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  1. PS Chicken deficient ... sorry to hear about your dog. I hope all is well now, and that your face is recovered No wonder the bees are dying ! It's very worrying isn't it.
  2. Thanks Suebee and Chicken deficient for your replies .... (I've got a horrible picture of my garden littered with dead sparrows now ) Yeah I will check what brand it was a try and contact manufacturer. But I agree with you both and think its best to keep her off neighbours grass for at least a few weeks. I do have some netting I can put up although I'm not sure how long it will survive their golden retriever !!! Have tried it before when he was much younger but he just trod it down. Unfortunately the fence came down some years ago and due to the length of garden its been proving too costly to replace. Anyway on a different note (in case you thought I was odd only having one hen) ............ Elsie is a lone hen but she was one of four ex bats, and one by one they have gone to chicken heaven. Elsie has always been an independent girl, once escaping one evening and reappearing the next day in front garden seeming very unperturbed !! And when Doris (the last hen to pass away) died, I was very worried how Elsie would fare on her own but knew she would not be very welcoming to any newbies. Anyway she seems much more content on her own (very strange I know for a flock creature).
  3. Hi ... I've not visited the forum for some time but hope someone is able to help ??? My neighbour has treated his lawn with "weed and feed" on Sunday, but there is no fence between our gardens. So when I let my hen (Elsie) out - she visits their garden. He did tell me he was going to do this and I in my naivety thought it would be OK after 3 or 4 days, but now I'm thinking it wont be ?? Any help please ??? Thankyou
  4. My beautiful ex bat Val has been limping quite badly for 2 weeks now. I've taken her to the vets and been given Baytrill in case she has an infection in her joints as vet doesn't think it's Mareks. Val actually looks the picture of health although due to her decreased appetite she is getting thinner. I've been doing my own research and think she may have gout has anyone out there ever treated a chuck for gout ?? NB ... can I give her a small dose of aspirin ??
  5. Hi Gitwit ......... I've had a few of these in the last few months and they are strange things aren't they. When I've read up on "lash" I was led to believe that it marked the end of the hen in question's laying eggs - like a "henopause" !! This seemed to make sense as my 2 older ex-bat girls stopped laying about 6 months ago.
  6. Hi Cinnamon ... 1 of my girls (Doris) started pecking 2 of the others a few weeks ago now. It was awful - Elsie came off the worst with quite a nasty wound on her vent and Gert (who was a bit poorly with her moult) did try to fend her off. Anyway to cut a long story short and after trying separation in different ways, I had to resort to a bumper bit I felt (and still do feel) very cruel. but I couldn't let her carry on like that. It's all settled now but I'm leaving the bumper bit on Doris until Elsie has got some more protective feathers around her vent (Gert now seems to be getting over her moult). Doris does seem to have got used to the bit very quickly although I do have to give her her sunflower seeds out of a cup rather than off the ground
  7. So glad you posted the update, especially the photos She looks like she's coming on a treat .. what a character. I don't know who's the luckiest to have found whom PS .. My 2 new ex-bats are also called Doris and Elsie (after 2 late Aunts !!)
  8. Thanks very much for that ... After reading about "lash" and seeing the photos I think you are right. The one I found did look very egg like but the descriptions of some others sound exactly the same. It must have taken some time to form from the look of it though. Anyway the main thing is that all my girls are fine Once again thanks for putting my mind at rest
  9. I don't know if anyone can help me out with this one ... but here goes .... I was just cleaning the nest area of the eglu when I noticed a strange object. It is like a small oblong egg but a yellowy colour, it feels rubbery. When I've cut it open it is solid with layers inside. I cant post the photos I took as I dont seem to have the capability. My 2 new ex-bats lay every day so I dont think its from either of them. But my 2 old girls have not laid for about 5 months. Do you think that it could be an egg that has been stuck for a while ? Gert has not been herself for a while but has perked up in recent days. Any ideas anyone please ???
  10. I give my girls corn and they enjoy it but usually leave some on the grass (the wild birds must eat it up 'cos its not there the next day !). Just recently I thought I would try sunflower hearts (seeds without the husks) because I wasn't sure if they could have them whole, and they go bananas for them and don't leave any for their wild friends
  11. Just wanted to say .. its lovely to see your new girls. Its great that some more ex-bats have got their freedom Doris and Rosa remind me of my 2 new ex-bats ( they've been with me since July). It took about 4 weeks to integrate them fully with my original 2 girls, but now they all get on well. They are so funny, and their new found freedom gives them an excitableness that makes my 2 originals seem very laid back You may find that they do not get all of their feathers back, but on the other hand they might end up looking like show birds. I say this because out of my original 2 ( I did start off with 3 but sadly Edna passed away in June) Valerie looks like she has never seen a battery cage in her life, her feathers grew back beautifully, but Gertrude has never grown new feathers on her face or tail or bottom !!! But I love them all the more for their quirkiness and brilliant personalities. You will have so much fun watching them discover the joys of freedom
  12. Lovely to hear Xena's update ... I've been checking in checking in regularly cant wait for more pics
  13. Yay ... another chicken of fate ... I love it So glad you adopted her or should I say she adopted you !!
  14. I'm loving your story of Xena. I've never checked up on forum threads so much I just keep thinking how lucky she was to turn up on your doorstep. I've even been relaying her tale to my workmates and anyone else who will listen !!! She must definitely the most famous hen out there.I look forward to more updates
  15. Hi ... Dont often post but was checking updates on "chicken of fate" !!! I'm hooked. Saw your thread and had to let you know how chuffed I am that some more ex-bats are going to have a lovely life with you I dipped my toe into the wacky world of chickens May 2007 and my life has never been the same .. in a good way I started with 3 ex-bats but sadly Edna passed away in June. Then I got 2 more in July, the intros were a bit hairy a times but now they are one happy little flock. I would love more but only have an with extended run. I'm hoping to get next year if funds allow so I can have more. Ex-bats are just the best, its so great to see them re-feather and become stronger cheeky chooks. Good luck ... you wont regret it. Mine make me smile every day
  16. Thanks ..think I'm just worrying unnecessarily I'm going to e.mail Allen & Page just to be on the safe side. Tried to ring them today but they're only there Mon - Fri. Cheers
  17. I've been feeding my 3 ex-bat girlies on Allen & Paige Smallholder ex-bat pellets (they adopted me in May !). Valerie has had a few problems with difficult eggs and then Edna on one occasion. So I thought I might try to introduce layers pellets - thinking it may be more suitable to their needs. I've been mixing the 2 types of feed with no problems for about 3 weeks but have only just noticed in small print (on removable label) "This product contains unmolassed sugarbeet and must be soaked and fed as per feed guidelines". I have just been mixing it in with their usual pellets dry. By the way they are all fit and healthy but I was worried that I may be doing them some harm Help anyone ??
  18. I have an Eglu classic and my 3 girls all try and fit on the nest. When they've gone in for the night I find them - one on top of the other But they seem happy enough and still manage to lay their eggs
  19. I've had my 3 ex-bat girls 3 weeks now, and since they've discovered the joys of free ranging and treats they are insatiable !! I thought the same "do they need worming" but think they are just hungry horaces. Edna is the worst - she has a special technique to stop Valerie and Gertrude from getting their fair share. She stands on the treat tray then does a swift move so she pushes them out of the way with her bottom ! She is the greediest and can now run the fastest when I appear from the kitchen (whether I have food or not) AND YES they peck me too just to see if I'm edible
  20. I let my 3 ex-bat girls free range after 3 days ... I was impatient (especially as Edna was desperate for freedom). They were fine and have settled in very well.
  21. I know this is prob not a helpful reply but .... once your girls are safely in the run why don't you just wait till they take themselves to bed then go back out and lock the eglu door ? I don't worry about the time, I'm sure it will vary with the seasons, its still light at 21:30. I'm new to being a mum to chickens, but was adopted by 3 lovely ex-bat girlies on 22nd May. I have an eglu classic and, after previously reading about bed times, did wonder how I would get them into the eglu as I would not fit in the run !! Anyway, when I brought them home and put them in the run they settled in nicely, eating, drinking and pecking about. It got dusky and I started to worry. One would go in the eglu, and another, then just as I thought they were all in for the night - one would come out before I could close the door - and so it went on. Anyway by the time it was getting dark, I went outside quietly as I could, stayed at the back of the eglu and before they could do the "one in one out" trick I closed the door. The next night I just had to verbally coax Edna into the eglu. I didn't let them out of the run for 3 days, I know I should have probably waited longer but couldn't wait ! First time out of the run was another worry - would they find their way back in ? They did need a bit of guidance, and it was funny to watch their confusion as to why they could see each other through the run meshing but not get to each other But they soon got the hang of it. Anyway, after they had free ranged for a few hours (and they did keep popping back into the run periodically) I just closed the run door once they were all in for a feed, then followed usual bed time procedure. Now as it gets dusky they wander back into the run one by one, Valerie is usally first as she likes to get on the nest before the others arrive, Gertrude is next in then Edna is usually last (she is adventurous and appreciates every last moment of freedom !"). Once its almost dark they're all in bed and I can close the door and know they are safe for the night. Sorry for the long post - but its the first time I've got to talk about my girls

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