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  1. Here they are : Wyldstyle (Millefleur), Grey one is Jay and the white one is now called Emmet!
  2. I shall get some photos tomorrow hopefully weather permitting. I really hope they like us! I keep popping outside every so often so they should get used to me. My 2 yr old already gave them part of her apple core. One is stubbornly refusing to get in the eglu with her friends. I hope she doesn't stay out in the run all night!
  3. Thanks for the tips. I have sweetcorn in the freezer. The kids named them (big Lego fans) Wyldstyle (from Lego movie) Kai and Jay (from Lego Ninjago) !
  4. I've just gone and picked up 3 pekin ladies and they are exploring their new home as I type! I'm hoping they will settle in quickly as I want to be able to stroke/pick them up! Any tips on taming them?
  5. Thank you all so much for your input. Looking for hybrid bantams now but not much choice around Nottinghamshire. May get hybrids if it comes to it- just concerned about them being too large! Oh well you can't have it all!
  6. I think I will be having chicken related dreams tonight! It's so tricky - I think I probably just want the perfect hen that doesn't exist!
  7. Thanks for your replies. My old Wyandotte bantam was broody a lot and she was quite nasty with it and obviously wasn't laying any eggs. Not sure I can be doing with that so maybe Pekins are out of the running now! I am thinking more and more about getting hybrids although I know they poo and eat for England! However they do lay eggs consistently. So much to think about! My first hens were bantams. I then acquired 2 old hybrid ladies who didn't lay any eggs but were more friendly than my bantams had ever been! Thank you- lots to digest now!
  8. As you guys are so knowledgable about these things could I ask a quick question. I'm about to get hens again and have been considering the best breeds for a smallish garden/small children/eggs etc. I do like the look of Pekins but the broodiness puts me off. I was wondering if I was to get 2 bantams (for eggs) and then 2 Pekins at a later date, would this work? I've got a classic and 3m run but they would have access to the garden too. I think I want my 2 year old to have a proper pet chicken but also ones that lay more egg so don't want to just have Pekins. Does any of this make sense? I have been researching breeds for months and just want to make the right choice! Thanks all x
  9. The latest news is we lost Pippin at the weekend and old lady chicken doesn't look very happy at the moment either so to be honest I'm not expecting her to be with us very long. That will pretty much leave our Wynandotte Henrietta on her own. I will then be left with the 3m run Eglu and a wooden hen house. So, if I get 2 hybrid girls to join Henrietta, I am presuming it would be best to house the newbies in the wooden house at first and let them get to know each other in the garden before putting them together? What do you all think?
  10. Thanks for your replies. Does it matter that one is a hybrid and the other bantams? Also the hybrid is an egg eater so not sure how that would work! One more thing, would they sell me a single bird? Not done this before as I bought 3 bantams together originally!
  11. Hi all Ive got a bit of a situation. I have two pure breed bantams which live in an eglu. Over the summer I was given 2 hybrids and a wooden hen house (helping out a friend who has to move and couldn't take them with her). One of the hybrids died a few weeks back and the remaining chicken called "Chicken" is such a lovely friendly girl and follows me around when she's let out into the garden. I tried to let out all 3 hens out together and there was a massive chicken s"Ooops, word censored!". My Australorp is looking a bit peaky at the mo so thinking about taking her to the vets so I don't want them all together as it might be contagious. My question is, Chicken is quite an old girl I think so would it be stressful for her to get a room mate at her time of life as I don't really want to mix all 3 together? Also if my poorly hen has to be PTS Im left with 2 hens in two separate houses and not sure what to do! Hope I haven't been too confusing?! Any advice/opinions? Thanks!
  12. Diva looks sweet. I have never stroked a silkie, I am assuming they are very soft! I must admit I like the look of the white and the grey ones. I think I need to see some up close!
  13. They are very sweet! How are they noise-wise?
  14. I must admit I am drawn to silkies. They look so cuddly and cute. Maybe I could get a mix! I like the sound of all of them. I can definitely see how people contract morehens sounds pretty incurable to me!
  15. Love Doodle!!! So cute! She looks like a very friendly girl! I am definitely after a real "pet" for the children. Added bonus of not being able to fly is appealing. So I would feel happy about them tootling around the garden.
  16. Love the look of silkies and pekins. I get reasonably sized eggs from my girls but I need to make sure I have at least a few girls that lay throughout the winter. Do the silkies and pekins need any extra special care etc? Also can they fly? Hope to be able to let them in the garden probably in the winter months as my little boy won't be out there much so they can poo where they like!
  17. Ok, so I decided to sell my and so far had no interest. I can't help thinking I am not meant to! Maybe I am destined to have more hens! At the moment I have 2 bantams (an australorp and a partridge wynadotte). My family has since grown by one who is now 7 months old. My hens don't lay every day and sometimes I find myself waiting for one of them to lay an egg so we can eat it I don't have a big garden so probably not going for any big girls. Im thinking with the kids Pekins or silkies, sablepoots, frizzles etc. If I were to get 3, what could I expect egg wise? I know they won't be very big but thats fine. Mine only lay from about February to October so I have to buy in eggs! Also does anyone know anywhere local to Nottingham/Leicestershire where I can get hold of any of these breeds?
  18. Yes the lemon cuckoo orp sounds interesting. Looking forward to seeing a pic of her! Can I ask, what happens if you hatch boys? Its something I would love to do but probably would be too scared to have a go!
  19. Update- decided to go against getting anymore chickens for the time being and having nowhere to store my empty eglu I think I will have to sell it. Thanks for all your help though!
  20. Hi Chuckmum6 I am also on the lookout for more chickens. I seem to remember you live in the same area as me so let me know where you decide to go! I can't decide whether to go for hybrids or some cute little pekins or sablepoots for our smallish garden. Bet my other girls won't like it! There doesn't seen to be many places close to us. I would love to have them from chicks but I wouldn't know where to start! They're really for my 5 year old as we lost our 12 year old rabbit last week. Keep us posted on what you decide- what breeds do you think you will go for?
  21. Thanks guys, some good ideas there. I have 3m runs for both eglus. How friendly are hybrids? I'm just thinking about my 5 year old and wether he would be able to handle them. We had an old English Game bantam originally and he loved her as she sat on his shoulder.
  22. Hello everyone. I haven't been on here for quite a while due to having had a baby recently. We lost our beloved 12 year old bunny on Monday so have an empty eglu in the shed. We still have our 2 bantam girls neither if which are very friendly and at the moment the Wyandotte is broody and not leaving the nest! So my dilemma is as my 5 year old son was heart broken over our rabbit do I get him some chickens of his own and due to our small ish garden what would cause less damage if we let them free range? Sorry for all the questions- I saw the eglu go-up and really like the look of that too! Was going to sell the spare eglu but I'm not so sure now! Good job I bought the hen converter base when I bought the rabbit one!
  23. Bit late on this thread. Not been on for a while due to this and that! Just waving hi from Bingham too! Glad you're enjoying your girls. Nice to know a fellow omletteer nearby!
  24. Thanks to my secret Santa! Loved the little bits and bobs made from paper- full of great surprises! I got some Xmas decs, and some lovely note cards amongst other things which I'm totally inspired by to try to make myself! Thanks again secret Santa x

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