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  1. Hi, I am selling a 2m x 2m WIC. It is a MK 1 run. I have provisionally sold the run but have an extension piece that is 3m x 1m which is a newer run that was purchased 2 years ago that the buyer is interested in. Can the newer WIR be attached to the older runs? I think that if you take out the middle roof piece then the newer extension would be 2m x 1m. The original run size for the newer run is 3m x 3M. Any advice is appreciated.
  2. Hi, Its been a long time since I have posted. I have a fox that started to appear in the garden at night last week (it takes the same route every night and triggers the security lights in the garden). on Tuesday the girls were out having some free time and as I went to lock them up I walked out to find the fox standing in the garden. It ran as soon as it saw me. We are semi rural so it is not an urban fox. I thought it might have taken one of the chickens but she soon reappeared about 30 minutes later. This morning I was woken up by chicken screaming at about 6.45am. I ran out and the fox was trying to get into the run.Oone of the chickens was out and panicking in the WIR. The fox ran off but came back about 15 minutes later. After I went out again it ran again and has not come back. Unfortunately the chicken that was panicking has injured her leg and I will need to take her to the vet. I have decided to enquire with some pest control companies how much it will cost to trap and kill the fox humanely. Has anyone done this? I have lived in our house for 7 years and this is the only the second fox we have seen. We live next to a farm so they tend to deal with any "pest control" problems.
  3. If my 4 made this noise in the morning I would be delighted. Mine salute the sun every morning. That means they stand on various levels in the run facing the sun and shout! A bit like an egg announcement but louder and more annoying. Luckily "Ooops, word censored!"ody has complained yet but but every now and then they get the "hose" warning so i can get a few more hours sleep!
  4. Could you post a picture of your setup? I have a cube and 1M run against the cube and there is no gap. Do you have your cube bitted right up to the WIR?
  5. I use a half barrel planter that you can get from the garden centre. I only half fill it which means it is hard for them to kick out the contents and they also sit on the edges during the day so they get another level to their run. They can get three of them in at a squeeze and four when they are being very ambitious. It also means I am not forever filling it up. I started with a large shallow trug but gave up as all the dirt ended up in the run and not in the trug!
  6. I managed to get a second hand one and its great. I have a cube attached to it and you can just butt the cube run up against it. I have noticed they have upgraded the door and now you can add a smaller door which is very handy as I had to buy a cube door panel to add a "back door" to let the chickens out in their FR area. I would recommend it. Very easy to put up and take down and I only have 2 omlet covers on the top and one on the cube run and wind covers around the back of the cube for shelter and it keeps it all fairly dry. Also it gives a great opportunity to add different levels which is great when you have new hens who need to escape for a bit of peace whilst doing new intro's. It also belns in with the garden very well. Would recommend one if you can afford it!
  7. I have has exactly the oposite experience. The blubelle was a bit of a bully and went broody. (Although i thought she had an egg stuck at the time so the olive oil in her vent must have been a shock ) but she could easily be picked up because she was so fat and slow, although she clearly didn't actually like it. The speckldey was just generally lovely but bottom of the pecking order and always had a bald bottom. She did like to be picked up though but never went broody. I miss her
  8. At least the supplier took them back. I had a similar issue with some hybrids about 18 months ago. The new girls seemed healthy. About a week after I introduced them I noticed the older girls who I had had for just under a year had mucus around their eyes. One came down with serious mycoplasma and I had a costly visit to the vets, a very stressful week trying to drip feed it and all the girls had to be treated etc. When I mentioned it to the supplier they told me that all birds carry Mycoplasma, the vaccinations only last a year and that the stress of introducing the new girls was to blame. At the time I just accepted this but looking back it was not very helpful. I guess you live and learn. I now have got my 2 new girls from another supplier and they seem to be so much better.
  9. I am so sorry to hear about your horrible experience. It must have been so upsetting. Have you thought about getting a trail camera? They can take infra red pictures and videos at night and are set off by movement. They can take pictures and videos. They are weatherproof and can be left for weeks if you want to leave them to capture any night time (or day time) visitors. Although they are about £100 I think it might be worth it for peace of mind for your other girls. I got one when we had a rat infestation and the pictures were remarkable and helped me get on top of the problem. At least then you can see what is around your run each night. Good Luck and I hope your remaining girls stay safe.
  10. Can you put a roosting branch in the cube so that the new ones have somewhere to escape to? I have always found this really useful when integrating new hens. At first they just seem to sit up there looking miserable but they will come down to eat and it helps the others get used to having them around.
  11. They are wormed regularly, don't have mites etc and have minimal treats. I have had the soft egg layer for 2.5 years and they were always bad from the moment she came into lay. She has stopped laying completely in the last few months. The other one left from the last batch has always laid large eggs but they have always been so watery that they disintegrate on poaching, never set when fried etc. I have tried everything to get the egg quality up to a better standard. She is now 18 months old and is only laying 1 egg a week at the moment. I had similar egg problems from the beginning with another 2 who have since died. All the egg problems started as soon as they came into lay. The 2 new hens are laying lovely eggs. They are small but the shells are hard and the egg quality is so much better. It just seems strange that the new hens from a different supplier lay better eggs, whilst 4 separate hens bought 1 year apart (2 each time) all have laid poor quality eggs (Soft shells and watery eggs) from day 1.
  12. I was wondering if anyone has experience of different egg quality from different suppliers? I have had 2 sets of hybrids from the same supplier. They do not breed and buy in POL birds. I bought 2 birds each time a year apart. Each was a different hybrid. Not one of them has given me good eggs. One laid a large egg from day one but it was watery and couldn't be poached or fried. Now a year later I am lucky if I get one egg a week. 2 other girls were similar, either didn't lay regularly or had such a poor quality shell and egg that unless they were boiled or used in cakes were no good, or they just destroyed them in the nest box. Another has laid soft shell eggs since she started laying and 6 months ago gave up laying completely. I have tried everything to make them lay better eggs. Oyster shell, every supplement etc. I only write this as I have just got 2 new girls who have stared laying in the past few weeks. Their eggs are amazing. The difference is night and day.The eggs shells are hard, not like the others and the eggs are amazing. They are from a different suppler so I don't know if this is what the difference is. Does anyone have any experience like this? I would appreciate anyones opinion on whetehr I have been unlucky or some suppliers have poor quality hens.
  13. I am sure most of you will have seen this boys story but if you haven't please google him or better still donate @justgiving. He is dying and signed off on facebook last night as he is not expected to make it through today. One of his bucket list wishes was to raise £1million for teenage cancer trust. He has done it but wouldn't it be fantastic if we could double this? It sounds depressing but he is truely inspirational especially as we often think teenagers now don't appreciate anything.
  14. I got my first egg from one of my new skylines on Good Friday. It was a beautiful blue colour. Today and yesterday they were full size so I decided to have scambled eggs for breakfast. The last two were double yolkers so I had very rich scambled eggs this morning.
  15. The regency feeders are certainly not vermin proof. Have a read of my previous post of rats and more rats. The rats can actually push their way into the feeders by just pushing the flap but then they can't get out until a chicken or large rat activates the treadle. This was the reply I got from Regency when I complained about catching 7 rats in my feeders. "The treadles are advertised as ‘helping to keep’ vermin at bay, unfortunately it has been known that a few large rats stepping onto the treadle will operate it as it only takes 300g for this to happen. If you have a rat infestation then you will need to cure this, once completed you shouldn’t have the problems you are experiencing as the treadles are good for keeping the food contained" I think the Grandpa's feeders are probably better for keeping rats out. Good luck. I feel your pain
  16. The girls have been FR for the last few days whilst I have been about and have put themselves to bed each night. Unfortunately not in the cube but on the high branch in the WIR. As I have left the door on the cube run I waited until Pecky Becky and Evil Edna had gone to bed and then put the skylines into the cube run and shut them in. They then took themselves off to be in the cube. Hopefully I won't have to do this too long until they get the hang of things. I then opened the cube door so they can let themselves into the WIR in the morning. I don't want to take the high perch down as they use it to escape the other two when they are being awful. I have taken the classic out as they refused to go in it unless I shoe horned them into it and it was just taking up space. I guess I should be thankful that intros have been uneventful so far and they now FR within a few feet of each other after only 2 weeks and the getting them into the cube at night is the only problem.
  17. You won't regret it Luxmoore. My WIC has only been up for 2 weeks and it has made things so much easier. No more stooping or poo on your knees! The other thing is the girls can stretch their wings and flap about and they now have high roosting bars so they don't just have the floor space either.
  18. Yes you can connect both to the run. I recently bought a second hand WIC that came with a classic. I already had a cube and run and have asked Omlet the same question. This was their reply. "To connect the Cube with the run to the walk in run, you would only need to take one of the bottom sections off the walk in run off, and butt the Cube run up to it (you don't even need to take the door off the cube run if you didn't want to) and use some of our green run clips to secure it. For the Classic with no run you would need to purchase the walk in run Classic connection kit, but make sure it is for the Classic with no run. You can attach both of your Eglus to the Walk in run at the same time if you wish."
  19. I have 2 new skylines that I brought home 2 weeks ago. So far introductions are going OK. I kept them apart for the first week and am slowly introducing them together. I have put a high perch in the WIR so the new girls can get away from the other two but they try and sleep there every night. I have put a classic in the WIR and the cube is also attached. The two "old" girls sleep in the cube. I was putting the new girls into the classic at night and shutting them in and doing the same with the cube and letting them all out at the same time. On one occasion where it was dark before I got home the new girls had sneaked into the cube but other than that night I can't get them off the high perch to go into either the clasic or the cube. I am going out every night now and putting them into the cube with the others and shutting the door. Am I doing the right thing or should I just leave them to roost overnight on the branch?
  20. Hi Clucker1. Thanks for the reply. Fingers crossed for some blue eggs I don't have any others from Southmead Poultry as I only discovered them a few weeks ago. I am embarrassed to say that I live less than 2 miles from them so will definately use them again in the future as I was impressed by their set up and the girls I have are lovely. They are very flighty but I expected this and they are already settling down which is good.
  21. I was wondering if anyone has experience with skylines? I managed to get 2 beautiful skylines form Southmead Poultry last week and was wondering what percentage of people really get blue eggs. I have to say that even if they are not blue they really are lovely so I am not really bothered but was just wondering as its says there is an 80% chance of a coloured egg.
  22. We will have to move out of our house for 6 months in the next few months and I was trying to decide whether to move the chickens with us or leave then where they are with daily visits (We will only move a few miles away hopefully.). Reading everyones replies I think I will leave then where they are as moving the whole set up twice in 6 months sounds more of a nightmare! I know that if I ever have to move completely that I can leave then with Surrey Poultry for a few days for a bit of a holiday whilst I get sorted. Is there anywhere like that near you?
  23. It is a bit bigger than you may think so It might be worth going and seeing one if you can. With 5 chickens you would want to have more than the standard run and that makes it quite big if you have limited space. It is wider than the classic and run and quite square so is much more dominant in a smaller garden. Other than that it is great and if you have the space then I would recommend it.
  24. I bought some treadle feeders that were supposed to be rat proof but ended up being the best traps I have ever used. They were able to push themselves through the door but then couldn't get out. I then tipped them into a wheely bin to be disposed off by my lovely OH and his pellet gun. On a more serious note I had the same problem. I cleared away any compost areas in my garden, laid some baited boxes but also spoke to the neighbours. It turned out they were living under their shed and they had already had pest control round. After catching 7 rats alive and finding one dead I have never had a problem but I do keep topping up the bait in the bait boxes. It seems to disapear over time but I have not seen any rats sine the initial infestation. Unfortuntely it may mean being a bit patient. Believe me if you see them in the daytime then the nights are worse. I set up a camera and was shocked about how many rats were around at night as well as the day Good Luck.
  25. Thanks for the advice. I have decided to keep the classic as I have just heard back from omlet that I can attach both of the eglus to the WIR and can leave the door of the cube run on when I attach it. This will make intros so much easier as can just have newbies in the classic and WIR and keep the older ones in the cube until time to mix them. I will only need to get a classic connection kit as can attach the cube just as it is. Am now looking forward to some drier weather so I can get everything set up. All I need now is omlet to start making little doors in the side or back of the cube run so I can let the other hens out to FR.

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