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  1. Thank you, I do feel sad every time I look out at the empty run. They were lovely ladies! Can't believe they've both gone this year.
  2. Just to update, she had 4 months on her own and seemed happy, pottering around the garden and sitting in plant pots but in the last few days became very unwell, which the vet thinks might have been a tumour in her stomach, so we said goodbye to Rosie Hen last night and she's off to the big chicken coop in the sky to join her pal Snowflake.
  3. Just to update - it's been 3 weeks and she is fine! Eating, drinking, preening, dustbathing and no pacing around or vocalising. Maybe it's cos me and the dogs are out in the garden a lot so she has company. I'm not going to rush to add more hens at the moment.
  4. thanks Beantree - yes I am keeping a close eye on her but need to decide whether to get another two or find her a new home, and if I get another two how to manage the introductions as I don't have two coops but I could split the run in some way.
  5. thank you - I will do and I will make a decision on what to do for her soon, just feeling a bit sad tonight
  6. Sadly this evening I have had to say goodbye to my original hen Snowflake who was 5 1/2 years old. After a bout of illness a month ago I treated her and then she enjoyed her final month at our new home and garden but started to go downhill again yesterday. So I am now left with a lone hen who is 2 years old and wanted to know how long I can leave her before deciding what to do about companions.
  7. Thank you everyone! She has had a check up tonight and is doing really well, clear crop and the abdomen end less swollen.
  8. Thank you for your advice, its about 10ml of liquid to get into her so thats why I think the vet advised the feeding tube. I will look on youtube for the syringe method as I could do that on my own. Really appreciate you getting back to me. She's definitely brighter today and eating again.
  9. Anyone in the Whitchurch, Bristol area who can assist me with getting medicines into Chicken Snowflake tomorrow? Or if you know any chicken keepers who might be willing to help me. Its a 2 person job, one to hold her as I have to get a metal tube into her stomach to get the meds straight in. She is being treated for sour crop and peritonitis, and I am buying her extra time with the latter I think but it's important to me that she is not in pain and comfortable until next weeks vet appointment.
  10. Have just left my girl at the vets with what sounds the same. I only noticed yesterday that she wasn't eating and the bulge was definitely more noticeable today. I am hoping she pulls through but she is 5 and a half. I love her though as she was one of my originals and is a bit "evil". I only have one other hen (Rosie) who seems to be a bit lonely already.
  11. YES! I am training my rescue dog on a lead and he was driving me mad the other day pulling, when he had been so good recently. Then I realised that the wind was blowing down the road straight at us, with all those lovely smells of things he could hunt! I changed direction and he was back under control!!!
  12. Snowflake is still broody but now moulting so I hope she's coming out of it. 2 months with no eggs from her!
  13. I have just bought the low-rise one and attached it to an extended eglu run. Took me about 2.5 hours to do this on my own so pretty easy. I wasn't bothered about getting the extra height from the 2m high one as I can fit through the door. I really like it and it gives my girls 8 square metres when I am at work. It also keeps them separate from our dogs so we can all be in the garden safely together with no chasing! I don't know how to post pictures but I have put some logs and perches into it, there is also a mini-palm tree which was growing in the space I wanted to put the run in. Also hanging CDs and mobiles for interest.
  14. thats sensible, at least they are together then. My snowflake is out and about today in the garden (still flapping and squawking) so hopefully is coming out of her broody phase. She was sat on 3 eggs so I have now removed those and keeping the eglu pop-hole open to cool the coop down.
  15. Snowflake gets broody every year at this time for about 3 weeks. I just make sure she comes out each day to eat and drink and put lice powder in the sawdust that she sits on and a little bowl of water each day. I remove the eggs that the other hen is laying too. Her comb goes pale and floppy and she loses a bit of weight but she always comes out of it. I haven't used a broody cage (cat box) mainly because then the other one would be sleeping on her own and I would be worried about a fox getting in to the run at night.
  16. If anyone knows of someone who bought 3 hens from a farm in Bitton near Bristol on Thursday 5th June 2014 I am appealing for information. One of my goldline hens who was boarding at the farm was swapped for one they bought. She is a 3 year old hen and no longer lays eggs (as she previously had an abscess and stopped laying). This is a photo of her: I am appealing again as the 2 point of lay hens they bought will be starting to lay eggs now but mine won't be. They may be wondering why and talking to people about this. We know that she is still in the area so that would be BRISTOL - BATH - SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE - SOMERSET - GLOUCESTERSHIRE - WILTSHIRE. I just want my pet back, she can be returned to the farm or direct message me here and we can arrange to meet with no questions asked. Thank you for reading this. Her coop mate (Snowflake) is missing her alot.
  17. This is brilliant - I may borrow some ideas for when I extend my ladies run
  18. I was concerned about the height and stability of the walk in run, plus trying to put it together on my own. Have been busy saving up for one so delighted that they have now brought out a 1.16m height one. That is perfect for me as I don't want to stand in it with them as they come out into the garden anyway.
  19. Think it looks really lovely in your garden! I am about to order the new walk in run (low height) and join it to an eglu and extended run. My girls will then have 8 square metres between 2 of them. Thinking about plants and pots to make it blend in to the garden. Also thinking about some perches in the walk in run for them to play on. Of course they will still get to stroll around the garden too.
  20. I wormed mine over the last week as well and the new hen laid her first egg today, it is very small but has a shell. Didn't know she was about to come into lay as was not sure of her age when we acquired her. Don't worry too much, have had some soft shelled ones along the way and then they go back to normal.
  21. I have spent time sitting with our new hen and letting her walk near me, then moved on to reaching out and stroking her and feeding her treats. For the first time tonight she let me pick her up. I have had her for a month so it has been slow progress. Doesn't help that she sees the other one run away too. Next challenge is to stop her running from the dogs as the previous hen wandered round garden quite happily with them. I show the new one when I have picked up Snowflake and I always pop her back down next to her so that she can see I have not hurt her.
  22. My 2 have always been quiet, so neighbours on one side got 3 hens who are noisy and my Snowflake now "talks" to them. Neighbours joined to us now think it is mine who are noisy but they have a visiting grandchild so I guess we are quits!
  23. I have 2 medium size hens in a Omlet Classic with run extended to 3 metres plus they have a fenced off area to roam around when we are in the house. It possibly would take one more hen but I'd want to let them out more frequently. When I do get another couple of hens I will be buying an Omlet walk in run and attach to the eglu 3 metre run.
  24. Please help find my hen – missing since Thursday 5th June, 2pm, whilst boarding with a farm in Bitton near Bristol If you are aware of anyone who brought 3 hens home from a farm in Bitton, near Bristol on the afternoon of Thursday 5th June I am appealing for your help. My Goldline hen (brown with white tail feathers) was boarding there and was swapped for a young point of lay hen (brown with black tail feathers). You can a photo of her here: This may have been a genuine mistake as the people had bought 3 point of lay hens but CCTV shows a swap was made upon leaving the farm. They may also be new to keeping hens as were not aware that an old one will bully a new one if just thrown in together. My hen is 3 years old, very tame but an infrequent layer of eggs. It is important that I get her back, not only because she is my pet, but she previously had an abscess and needs checking after she has laid an egg. The people who currently have her will not know to do this. She may have been taken to a new home fairly near Bristol so we are looking at the BRISTOL – BATH – SOMERSET – WILTSHIRE – GLOUCESTERSHIRE areas. Please contact me with a direct message via this forum if you have any information. Thank you for reading this and for your help.
  25. I quite like it, especially if there will be an opportunity to extend the run? I currently have 2 hens in a and was going to save up for a but this might be an affordable way of giving old and new hens their own space.

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