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  1. Well done to you ! Have you got your new girls yet ? Please tell us how they are getting on . Jackie x
  2. They are just lovely and Columbine black tails. Lovely deep conker colours. April is slightly lighter. It is the second day over with and hardly any screaming from the old girls and Ruby and April gave been as good as gold. .. It's been a good day .i hope I have not spoken too soon Jackie
  3. Today my friend and I went to a farm near Windsor and I came home with these two lovely girls . They are at the moment and for a week or two separate from the others and it is looking good even though Bonny and Blossom two of my old girls have been a bit vocal. It has quietened down at the moment ,they probably have sore throats. They are about 17 weeks old and are doing fine. Ruby and April. Jackie x
  4. Hi flowerpot, I mix some of their pellets with warm water . It goes like a porridge . They love it . Jackie x
  5. Gavlojak I am tempted to get ex commercial but not sure where to get them in my area. After taking on my friends Chalkhill blue who had been bullied and featherless and seeing her become fully feathered it was very rewarding .she is now a stunning girl ( if she would start laying again) As from my posts above I am supposed to be getting two new girls Monday but could be tempted.
  6. I have my 4 lovely girls and my oldest the lovely Clover is about 5 and still laying , bluebell the youngest who we have had a year is the other that is laying. The other two in the middle at the moment are free loaders. I have been thinking about it for a while but kept changing my mind as my heart was ruling my head. The reason I was dithering was because the 4 get on so well ( most of the time ) and I did not want to upset the apple cart but realise that there is never a right time . Well finally my heart has won I want to get them while the days are short as I find the introductions seem to go easier ( famous last words) I am going with my friend on Monday to a farm a few miles away to hopefully get two new girls. I am hoping to get another Bluebell and another ginger girl as I love both their characters , but of course things could change. 6 will be the most I have ever had so it's a bit of a challenge and as there are only two of us living in the house I will be over run hopefully with I have not told the old girls yet , exciting times ahead once again . Jackie x
  7. Me too .It is easy and if my girls are sleeping where they are happiest then so be it .. Jackie x
  8. I have a recycled plastic coup and have had it for 2 years with no problems at all. Never heard of any toxic problems and changed from wood after an infestation of red mite . Jackie
  9. I have 4 girls and only the youngest little bluebell is laying 5 a week .. The others are free loaders .they do deserve a rest though.
  10. That is great news ..well done Maggie ! You are now well and truly hooked. Just in case food and water can't be shared 2 bowls can be useful. My 4 often won't share . Love the name Helga. We love photos . Jackie x
  11. I have a small plastic dog kennel which I use for new girls. It cost me about £30 . It slots together and comes apart easily for cleaning . One of my girls lays her eggs in there now. I have a couple of old towels on top at the moment with plastic over . I wanted to remove it ready for the next newbies but bluebell made such a fuss. Jackie x
  12. Thank you both for your replies, I have wiped it all out twice yesterday and last night I put a duvet over the top . It does not seem quite so bad but I will keep on as suggested by you both . I will put plastic over the top today. This is the first problem I have had with it in two years .The reason I got it was my wooden one had red mite .. damp V red mite . I would rather have the damp I think although I know it can be harmful. Jackie x
  13. I have had my Solway coup now for 2 years with never a problem but cleaning out the coup this morning realised on the inside of the roof was a fair bit of condensation . There is of course ventilation so what can I do to help avoid this? Any suggestions on bedding that would help instead of wood chippongs? It does not seem to be on the inside of the nest boxes is this why they are all snuggled up in there at night? One of my girls likes sleeping in the little plastic dog kennel and there is none in there . Jackie x
  14. After 4 years of chicken keeping we had rats last year . It scared me to death as I thought the neighbours would think it was the chickens. We got our local rat man out from the council and he was great , put bait boxes down out of the chickens way and traced where the rats were coming from . It turned out that they had a nest under a neighbours decking . PHEW . He said that it was not the chickens that attracted them but if food is left out then of course they would come. He also mentioned bird food left out in people's gardens which he said was also an attraction. You mentioned that you back on to a field. We have a wood at the bottom of our garden so rats must be every where . I am lucky my OH loves the chickens so there would be no arguments in our house about them . Sadly if your OH is not keen then he will use the rats as an excuse. Just keep the rat poison up and make sure that they are not coming from a neighbours garden . Don't blame yourself . Jackie x
  15. Hi again,, I think you have to have 5 posts., but I am sure that some one will say if I am wrong . ..we love pictures Greens are great ,you can hang a cabbage up for instance and they will peck away for ages once they have decided that it's not alien ,or just picked off left over leaves spinach , chard and beetroot leaves mine love . Mine don't like white cabbage ( fussy) I don't give mine lettuce as it tends to give them runny poo Late afternoon Mine have corn which I throw down and they love sunflower hearts which are cheap and you can get from £ shops and are cheaper than meal worms which they also love. I hope this helps . Jackie x
  16. Welcome to the wonderful world of chicken keeping .. With the coffee you need a camera at the ready . We love pictures. Jackie x
  17. Great photos! You are not boring me . My girls love the leaves.I rake up loads and put them in their run .There also have loads of lovely bugs for them to find. Three of my four are moulting at the moment with bare bums so I'm sure they can't wait for new feather knickers as I think they are feeling a bit chilly. Your girls are just lovely and looking good. Jackie x
  18. That is wonderful! I have two old girls moulting at the moment and they look like feather dusters past their sell by date , not their usual beautiful selves. I got two new girls in January this year and one of them is a bluebell. She is just beautiful but very nervy , even after all this time I am a monster to get and goes and hides when she sees me. Her eggs were quite small at first but have got bigger. Especcially the yolks. She started laying on March 15 th and has laid every single day since then except one. I just love her to bits and would certainly get another. I think it's wonderful for children (and adults) to have chickens . I find them really therapeutic . My two old girls are getting on a bit now so we are getting two new girls in January / February and I am hoping to get another bluebell. Jackie x
  19. Oh! They are just lovely . A new start to a lovely life . Jackie x
  20. I think you will find that is a double yolker This sometimes happens at first when they are practising .make the most of them they are wonderful. Jackie x
  21. I think it is Speckldeys.. I had a lovely girl Shadow at the end of January at 20 weeks old by March 16th she laid her first egg and April 12th went broody ..This lasted for 7 weeks till the end june . It caused a lot of upset with the other girls although I found it more of a nuisance than a problem.I had a bit of the run separated and every morning would take her out of the coup growling and snarling at put her on her own .if she could get in the nest box she would and that is where she would stay. By July 10 she was broody again and this lasted 3 weeks.She had laid 4 eggs . August came and she was broody again .I phoned the farm we brought her from and he offered to take her back to use for hatching eggs.My friend and I took her back still broody and we all had a result ..The farmer as he could use her to hatch eggs ,me because with only a small little flock it was not working out ,the other girls as they had their nest box back and her because she could become a mum .
  22. I have a WIR and use wood chip or similar and rake over most days and change every few months.. Like Glavclojak I sanitiser once a week and poo pick every day. Jackie x
  23. I have a small plastic dog kennel which I brought on line for £30. came flat packed and slotted together in seconds. We brought this as it can pull apart and be cleaned. My OH added our own little door made of plastic., It was then kept inside the run .The only problem is it is not at the moment used for newbies but they all use it as their fave nest box.If I get new Newbies I will need another dog kennel. My friend also borrowed it when she was trying to get rid of red mite in her wooden coup.As she has bantams it was perfect. Jackie x
  24. I would say not to late but I am no expert. I have had them in January and that worked fine. The good thing about that is if they are to join other girls then the days will be shorter and they wont be up early to stress the neighbours with the shouting . What are you doing here in my space ?
  25. I think yes..They are missing her. I have noticed this or similar when I have lost a girl.I think it takes a couple of days for them to settle. Princess might have been bottom but she was there and I think the pecking order will be confused as you now have a new bottom chick. "Ooops, word censored!"ody will want to be bottom chick . I might be wrong of course as I am sure they are more like humans than we give them credit for ..Mine talk to me and pass on gossip all the time . Jackie x

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