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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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!
  5. 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!)
  6. 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!
  7. 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?
  8. Mine just got scared when it moved and never went near it again 😂
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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...
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. 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!
  18. Does anyone know about the edible glue?
  19. 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
  20. 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?
  21. I've got a rat issue too- spotted dashing to the base of the bird feeders and back into the wood pile this morning. I've discovered a tunnel into the compost bin and the damn thing has chewed through my omlet netting which is annoying (obviously wasn't expecting it to stop the things but im sure they could've got through the holes in the net without destroying it!!). worried as the compost bin is behind the chook run and last week I found a tunnel into the run (its on bricks in the middle and slabs around the edge but I think the slabs had sunk a little so the run edge had a gap which it took advantage of). was hoping that it was a mouse rather than rat but now I'm horrified that a rat had been in the run with my little girls! blocked the tunnel and it doesn't appear to have been back in the run. I have a few Qs and was sure someone on here would know the answers: 1) can I feed the birds in the garden in any way still and not get rats? or have I just got to give up on the lovely robins, wrens and blue tits? 2) if I only put chicken poop etc in the compost bin and stop putting food waste in it, will the rat give up or should I just get rid of the compost bin altogether? was thinking of putting weldmesh under the bin. 3) is there a type of poison that I can kill the rats with but not then go on to poison anything that eats the rat?? thanks for any help!
  22. i think from my limited knowledge that chickens dont like to be solitary, and need to be part of a 'pack' although some people on here have successfully kept single chooks. she sounds like she is lonely if she wont come out of the run, if I were you I would rehome her or get another chook or two to keep her company. If you go to have a look at some chickens you can see how they behave with other chickens. i guess it is luck of the draw whether you get some with a nicer temperament though. out favourite dotte died only 7 months after arriving with us, and I seriously considered giving up and rehoming the other two as the top chook timed the death of our favourite with becoming extremely broody which was hard to know how to deal with when new to chooks! i'm glad to have persisted though. not sure that has helped at all!
  23. ooh great news thanks for checking that out Cat Tails!! i will be putting one on my xmas list if not sneakily buying one for myself before!!
  24. oo good idea, do let us know if they come back to you with a uk supplier! definitely recommend it to omlet (you might get in the newsletter if u send the pic of your girls investigating it!)

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