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  1. Thankyou for your reply. She seems very chilled when she's in her boudoir and is now eating well. She'll be 10 next year so quite ancient and a real character.
  2. Last December when I was down to one lonely elderly Pekin I got 3 ex commercial hens to keep her company. I was aware that integrating them would be difficult,which it definitely was,4 months to be exact. Now for the last couple of months they have turned on her to the point that she stopped eating,was very stressed and was constantly on edge and would hide in the coop all day. I have now made her a nice comfortable run within the run so she still has company but is safer. What I can't understand is that at roosting time I let her out with supervision and they all roost together with no issues. Does anyone have any idea why they accept her at night but not during the day? She has settled well in her run ,is eating normally etc. During the afternoon I section off the main run and let her out to potter about and use the dust bath for a couple of hours. Thankyou for any replies.
  3. I feel Gracie's pain. I don't know if it will be a double yolker yet,will keep you updated. I've had them 7 months now and at the moment they are fighting fit but I am aware there will be problems further down the line. They are funny, feisty girls.
  4. An 89g egg from one of my ex batts this morning
  5. That's so sad but what a lovely thought by the vet. Luckily I have a great vet as well. When I had my little bantam pts at 13 years old last year they sent me a locket with some of her feathers in it,it quite choked me. I do hope you get a few more,the garden is so quiet without them.
  6. After 18 months and being 9 years old my little Pekin, Bisto, laid a lovely little egg today!!
  7. Hello everyone, I don't often post on here or any where to be honest but I need some advice. I have three elderly bantams,one is 12 and the other two are about 8. None have laid this year but I had a few last year. I have noticed that they are not eating as well as they have done,is this due to them not using energy in making eggs and should I change them on to a different type of food other than layers? Thank you for your help
  8. Thank you both for your replies, given me food for thought !
  9. I am hoping to get two more girls to join my four ageing bantams..two Pekins and two Wyandottes.I would like larger birds,mainly for a few eggs. I have a large WIR with a large dust bath attached at one end and a generous coop. Do Plymouth Rocks sound good? I believe they are docile and will be happy in a run. I don't want my old girls upset by new additions apart from the usual settling in period.Any suggestions welcome
  10. Don't know if anyone else has noticed a decline in the amount of food their hens are eating.Mine don't seem to be very eager to eat any thing,I have four bantams. They seem well and happy enough with no obvious problems,none are laying and all are over 7 years old with one coming up to 11. Any comments are welcome.
  11. I've got a Silver Pencilled bantam Wyandotte who is coming up to 10 years old and she is still laying fairly regularly and going broody.Thought she would be in the henopause by now !
  12. Yes on reflection the hen I am thinking of is a feisty madam that I have to approach wearing gloves because she attacks me when she is broody. Not one of my most brilliant ideas !
  13. Very interesting product,do you think it would help to cool a broody down if she were wrapped in it and held for about 30 mins ?
  14. Because she's a 'posh' bird her name is Vivienne,I also have Rosie,Flora,Bisto,Lola and Roxy.I'm interested in your theory about turmeric,keep us posted,good luck
  15. I too have a very persistent broody who is now 10 years old...thought she would be in the henopause by now! With the broodiness comes a girl who changes from a sweet natured hen to a screaming banshee on acid. I have found the best way to help her is when she is not broody is to block up the nest box at night so she can't build up a head of steam and then when she does eventually succumb, to sin bin her until the others have laid,shut up the house and let her out to mix with the others.Then sin bin her overnight up on bricks,this usually takes about 5 days.She is without doubt the most determined broody I have ever had.

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