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Mr Rhode Island Red

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  1. Just passing through, hello all, it's been a while, glad to see this is still a thing.
  2. Brushing the dust off my account. Funny to be back. Last time I logged in here was September 2014. So great to see all the Avatars again Still have hens myself, 6 of them. A RIR, Light Sussex, Modern Game Bantam, Silkie X Welsummer Cross, Silkie X Poland Cross and a Black Rock. Good to see you all
  3. Thanks for all the advice everybody, and apologies for the slow reply. Opened the pop-hole of the hen house on Friday morning (the morning after the bad walking) and was rather surprised to see the hen has made a miraculous improvement with her walking. She hurried out the door normally just like all the other hens, and is still eating and drinking normally. She seems to be healthy now but I'm remaining vigilant. Only thing is that she does not seem too inclined to go inside at night now. Prefers to roost under a large clump of wild flowers. But I bring her inside and place her in a nestbox for the night (she seems to flinch if I place her on the roost) and sleeps soundly. I'm going to suggest she could have jumped down from the roost wrong and possibly "knocked a snap" out of her feet/shanks. I'll keep an eye on her for a few days though, in case my relief is premature
  4. Let out my hens this morning to find that one of my bantam-ish hens was just staying in the nestbox and wouldn't leave. She isn't broody, I'm definite of that. When I picked her up and brought her outside she just sat down and spread herself out. When I filled the water drinker, it became apparent that she was unable to stand or even walk a few steps without stumbling over. I have left her in a sheltered place now, with food and water. Her head, eyes, nose are all fine. Her feet and legs are no different to what they normally are. She is defecating normally and eating and drinking. She does not seem to be in pain, only when she tries to walk. Any idea as to what is wrong with her, how to help/treat it? She's a Silkie cross by the way. Thanks
  5. ^^^^^^^ Hello all Chicken flock a bit diminished recently due to old age and fox attacks but we're still ticking over
  6. Haven't been on the forum in ages. Anyway, hello everybody
  7. In fairness to her she is doing well to make it past 7 years old, tis very old for a hen. Well, actually her ovaries broke down at a young age and she didn't lay a massive number of eggs as far as I can remember, so she is one of these "gender swap chickens" but she still did well in my eyes. She's the only hen I have remaining from my first flock of hybirds I got in 2007 (she was born in December 2006). I'll try the massaging and hope for the best, who knows, she might come back to herself. Thanks for the advice
  8. Hi everybody, My oldest hen, Sadie, is 7 and a half years old and it looks like this is starting to take a toll on her. The past few days she has been sick enough. She seems to be lethargic. She is drinking and eating but doesn't seem to be able to keep down water and as a result I think she could be becoming dehydrated. This morning she headed over for a drink with the rest of the flock and drank water. I watched her for 10/15 minutes and noticed she was regurgitating the water and occasionally vomiting it out. I did a general health check, vent seems fine, as do the nose, eyes and everything else. I don't think it is sour crop because her breath isn't foul-smelling. When she vomits up the water it is as it was when she drank it, it isn't brown or red or pink or anything. Any idea what I should do? Maybe syringe water, garlic, ACV etc.? Thanks, Mr RIR
  9. Thanks for the help everybody. I thought there was something more to the brown ones that just silkie. It's like they have the crest, 5 toes and mulberry skin of a silkie, but they don't have the "fluffy" feathering or the feathered legs mentioned in the breed standard And the Poland cross seems a very possible identity, Chickabee Any idea how old they look? Are they a nice bird to keep? Would they have any chance getting along with the established flock?
  10. I went to a friend of mine this morning to deliver some cuts of meat that he had ordered. This guy is big into his poultry and waterfowl with anything from Transylvanian Naked necks to geese. Anyway, he showed me a flock of growers. He said they were unwanted surplus from the breeding season. He told me they were going to be culled in a few days time and asked would I take a few. I was a bit cornered at this point, and so accepted them reluctantly. He said that they were 6 months old and that they are due to start laying soon. But I honestly don't think these look 6 months old... (apologies for poor photos, they aren't too fond of cameras just yet) http://flickr.com/gp/119083245@N07/8028X8 http://flickr.com/gp/119083245@N07/V916iV http://flickr.com/gp/119083245@N07/0N048e He said that the white one is a cockerel and the other two are hens. Any idea as to what they are? The hens remind me of Marsh Daisies or maybe a Silkie. No idea as to what the cockerel is. I was reluctant to take them because I don't really have the space or housing to accommodate them at the moment. So I think I might sell them or give them away but It would be nice to know what they are first, and as to whether they would have any chance of someday running with my established flock of hybrids.
  11. You could say that again. Still not working for me...
  12. I was hoping it would give an overall trend in the number of members the forum has, taking into account the deletion of non-posters, but having checked the members section there it seem that some 7,000 of the current members are non-posters, meaning these results are now a bit flawed. Dare me to make a new one excluding the non-posters
  13. Hello Everybody, You have probably seen some of the statistics I did about the forum before regarding membership and posts etc. but here is something a bit more visual than what I have done before. I thought it would be interesting to see how fast/slow the forum accumulated all the 14,500 members it has today. So, using the Members search section of the forum I found the following. https://www.dropbox.com/s/scn84hr5jgopfsq/Capture.JPG *The yellow call bubble should say 2011, my mistake*
  14. It has happened me once too. Sitting down to the paper at 11PM to remember to lock in the hens. I was getting them out of trees and hedges for about an hour. Resourceful little creatures...
  15. Hello everybody, I have been trying to post some pictures to the forum with Photobucket recently and all I'm getting from the website is a load of HTML code and the like. Does anybody else have this problem or is it just me? Thanks
  16. Sorry guys, haven't been on the forum for a while... In the end I went with the Nikon D60 with an 18-55 kit lens. I saw it on Donedeal (classifieds website) as an unwanted present as new still in its box for €220 along with a very good camera bag thrown in for free. It takes great photos compared to the Fuji I had. Only irritation is that I soon developed a yearn for a bit more zoom for the likes of wild bird and nature. So I'm currently researching long lenses, with my eye on the 55-200mm. Here's an example of one I took in November: https://www.dropbox.com/sc/p057c1p6sl6y1k3/wsHmyCrNhx
  17. Been a while since I was on the forum. Anyway, I have been wondering about this for a while. We had a bumper crop of Sharpe's Express potatoes this year and they are currently pitted. The local co-op is now selling only 20kg bags of layers pellets instead of 25kg but they are remaining the same price as the 25kg! Now I know DEFRA is very strict about feeding "household waste" to chickens. But if the potatoes were to be boiled for and only for the chickens, would it be OK? I'm just looking for something to add a bit more mass to their dinner over the winter, I won't be swapping the pellets for potatoes just yet...
  18. People "borrowing" my hen-house-cleaning gloves and not returning them (and often denying ever having them) People who use the lawnmower and don't empty it, leaving the person who uses it next with a big, soggy, putrid mass of decayed grass clippings. Clumsy broodies that step on eggs
  19. All boybands far and wide. The fact MTV rarely plays music. The fact Discovery Channels rarely show anything factual. When a recording on the Sky Box starts too late or finishes before the programme is over. Living in Ireland while watching the scientific, technological, and medical breakthroughs of every country except my own. Hens, sheep, and cattle that decide to go off-colour the day before you go on holidays. Actually, that last one is more than a minor irritation.
  20. Well, I used Ccleaner and ran a defrag using defraggler and freed up 12GB and generally made the puter more...zippy. Thanks for all your advice
  21. Oh my, a computer question on a chicken-keeping forum... Hi, I have a ~7 year old Acer Hardrive running windows Vista. With age it has gotten clogged up, and the C: drive(70GB) has only about 3GB of space left. I am annoyed, because only 20GB of space is taken up by media (Pictures, Videos, Music) and I have no idea as to what is taking up all the other space (about 50GB). I have googled methods to free up space but to little avail. I did a disk cleanup, which only freed up about 3GB and emptied the %temp% folder, which freed up about 5GB. I read about a "disk defragmentation" and asked the local computer store about it, but they said it would only free up about 8GB {is that true? } and that considering the fact that the computer has never been defragmentated before, he said the process could take up to 36 hours I have noticed another partition of my hardrive, the DATA D: drive, it can hold a further 70GB and is virtually empty. A few questions for the more tech-knowledgeable omleteers: Should I go ahead with a disk defragmentation? How much will it free up? Will it take a very long time? Will any of my valuable files be touched (photos etc.) Can I use this DATA drive for storing stuff on my computer? An extra 70gigs would certainly sort out the problem. Or should I just pack it in and consider a new hardrive? THanks
  22. I haven't been to this board for a while but I do have a question. I have read in a few publications that rainwater collected in a barrel connected to a drainpipe is bad for chickens, no explanation as to why, it is just bad. Does this hold any truth or is it rubbish, I would imagine rainwater and tap water are much the same...
  23. thanks for settling the compatibility matter Sorry to be asking so many questions, but I was wondering if lenses are costly. Do I have to buy specific lenses for specific types of photographs, or is there such a thing as a all-in-one, suitable for both sunsets and landscape shots, as well as close ups of my chickens and portrait shots? Back to the price of lenses, will I end up paying the price of the camera body (or twice the price) again on lenses? I know this sounds really stupid and vague, but which lens is best? Thanks for all your advice so far

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