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Chookchat last won the day on September 23 2019

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  1. 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.
  2. 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 !
  3. 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 !
  4. 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 ?
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. I hope someone can help me.I have two hybrid girls who are 15 months old and I have just added two bantam Orpingtons who are 22 weeks old.I can't keep them separated as I haven't the room.During the day things are not too bad,in fact it is quite peaceful with just the odd swipe from the big girls.BUT at bedtime the two big girls really get going and won't let the two new ones inside the roosting box.They both stand on guard at the pophole and attack. Tonight I have resorted to putting the new girls in a plastic pet carrier at bedtime.What I want to know is am I going to make matters worse by doing this or should I keep doing it until they are fully accepted? Thankyou to any one who has any ideas
  8. I have a WIR measuring 12ft x 10ft and I have two brown hybrid hens,not sure what breed! They are VERY close and inseparable. I would like to get two more,possibly Plymouth Rocks to create a bit more balance should one of the originals die.I also have a chicken house with an attached run attached to the WIR,if this makes sense.It is supposed to hold 5/6 hens but I think this is a bit optimistic. Do you think I have enough room for two more? There is a dustbath and a silver birch ( growing through a hole in the roof ) within the run. Thanks for any comments and your help

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