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  1. Plastic is sooo easy to clean! Eglu Classics look cool too. Whatever you decide to buy you will be hooked in no time at all. The larger hybrids and pure breeds will be just as cute as the pekins once you get to know their fluffy little personalities and you will think your poached eggs are the tastiest in the world. Just take a long hard look at your garden - are you prepared to let them have access to all of it? My little monkeys got out yesterday because the wind dislodged the gate pin. They helped themselves to the newly planted chard, beetroot and watercress . Plants in pots always seem to attract them as well. Although they are good scarifiers, they can get a bit carried away when they find a "spot of great interest"...... And they will choose their own dustbathing spot. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your new girls.
  2. Mine are getting a slice if cabbage in a hanging feeder each day as they are not getting on grass at the moment. They make happy noises about that. In the afternoon they get a handful of mixed corn in their football which they love playing with. The sunflower seeds live in my pocket as a reward for obedience. Otherwise it's layers pellets. If we have porridge for breakfast they get the s"Ooops, word censored!"ings mixed with a little Bokashi.
  3. Just read this after OH rang to say he'd heard it on the news! It means the greenhouse for my 3. At least they can dig and bathe in the border soil. I think I'll combine incarceration with an early worming week as they'd be on restricted roaming anyway. As I'll be retiring at Christmas I'll have time to think about wild bird-proofing the outdoor run as the blighters are robbing me blind. I don't use my treadle feeder as it makes more mess attracting rodents than the grub I can take in at night. Chores chores ....
  4. Reggie pts today. Brave little girl survived the initial trauma, put on weight and was so healthy she started to form eggs. Unfortunately, her insides did not heal in a way that would let an egg out. She was muched loved for the short period of time we knew her. RIP
  5. Well, we are over a week on and Madam is still with us. She is much stronger and eating well, putting on weight and acting normally. That's the good news, however she is still accumulating secretions around her derierre that do not look good. No right activity either - a good thing, I think. My problem is, will she ever be safe?
  6. Agree it's 50:50 chance I think. She seems to be straining to poo and this makes her rear pop out. If she were eating more she'd have more poo to push against instead of the rabbit droppings she's making. If you are passing Flecknoe I would welcome a second opinion. Thanks Dogmother, I have PM you.
  7. Thanks for that,Dogmother, it's been pretty intense this week taking her into work and keeping her going. And I worry she is straining and still pushing part of her bum out.
  8. Thank you for prompt responses. She has been preening this evening after her wash and blow dry. Fiesty madam even jumped up onto the kitchen table. Am devising plans for segregated living arrangements in WIR. Will buy discordant tomorrow
  9. A newbie, Reggie, had a prolapse on Sunday and had it pecked by her so called friends. I followed advice I found here and stuffed her bits back inside with a bit of heamorrhoid cream and isolated her. To my surprise she made it through the night and next day until I could get her to the vet for antibiotics. At first I had to force her even drink but she was well enough today for me to tackle the problem of very dirty knickers! The greasy cream and accumulated poo was really hard to get off her feathers and she still has a crust of it on the skin of her vent. I have left it for now as she had had enough but would welcome any suggestions as to how to get this off.
  10. Thanks all. Feel a bit more positive chilling in the garden on such a lovely day.
  11. They roost in Eglu, have a 20m2 run with compost heaps and get access to grass twice a day. The best layers pellets plus greens.
  12. Sterile peritonitis - again! Have I just been unlucky that all 3 - different hybrids - have died this way or am I doing something wrong?
  13. I followed someone on this forums advice and used cod liver oil to stick the Flubenvet to the pellets. I have since used it on pellets at moulting time and the girlies think this is super tasty.
  14. Agree you are going to need specific chicken watching kit! Especially old clothes at this time of year. I'm enjoying a last couple of minutes in my toasty nest before going to sit in the run. Integration of two cream Legbars going well but Ruby is being to little Fleur. I let the girls tell me their names - Cyd has a beard! Enjoy this weekend! I don't believe you'll stop at three if you have a cube - however small or trashed you garden.
  15. My understanding of sterile peritonitis is that an egg starts to form but it doesn't move the right way down the oviduct so instead of it getting a white and shell it lodges somewhere inside the bird. A lump of goo starts to build up. In Thelma' s case this impacted on her lungs and she went down hill very quickly. The vet could feel the mass but I wouldn't have known otherwise. In Lou's case she stopped laying last February and had been getting noticeably fat since May! Until about a month ago she was in fine fettle, moulting but really healthy in every other respect. Glad I didn't take her to the vet as he may have suggested putting her down months too early. Dying of "Ladies Problems" is the down side of the breeding for maximum productivity.
  16. Thank you both. In many ways it's been easier today because we've had the time to organize a friend who could dispatch her and dig her little grave. All of this would have been more stressful when we were back full time at work. I've also been able to spend time observing her in daylight so knew the time had come. In a way it is a relief as we knew she was on borrowed time. Sleep tight,gorgeous girl.
  17. Louise pts today. She'd stopped laying last February and started developing sterile peritonis. Whereas Thelma went down hill very quickly with this Louise has coped brilliantly until the last week. She must have had a good pound of goo inside her but she remained chirpy top chook until the end. RIP next to your sister. Cocktails on the lawn will not be the same without you, daddy's girl.
  18. Had to introduce Millie and Ruby to poor Louise when Thelma died last year. The two newbies never squabbled with one another. Lou was the one we felt most sorry for - she took one look at the new girls, shrieked and jumped at them before running behind my legs. She spent two hours up on the shed roof howling about the situation whilst the other two pottered around, settling in. They avoided Louise who would growl at them for about two weeks and the only thing I had to supervise was bed time, when she'd go in and turf them out. Separate drinkers and feeders are essential but other than that the sooner they get it all over with, the better.
  19. Glad to hear you still have the girls, Purplemaniacs. I remember you posting about the burglary and feeling sad that you might give them up. I miss chicken cuddles when I am away from home - even for a few days. Like Olly, I remember the Omlet man taking Thelma out of the box and giving her to me to hold whilst he erected the run. Not sure what I'd expected either, but it was love at first cuddle. I like to think the girls keep me sane although others call me a mad chicken-lady .........
  20. As with most things, it takes time. As the birds get tamer for you they will become easier to handle for the whole family. I urge you to give them treats as often as you can. They will be more cooperative if you let them come to you. I spend lots of time sitting on the step. It puts you on their level and they can learn to get up close to you and get used to brushing past you as they plunge their heads into the treat pot. In their greedy haste they will be on your lap before they know it. Your wife can also be close to them without having to handle them, just feeding them from the treat cup. Are they laying yet? If not, you will notice they are much less flighty once they do. Never bother chase a chicken- they jink and weave like a top class rugby player. Lure them with the treats (grape is the ultimate weapon in our house) and before you know it they are back in the run (Doh! We fell for it again!). Good luck, enjoy!
  21. You can cover their normal layers pellets with a smidge of oil (they love codliver oil and it good for them) so that they get "sticky". Then you sprinkle on the flubenvet powder and mix thoroughly. I weigh out all of the ingredients carefully and do it in my largest mixing bowl (only got the 3 girls so do 2Kg). The flubenvet needs to be on the pellets so that it is constantly in their guts for a whole week to kill the worms. A week without treats sound harsh but worth it, especially if you think that they come into contact with wild bird poo all the time.
  22. Cleanse and keep, just in case you catch Moorhens ..........
  23. Seeing your set up again reminds me that a summer holiday task is to put up the perch that was removed during run renovation earlier this year. OH and brother were brilliant at Easter, all the old rotting fence posts were replaced and the compost bins given new slats. I may add some logs having seen your piccies.

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