clematis- I wanted to put them on there to help keep out excess rain and wind. It does need trimming back though and at the front I might need to move that one as they like to look out of the front and there’s minimal places to look out when it’s in full leaf and flower!
  9. Wow some great set ups there! Mine is small but I do have the eglu inside on a table (currently rethinking this as I now have small bantams who are struggling a bit with the angle of the ramp). I’ll put some more pics when I do the changes inside. Just bought a plastic sandpit thing for them to have as a dust bath instead of the current wooden section inside too (they’re so spoilt!)
  10. Oh yes that’s a good idea! Definitely I think it needs to be shallower for them. I considered taking the table away and putting a smaller one in, then looked out yesterday and they were all snuggled up on the table having a snooze! And there was me thinking they didn’t use it much!
  11. I came along today specifically to try and find the pics of the WIR setups as I’m thinking of changing mine around a bit. I’ve requested to join the Facebook page but not been accepted yet which is a shame. Maybe we could start the thread again?
  12. Mine just got scared when it moved and never went near it again 😂
  13. I have an omlet swing which has not been used by the chooks and has only been hung in the run a couple of times- it is nice and clean and as new. Happy to post it out £15 including second class uk post.
  14. Actually I was thinking of moving the table along a bit and giving them a wider and shallower ramp against the side of the run, so that’s probably a good point!
  15. I have a silkie and a booted too and the silkie can’t fly so would get stuck without something there! I agree the serama definitely doesn’t struggle (except for being so keen to fly she flies into things all the time!) Thankyou, the silkie definitely is the one I’m most concerned about but also I think maybe the angle is too sharp- they do seem to fall/slide/flap in different combinations on the way down!
  16. Hi all, been a while since i last posted here, i've got 3 new bantams and i'm worried that my setup might be too high for them. i have my eglu on a table, and a home-made ladder which is a closed back plank of wood with lengths of stick/dowel type stuff for grips. when they come down the ladder they seem to gain quite a pace and i think it might be either too high, or i need a better ladder. can anyone with serama/silkie/booted size bantams give me any advice? do i need to completely change my layout and perhaps lose the table? i have a perch that comes out from the table height which they like to roost on but i'm worried they might fall off and hurt themselves with that much of a drop (there is woodchip on the floor of the WIR). thankyou!
  17. My eglu is fully inside the run on a table top, so I have to get in the run to clean it out and its only 2m square so a bit tricky...OH says je would just risk it still and let them out but I don't want them to catch anything from the friendly sparrows! Oh well. Fun for me on Saturday morning then!
  18. Bit worried about this as I'm due to clean them out at the weekend and that involves having to let them out of the run so I can dismantle the eglu etc. Ive only got two chooks so run is too small to do all this inside without squishing them (they are nosey). Suppose it would be ok for about an hour since the wild birds will keep away whilst im out there...
  19. Hi, not sure if they will belong to anyone here but worth checking: Drove down the A500 from Nantwich and on the roundabout for the M6 there were 3 hens and 1 cock, lovely looking bantams (think he was Dutch(?!) gold/red with long tail feathers) one pale girl, one dark with a bit of a hairdo going on. They strayed very close to the road so I went round the roundabout and stopped on the verge thinking I might have to catch them. They were quite skittish tho and when I got out the car they headed back up the embankment towards the hedge around the services. No idea where they may have come from but hope they don't end up squashed, beautiful little flock!
  20. thanks i think youre right. they do get corn as a treat anyway, but i like to give them something to peck at to prevent boredom. i'll just buy one of the usual peck blocks instead to be safe
  21. Hi all, i've bought some of these as they are only £1 each and was thinking of giving them to the chooks. when i looked at the ingredients it said they are stuck together with 'edible glue', and i'm not sure whether thats safe for chooks? presuming that if they are ok for little blue tits then they are probably ok for chooks but would appreciate knowing if anyone else has any knowledge/experience of these? thanks!
  22. Does anyone know about the edible glue?
  23. my snugglesafe and my drink heater plate are the best things i've bought in terms of dealing with cold winter weather whilst having a full time job and not being able to monitor the drinker during the day to refresh with water when it ices over! if you buy 1 thing i would go for the heater plate for your drinker. that got me through the first winter with the girls where we had a couple of bouts of snow (early 2013) and temps that were low enough for the drinker to have frozen in the day so depriving my girls of a drink without the heater plate. for electricity to power it i'm fairly lucky in that we have an outdoor plug, which OH has ran a long extension cord from (an outdoor specific one) and I have then put the extenstion end in an old icecream tub with a bit cut from the side for the cable to go through. this is fixed to the outside of the WIR and the cable for the heater plate (and my chickencam!) go through the wire of the WIR. the girls arent remotely interested in the wires (but i keep them short to be safe). the snugglesafe I poke in under the Eglu bars from the front of the eglu (wrapped in a plastic bag) if the night is particularly cold but only if the temps are far under zero. otherwise I just close the eglu and give them some porridge in the morning (made with hot water not milk). i heard it was going to be a mild winter though? i expect no one really knows
  24. Hi all, I was in my local Wilkos last week and they had a huge bag for £10, i think it might have been 5kg or bigger, seemed to be a special deal as it was displayed on a table near the door and not in the birdfood section. on a separate note, Wilkos sells compressed seed blocks which look very similar to the more expensive chicken treat peck blocks you can buy. they are £1 each, I havent given them to the chooks yet as they are stuck together with 'edible glue', does anyone know if that is ok for chooks? presumably thats what the chicken specific ones are stuck together with anyway? also am just thinking that if i can give them to little robins then surely they arent going to do anything bad to the chooks anyway?

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