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  1. Gosh, thank you all for your replies. It sounds like its a common problem which heartens me somewhat - the realization that we are not doing anything wrong. I guess we are lucky we've been rat free for so long. Going to buy a rat proof feeder, rat traps and then have a think about how to adjust the run. That video clip is freaky
  2. We've had an Eglu cube plus a large walk in Omlet run for a few years now and never had any problems with unwanted visitors. All food is stored in our garage. This winter we have noticed tunnel holes from outside the run, under the fox lip and then into the run. It started with one hole, but now there are about 10 all around the run and we have spotted a rat out there. Has anyone got any tips of how I can adapt the run to stop them?
  3. After draining her crop for the last two mornings, this morning is the first time she has voluntarily left the coop on her own. She's eating & drinking normally and seems back to her usual self
  4. Just moved this post to here as initally posted it in the wrong section
  5. Just realised I didn't update. Thanks for the replies. The vet agreed that was egg peritonitis & she was PTS. Bless her - she will be much missed.
  6. One of my girls has been off colour for a few days - first i thought maybe she was broody as she was just sitting in the nest box.But when i moved her into the run she still just sits there. Ive given her some nutri-drops & she will eat small amounts. Her crop looked really puffed this am despite not eating properly and when i felt it, it was all slushy. So i thought maybe sour crop - I've had a go at draining it but what came out was just brown water - I was expecting a smelly mush. Could it still be sour crop ? I can see anything else noteworthy - shes not got a swollen tummy, no lice or mites. She just seems permanently sleepy ! We lost one to egg peritonitis last week - could it be heartbreak ? She is three years old. Any ideas please ?
  7. I want to buy a 5kg pack of layers pellets with flubenvet & they seem readily available, but where is the cheapest place re delivery ?
  8. I'm planning to add a wildlife pond to my garden this season - can anyone recommend any good books or places where I can info on how to do it ?
  9. Our beloved Megg has been looking off peak this last week. Her comb is blue tinged & flopped over. She is still looking lovely feather wise & hasn't lost weight. But most worryingly is her hard swollen abdomen. She cannot walk as she topples & has to put her wings out to steady herself. As she is a good age, I'm sure the vet will advise being PTS & we obviously don't want her in pain, but how do we tell ? Or are the symptoms something that could be treated ? She's been a lovely girl, has never been an escapee, she's gentle & was a fabulous layer. We just want to do what's right.
  10. Does anyone have any pictures of their walk in run attached to a cube with extension that they would like to share ? I'm considering buying one but would like to see it in situ. Also, do Omlet ever have any 10% deals or such like ?
  11. I have in the past - I use ordinary garden grass seed but the fast growing type & separate off an area with omlet fence & reseed.However, that was when I had some grass left. Like you, my grass has totally gone with it being so wet this winter. Not sure how to do it - was thinking of turf but it would still need to be left for a little while to establish
  12. Wow that must have been hard work - I think I need to get my thinking cap on for a longer term solution next year. I've just ordered loads of woodchip as a temp solution until the spring. Thank you for sharing your photos - I love looking at other people's set ups.
  13. Well it seems a mild but wet winter is with us. My eglu run isn't too bad, but the grass I walk over to get to the run has totally gone and it is now a muddy quagmire. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I could put down ? It is too long a path to put woodchip down - anyone found any good solutions please ?
  14. I am going to convert one of my raised beds into a chicken salad bar - I've seen pictures on pinterest where grasses etc are grown and covered with chicken wire taut over them, so that the girls can only eat the green tips & not destroy the roots. Does anyone else do this & what do they grow ? Normal grass seed ?
  15. I'm just looking at the Harrod cage -are you able to post some pictures - I'd be very grateful. I too have escaping chickens who jump onto the cube run & out. They are locked at night in their cube run - so I like the sound on your set up for daytime. Currently they are in an area surrounded by omlet netting which is no match for the escapees !
  16. We've recently had a bad introduction - ending in a trip to the vet after a nasty attack by one chook on another. Some chickens just seem to need more time - I would continue as you are - slowly - it will happen but maybe weeks not days. I know thats probably not what you want to hear. I always want them to gel immediately - but it sometimes doesn't. In my experience, it always happens eventually though. Good luck
  17. My Cube & run is positioned to the side of the netting & two of my newbies keep jumping onto the cube, walking along & escaping into the garden ! I can't move the cube as its on the only flat bit of the garden - has anyone got any clever ideas about what I could put on the top of the cube to stop them from walking along ? I'm sure there are some inventive people who have done something already So since writing this yesterday I wondered if anyone had recently bought a WIR. I looked into it a few years ago when I first had chickens but we couldn't afford it then. Where do you all recommend getting one from ? I do have a problem that the area is not flat but I could probably adapt something. Also, the photos on here of WIR seem to be old ones - is there a recent thread with photos ? Many thanks all - the escapees are driving me nuts !!!
  18. All my girls are fed the same but one of my newer chickens is laying a really pale yolk. My other girls are laying fab bright yolks - what can I do to pep up this one chook ? She's been awkward ever since we've got her - and is still escaping daily !!
  19. No,£90 was what the out of hours fee would have been if I'd gone last night. Had she been distressed then I would have had to go I think but she was calm so I waited. This morning it was £18 plus the charge for the medicines. It was the other newbie that attacked her - if I put them together won't she start pecking again ?
  20. I'm so sorry - she looked gorgeous
  21. Saw the vet this am - she was lovely & really knowledgeable. Smokey has been given antibiotics for a week, pain relief & antiseptic wash. She seems perky enough & is eating,drinking and pooing. She is now in the conservatory and has an apt to see the vet again in a week to check that she won't need surgery on her tail end.Luckily the preen gland was still intact. I think she will be ok. I've bought her some poultry tonic too But I'm worried about how the integration will work now. I've effectively now got a single chicken to integrate now, and when Smokey is well, she'll be a single to integrate too. Does anyone have any ideas please ?
  22. So, we currently had 3 in our flock. On Saturday we got two new girls. We've been doing a phased intro with the old girls remaining in the cube run & the new girls having the run of our large outside space. Then occasionally we swop them over & have allowed the old girls a run & popped the new girls into a large open dog crate set up in the middle so that they can all se each other. They have had a few merge sessions & there was a bit of pecking between one of our old ones & a newbie. At night the newbies have been sleeping in a small wooden coop that I have. All good progress I thought. Anyway, I went out for a couple of hours this afternoon & left the newbies in the crate together & the old girls free to roam around them. I didn't expect to find what I did when I got home. One of the new girls has pecked & pecked at the other newbie (who is the smaller of the two) to the point of all the tail feathers have gone plus there is alot of blood around her tail parts - it looks raw & open. I've called the vet but it is £90 just to see someone tonight - the have advised me to keep her warm & they have booked me to see their bird specialist at 9am. I've brought her in & am keeping her warm but am too nervous to wash the wound myself - its pretty shocking. I am so cross with myself - I was only meant to be out for an hour but got held up due to an accident. I feel really guilty but am also worried now about the 'other' newbie. Even if Smokey can be cured, she will not be able to return to the coop for a while I'm guessing. So now I'm left with a segregated poorly chook, a single newbie who needs to join my old girls - I'm anxious that she'll not now integrate. What a shocker of an evening - why have the newbies turned on each other ?
  23. Thank you everyone - I can't post pics because I don't know how !!! Anyway they are now Smokey & Bandit !!
  24. I'm stuck for names - I really want some girly names but feeling a lack of inspiration . Yesterdays additions to the flock are a blue maran and a Devon Bronze (who is black & will lay a dark brown egg we hope). We have at the moment a Megg, Peggy & Doughball (don't ask !). Help otherwise I'm going to have to let the boys decide & they want Batman & Gandolf !!!!
  25. Just got back - vet said she was very thin & had probably been ill a while. Either egg peritonitis or oviduct tumor common in older layers who have stopped laying. Anyway we both agreed it would be kinder to put to sleep. Sad but relieved that she is not in pain

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