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  1. Yes I used my kitchen scales to do this. Get your bucket. Your scales hopefully will allow 500g in one weighing... just measure out 4 lots of 500g's or 8 lots of 250g's dependent on what your scales go up to.
  2. I recently introduced two new 20 week old hens to my existing two. We only wanted 1 chicken but the breeder said it was better to have two as they would be less likely to get picked on. At the time I had the cube run with a 1 metre extension. I purchased a cube run end panel and split the run in half using this. Had a temporary nesting area in the non cube end so they could see each other every day. We had it like this for about a week then started to let them loose in the garden for the final hour of the day to get used to each other in a neutral territory. After the 2nd week we bit the bullet and put them in the full run (had purchased the WIR by this point) making sure we had 3 seperate feeders and drinkers in there spread around. They were absolutely fine from day one... now all huddled up snuggly together in the cube.. you wouldnt know they were two seperate pairs
  3. Stephen I have the 60g tub. You mix 2kg of pellets to one scoop of the powder, using the scoop supplied. Mixing it is the important thing. I weigh out the full 2kg into a bucket... then get smaller containers... take a mug full of pellets and mix with the powder, then pour that mug of pellets into a bigger tub with more pellets and slowly mix it up to the full 2kg... it takes about 5 mins to do, you just have to swap into bigger containers as you go. That 2kg fed my 2 chickens for 7 days with a little bit left over, and making sure they were given no other food but the pellets... these are full size chickens.. so I would guess 8 banties will eat between 6 and 8kg in a 7 day period. I would mix 2kg at a time as you go so you dont waste too much. It needs to be fed for 7 days.
  4. OK so I tried the pumpkin and seeds but they didnt like that, tried cooked cabbage, they didnt like that... they aint half fussy! Tried to buy alfalfa extract from cotswold chickens but they didnt have it, searched high and low on t'internet... only one other place who sell it and they dont have a contact number just an email address, of which they havent responded to my mails. Does anyone know where I can buy alfalfa extract?
  5. Or you could just upgrade to a cube?... sorry my addiction is spilling out onto the page again... I started off with a classic, then 3 weeks later a cube with a 2 metre run, then a 3 metre run and now a walk in run! ... the smallholding is next on the list!
  6. clucker thats good to know... hot rubber not good for chicken feet
  7. I love these chickens, having seen a previous post of your favourite chicken and seeing the pics. I dont think I could have a couple though as I have hybrids. You cant mix them can you?
  8. Hmm I had just two chickens in my run until about 2 weeks ago and reasonable weather so perhaps I am about to experience this now I have doubled up to 4 chickens and the weather is changing.... I will have to wait and see I guess. I did see advertised in a chicken magazine a company that sell rubber chips... their advert talks about how you can wash the rubber chips so its great when the run gets dirty... other than that I guess slabs would be an option... I know some people put their runs on slabs then use chips or rubber chips. When we move I might look at these rubber chips (black ones) as they look great in terms of cleaning the hen poo off and reusing. I have just dug out my run and filled two recycle bins with wood chips and had to buy 8 bags at £7 each to replace so it might work out cheaper and from a bacteria perspective better
  9. I'll be honest I havent had a problem and my woodchip is straight on my lawn that was. I do however have covers over my run so the rain doesnt get on it
  10. Hi Lisa I currently have both bark and wood chippings in my run. They advise using wood chippings just because they dont hold as much moisture so are dryer in wet weather. I have just cleaned my run out and put just bark in. I have noticed its alot wetter so went to B&Q and bought a few bags of wood chippings and put these on top. It has got a bit dryer. Smells nicer than bark too. Hope its not a nationwide withdrawal of bark chippings from B&Q! I dont think there are any issues using bark in your run
  11. wow lots of ideas now... they are gonna be the best fed run enclosed Chickens
  12. Lots more ideas thanks for that... will try some of them and see how I get on... shall try the alfalfa extract too thanks for that
  13. thanks for that... mine wont eat it raw... they are fussy !
  14. So Frankie is actually being very financially astute... no previous winner has ever been in the bottom two, so its highly likely if you ever appear in the bottom two you are going to be out at some point before the quarter finals. He has realised this and knows that the only way he is going to make his post 12 months money bucket is to go down the controversy route not the singing route. He will be ousted out in the next couple of weeks then there will be roughly 12 months of controversial antics in the newspaper thats indicative of minor celebs... eg falling out of nightclubs with somebody elses girlfriend, drunken antics, maybe some drugs, a stint in rehab etc all making him buckets of money. Sadly the major talent in this competition doesnt have alot of attention.. she is quietly flying under the radar due to the antics of the judges and the noiser contentants... take away the hype, take away the judges, take away the floor shows... and you have Sophie, who clearly has the most talent in the whole show. One other observation.... hasnt there been a massive improvements in the backing dancers and staging since Brian Freidman left to do American X factor
  15. I am not so concerned now.... because the other 3 make the same noise it was just strange to hear her making such a strange noise. I swear she thinks shes a duck!

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