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percy049

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  1. I have to admit I agree with both of you!
  2. Our Barnvelder hasn't laid in months
  3. Our first hens were rescued so completely understand how you feel. It is a lovely thing to do but it is heart breaking having them for such a short time. Our hybrids have generally lived for about 4 years but its ranged from 9 months to 10 years Perhaps you could have pure breeds next and then in the future see how you feel about rescuing again?
  4. If you've only had him a couple of weeks, be patient, it takes a while for them to get used to stepping up onto your finger. Does he step up automatically when he is somewhere else e.g. on top of his cage?
  5. I've found that you have to splash the water yourself to show them what it is and flick/splash the water at them
  6. I do think some older chickens would love it! 🤣
  7. Reiterating Sarkymite, what are you feeding them? And it may be just as she's getting used to laying eggs Are the egg shells soft or hard/firm? Is it just the appearance thats putting you off?
  8. One of my hens has always laid eggs with extra 'bobbles' on them
  9. Oh no! I can't believe it's happened to you again so soon
  10. Yay! I've read in a few places now that (allegedly) Bluebelles can be prone to laying double-yolkers. When my Bluebelle was young she used to lay double yolkers
  11. As soon as we got some chickens we stopped eating it
  12. I had a tonsillectomy a year ago with no complications. Apparently it took them a little longer than normal to stop the bleeding in theatre (which is normal with me). I had a sore throat for about 2 weeks afterwards, and there's lots of conflicting info over whether you should have dry, scratchy foods (toast, crisps etc) afterwards. Under advice from the surgeon/nurses I avoided these Its quite a simple operation really
  13. She might be going broody; could you have a separate run for her?
  14. I think it comes from being bored at old relatives houses and all you could hear was the clocks ticking, very, very slowly That might be where I got it from too
  15. They drive me nuts (along with ticking clocks)
  16. Someone on my parent's road often burns rubbish on his driveway..... I keep telling them they need to report it to the council
  17. Sorry to hear about your loss Introductions for the first time is very daunting but when you've done it once it becomes a lot easier! Probably best to only add 2 to begin with given there is only one existing hen, and she will peck the new ones for the first few weeks Keep them apart for a while but so they can see eachother and get used to it. Personally, when I've introduced new chickens I've kept them in a box overnight in the house or garage for a week or so before they stopped being picked on before letting them sleep in the house together (there are lots of different ways). Having 2 feeding stations would also be a good idea In the long run Linda will be a lot happier having some other chickens to play with

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