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  1. When I first told hubby I wanted to get chooks he said No Way! So I left it but then was incredibly lucky to get a cube on Freecycle! I brought it home and he wasn't best pleased but I wore him down over a week or so and he agreed to two chooks...we got six!


    So. Didn't expect a good response when I suggested a WIR in his beloved garden...but he thought it was a good idea! So I measured and planned and yesterday emailed my plan to Lewis at aviaries4you and am awaiting a quote!


    So excited although it won't be until late summer, but still...the ball is rolling - just hope the quote isn't tooooo hefty!

  2. All of mine have little rests in the cube throughout the day...they seem to have a routine...up and out as soon as they can, potter about a bit, then have a rest around 10am for an hour or so, then back out. Then they have another rest at around 3pm for another hour or so, then back out until bedtime. Hermione and Esme pop in to lay, but Ebony seems too scared to lay inside, she's laid one behind the wheel of the cube, and another right in the middle of the garden!

  3. Hi everyone, wonder if you can share your wisdom...


    I picked up my six girls on September 1st last year, and the breeder (Wylye Valley) said that they were between 12 - 14 weeks old. The buff orp started laying on boxing day, and both the barnevelder and wyandotte started laying a month later on 26th Jan. I'm just wondering when I might start seeing eggs from the two pekins and the araucana, as I thought they'd be hot on the heels of Esme, Ebony and Hermione.


    Any thoughts anyone?


    Thank you! :D

  4. Early this morning I found a hidden and slightly squashed egg in the nesting box which I think was laid by our Wyandotte, Hermione. As I was putting the egg port door back I noticed a dark brown egg behind the wheel of the cube which I had to crawl into the run to retrieve! I think our Barnevelder, Ebony, laid this...she's bottom of the pecking order so I'm guessing she wasn't allowed in the nest box :-(.



  5. All the others are definitely Esme; she hops into the nestbox, sits there for half an hour and then riddles off out leaving us her present! I have been so surprised, not a single soft shell, all uniform shape and size; 49-56g. Whoever laid the mystery egg, I'm getting a lot more than I expected...an egg a day regular as clockwork since boxing day, except new years eve. Maybe Esme's a hybrid in disguise!


    Am beginning to think the mystery egg was Esme too, simply because none of the others even bother with the nesting box in the daytime (but all like to snuggle in together at night!).


    I might set up some CCTV!


    Tina :D

  6. Thanks for merging the threads :D

    No I can't rub it off, I wondered about pigmentation, but all the other eggs have been flawless...I did wonder if one of the others had laid an egg, but there haven't been any similar eggs since, so I ruled that out!




  7. Our lovely Esme (Buff Orpington) gave us a slightly belated christmas present on Boxing Day of our first ever egg! !egg!:D Since then she has laid us an egg every day except for New Years Eve (maybe she was in the party mood?!). I'm surprised on two counts - firstly I expected the early eggs to be small and soft shelled, but they have all been a good size, perfectly formed and with strong shells...and secondly, according to everything I've read, the Orpington isn't a great layer, so I only expected 50-100 eggs a year from Esme, and yet she's given us 7 eggs in 8 days!


    efdbff50.jpg Esme sitting on...

    dde21573.jpg ..our very first egg!

    6128d95d.jpg our first three eggs, all from Esme


    None of the other five are laying yet, so we're all guessing who will give us our next egg!


    Ooh, a quick question for all you experts - six of the eggs have been plain shelled, but one was speckley in appearance, red dots - I wondered if it was red mite, but nothing before or since, and when I went out with my torch to see if I could see any mite in the night time, I couldn't see anything - any ideas what the red speckles on that one egg might be?


    705dd859.jpg The speckley egg!





    p.s. posted this in the wrong forum initially, sorry for duplicate post!

  8. *drumroll...*


    Pictures of my six beautiful girls:


    Ginny, the buff Pekin: 76e9dcd9.jpg


    Hermione, the buff laced Wyandotte: 2187892d.jpg35b4d31d.jpg


    Sprinkle, the other buff Pekin: bc6c3959.jpg


    *Name TBC*, the lavender Aruacana: bdc13db6.jpg4f10b7df.jpg


    *Name TBC*, the Barnevelder: f89761c4.jpg21cd55fe.jpg


    *Name TBC*, the buff Orpington: 3eb22b25.jpg9d8929ec.jpg


    Ginny and Hermione taking themselves to bed!: 52c1042e.jpg


    Araucana and Barnevelder having a chat!: 1318f18f.jpg


    All the girls together: fdfe2482.jpg


    Can't believe how many pictures I've taken already, this is probably less than 10% of them!


    Happy times!

    Tina :dance:

  9. Yesterday, I went to Wyle Valley Chickens (by sheer accident you understand) and was amazed by both the quality and the variety they have on offer. I accidentally came away with 2 x 12 week Aracaunas, as you do... At some point, I'll tackle the technology to put up a photo, but take my word for it - they are gorgeous!


    It's not far from Stonehenge in a village called South Newton. If you do go, ask the sat nav to take you via The Woodfords - that way you avoid the queues at Stonehenge. Website is http://www.wylevalleychickens.co.uk




    How lovely to read this! I've spent the last month researching the best place to buy my chooks, and settled on Wylye Valley for the quality and variety they seem to offer. It's a long drive (I live in Bexley) so it's great to hear from an independent source that they're as good as I'd hoped! Thank you :-)


    Tina :-)

  10. Another Newbie!

    Hi everyone,


    I have been hankering after keeping chickens for a few years but could never afford the initial outlay...until I was unbelievably lucky a few weeks ago and got a lovely Eglu Cube on Freecycle (cube purple) ! So now I am researching into what breeds would suit us best. So far we have decided we will have 4 large fowl and 2 bantams.


    I haven't made a final decision as yet, but it's likely we'll have two Pekins, an Orpington, an Araucana, possibly a Wyandotte, and the last one TBA! They will be confined to the run whilst I'm at work, but anytime that either me or hubby are at home they will be able to have the run of the garden.




    Looking forward to getting to know people, and improving my chicken knowledge!




    Tina :-)

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