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CrazyDaizy

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  1. Hello, not sure how much experience of working farms anyone has got on here, but I am concerned about the welfare of young cows on the working farm in Wales where my daughter keeps her horse/sheep. Since my daughter started keeping her horse/sheep there, a number of young cows (I'm guessing about 20/25 of them) have been kept in a barn for the past 4/5 months. They can look out and see people/animals go past their gates. They are regularly fed (hay/silage) but they have not seen a green field in all this time, and their barn is awash with their droppings/wee so that it's smelly and disgusting (apparently it is hosed out every now and then) They lie down on hard concrete and in all the muck. My daughter does not seem worried, and I don't want to ask the Farmer who owns the farm as I don't want to cause any bad feeling etc for my daughter. Is this normal to keep young cows like this over winter? (It's Spring now though) Should I be overly concerned about this do you think? My daughter has pregnant ewes that remain in the barn, and also some lambs in another section of the barn, but she looks after these and they are regularly cleaned out, even though these don't see green fields (daughter says once the ewes have their lambs, and the other lambs are older, she will let them into the field) She has a horse that is in the field every day so not concerned there.
  2. I'm very sad to hear about Debs. I only found out about this yesterday (3 Jan) as Dan phoned and told me. I "met" Debs and Dan on this website and they often looked after our chickens for us (in their own garden) when we went on holiday. Then when we were down to our last chicken, the couple took her in and looked after her, as we wanted to call it a day on having chickens (hence why I've not been on this site for so long) After that, we would sometimes buy eggs from Debs and Dan. I want to pass my condolences onto Dan and their children. She will be sadly missed.
  3. Thank you for your replies. Oh yes Jeshen, I know ALL about taking time over chicken intros In some cases, it's been known to take two weeks, yet in one case, I introduced one chicken to another, and they got on straight away! I must be getting confused, we are looking for the small chickens with feathery feet and I thought they were bantams. So I need to look for Pekin hens, but you say they can be quite aggressive? Hmmm, maybe it might be wise to go with our earlier decision of phasing chickens out altogether and reclaiming our life and garden back
  4. Hia Folks Our Bluebell chicken died this week and now we just have an 18 months old Black Rock chicken. We have been keeping chickens for about 8 years now. We are undecided what to do next as our kids are both away from home at Uni and hubby & I would like a bit more freedom to come and go as we please without worrying about who's going to look after the chickens (we do have a lovely and reliable chicken sitter so it really isn't a problem) The dilemma is..... we did want to have a couple of bantams before we retired from chickens completely. They look so cute with their feathery feet. So, it looks like we might be locking ourselves in for another 3/4 years of chicken keeping. Would our Black Rock Chicken get on ok with a couple of bantams? She's only a small bird herself.
  5. For the past 7 years of having chickens in our garden, we've managed to keep our lawn looking good, despite them "freeranging" (inside their run is a different matter, no grass there anymore) Suddenly the chickens (we only have 2) have decided it's fun to dig up the grass now it's wet and easy to scuff. Short of keeping them in their run for longer periods of time to save our lawn, what else can we do to prevent them scuffing up the grass? We're happy for them to dig around in the dirt, but not our lawn.
  6. I've ordered some off Amazon which is what I think I did last time Thank you
  7. Thank you, I guess I can order them off here? Going to have a look....
  8. Not been on here for a while, but last time I was everyone was highly recommending Flubenvet for worming chickens. I haven't done mine for a while so I think I better worm them!! Last time I used Flubenvet (and what a faff it is!! ) as everyone on here recommended it over all of the others. Is this still true, or can I purchase something that will work just as good off the Omlet website?
  9. Thanks for all of your replies. We usually only have 2 chickens, so when we introduced Bluebell to our late bird a couple of years ago, they got on straight away. So I automatically expected Bluebell to accept any new friends that appeared. I have had Chickens take a couple of weeks before they're happy with each other, so I know what it's like. I don't think keeping them separate would've helped. They have always been free in the garden and only put away at night. This is even when I've been at work all day, whereas with earlier chickens I'd have put them in their run. Knowing Ivy (our new chook) is still nervous of Bluebell, I've not done this. Maybe where I've gone wrong is not letting Ivy (new chook) into the Eglu first at night, then when it's got dark open it for Bluebell to go in. That the only thing I've done different this time. Instead Bluebell goes in and Ivy nervously waits til it's got dark. You live and learn! No two chooks are the same.
  10. After the death of our old Chicken Amber (aged 5) we were just left with Bluebell (aged about 2) so we went out and bought a new young Chicken who is only around 15-16 weeks (she's not started laying eggs yet) This was two weeks ago. The new Chicken is still quite cautious of our older bird, and the older bird tolerates the little one for most of the time now. Until it's bed time, then there still seems a lot of squawking coming from the Eglu. In fact the older bird goes in first, and the young one waits until it's dark before she goes in. It just seems to be taking a longer time than usual for them to be ok with each other. Am I doing something wrong?
  11. Each lot of chickens is different. A few years ago we introduced 2 new girls to our existing chicken (another chicken had died) and it was about 2 weeks before I felt fully confident leaving them alone all together. I "broke" them in gently together every day, but most of the time during the day if they were put away, they went into separate runs (luckily I have a spare rabbit run as well as the chicken run) However a year ago, again having only one bird, I went and purchased another chicken. Both my existing chook and the new one just wanted to be together from the start. One was trying to break INTO the run, the other trying to break out! Strangely, it seems that whatever you do with them during the day, they can be all put together in the darkness of their hen house at night and they seem to be fine! Probably because they can't see each other
  12. I'd still go for a green Not keen on all those other garish colours, they hardly blend in with the landscape do they Maybe have a slightly longer run for those times when our two chooks have to spend longer in there.
  13. Our Lop Earred Bunny is aged 7 this year. Is this quite old for a Bunny? We usually give him a "luxury" Rabbit food, but lately he just nibbles a layer off the top and isn't interested in any more. He'll happily munch other things, sweetcorn, carrots etc with no problem, and will go in the garden and eat the grass etc. Maybe we need to try him with another Rabbit Food? What do you suggest?
  14. Interesting how you mention this, we did alter the angle of the ramp, though we made it slightly steeper. This was because he'd started using the bottom of the ramp area as his toilet and it was rotting the wood so we cut it shorter. However, he did still use the ramp, until I realise it was a bit wobbly, so I reckon it's the wobbliness that has put him off more than anything. Maybe if I lifted him up there from the outside of the hutch and coaxed him back down again, or put some food to coax him up, it might make him realise it's safe....
  15. My Lop Earred Rabbit, aged 6, is no longer going up his wooden hill to his top "floor" of his hutch. In this very cold spell, I feel he would benefit from going up there as it's all full of straw in his "bedroom!" Instead he seems to spend all his time "downstairs" (the hutch is on legs) I think it could be that the wooden hill became detached and unstable. I have fixed it in position again now. Do you think it's because of this that he won't go up there, or maybe because he's getting old now? I cover the hutch in lots of heavy blankets when it's freezing cold. He also has a pet "hot water bottle." He's a tough bunny and used to the cold anyway. Should I lift him up to his "top floor?"
  16. Hia, I have a lop eared bunny and he's the size of a small cat (though with short legs obviously) He's about 5 years old so getting on in years. He free ranges in the garden every day. Every now and then (about once a year) my daughter sticks him in the bath and gives him a good clean. My daughter is at Uni now, and I don't feel I can wait until she's home at Xmas to bath him. The fur around his bottom is starting to get matted and clogged with poop. I am WAY too squeamish to deal with this, least of all put him in the bath. Does anyone know of anywhere I can take him to be cleaned? I'm a bit of a useless bunny owner really aren't I
  17. I am always undecided on this. I work 5 hours, 3 times a week. I always put my 2 chickens and rabbit away so I know they are safe while I am gone. If I pop to town/elsewhere for a couple of hours, I might leave them out to free range in the garden. With our house being relative new, and surrounded completely by other gardens and houses, we have not had Mr Fox find us yet. But he has been spotted in the vicinity. I think he's only got to smell chicken/rabbit and there'll be no stopping him We do have cats in the garden, but our pets (and the cats) tend to take no notice of each other. Even if my two teens are home and I go to work, I tend to put my chooks and rabbit away. With the longer days coming up, I can let them out again when I get home (usually around 4-5pm) Often we are in the house anyway, and not keeping a constant eye on the garden. Who leaves their pets to free range while they are at work?
  18. That's Bluebell. Our errr.... Bluebell chicken (not very original with the name are we )
  19. I drilled holes around the edges of the corrugated sheeting and attached to the run bars with string. I expect the string might wear, or get pecked at, but I can replaced it whenever. VERY pleased with it Now my chookies won't feel like it's permanently night.
  20. I just purchased my corrugated clear plastic sheets from Homebase and fitted them this morning. I've just used two sheets joined in the middle at the top. They don't cover the whole of the run, which is fine by me (I can always buy more) only £9.49 per sheet. You can buy longer sheets if you require. http://www.homebase.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=110&storeId=10151&partNumber=058308
  21. I bought some corrugated clear plastic sheeting from Homebase. I used two sheets of it here and they were £9.49 each http://www.homebase.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=110&storeId=10151&partNumber=058308 That's my DIY for the weekend. Very proud of myself It doesn't cover the whole length of the run and I've covered the rest in Omlet's green covering. I shall of course remove the plastic sheeting in the Spring/Summer else it will act like a Greenhouse.

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