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About Bluebell1985

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  1. What's the score on egg washing? Decades ago I had chickens and only ever brushed eggs clean if I thought they needed it. I was going on the idea of the egg having a protective coat that getting wet would compromise. Is this information now outdated? What is your process from nest box to kitchen for your eggs? All advice very much appreciated
  2. Does anyone have a Green Frog Lodge and also using a chicken guard auto door opener/closer? The door opens just fine but upon closing it remains open an inch which i find annoying. Any tips for closing that one inch would be very much appreciated.
  3. Thank you both for the advice. I'll take it all on board and stick to one supplier to mitigate the risks.
  4. Question. I'm looking to get 5 POL birds of different breeds. I've found 5 breeds that have my heart set on. Problem is they are from two different providers. Both fully vaccinate their birds. I'd be looking to get them at the youngest age possible for pullets which I believe is 16-20 weeks. What would be the ideal way to put all these birds together? I had chickens years ago (10) and I think I just stuck them in the coop together at night and there was never any issues. They were all from the same barn and off the same breed mind. If I got these birds on the same day and stuck them in the coop for the night would that cause issues? Any solutions or ideas are very welcome
  5. Thanks for your reply @The Dogmother No offence taken. I'm not a total novice. I had 10 chickens almost a decade ago which took part in my dissertation (the effects of classical music bla bla bla). My formal education is in animal behaviour and welfare and throughout my adult life I've worked and volunteered with animals both domestic and wild, nationally and internationally. As for the rafters. I was going to have them as an option for the hens to use if they chose to. My thought process was to add to the diversity and dimensions of the run. However, if chickens at height is a bad idea safety wise, then I'll not design the run in that way. The run I previously had for my 10 was not high enough to walk in which I immediately regretted. I'm a bit of a planner which is why I'm asking these questions now from the community that would know best. This project isn't going to actually be done until 2021 so hopefully the Covid-19 crisis will be a thing of the past by then.
  6. Good morning. ******Precursor****** I've been wanting chickens for quite a while and have been doing lots of planning. Ideally I'll have 4 but will have space for more. They will be pets and live in a large coop/run with access to free range if supervised. I don't mind about breeds but would opt for calm/friendly birds as I have two young daughters (3 and 7) who would love to get involved. ******Questions****** I'm looking at raising chicks as opposed to buying point of lay birds. My fear though is mortality rates. How hard/easy is raising chicks from 1 day old and what are mortality rates like? I think if we had losses both girls would be obviously upset. I've had pets and have worked with animals all my life so although I'm new to chickens I'm not a complete novice in animal welfare. Second question; how do I go about vaccinations? UK based and wouldn't want to break any laws/guidelines or put my birds at a disadvantage. Third question; From my research I'm struggling to find a seller of 1 day old chicks. Ideally I'd want 4 different breeds to give the girls some variety. Is it generally difficult to get mixed breeds all roughly the same age? If anyone knows any UK based suppliers please advise. (We are based in Sussex) Forth question; Is it ok to mix larger and smaller birds without issue and aggression? Fifth question; is there a highly reccomended idiot's guide to raising chicks? I've seen some posts here or there but many with broken links. Bonus question; I planned to build a walk in run with an apex roof with rafters. If I build a ramp so the birds can get up there is that a bad idea for the potential for birds falling? Many thanks and sorry for the wordy post.
  7. Thanks very much for your reply. Is weldmesh strong enough? I've had a look on the website and its on a roll. For some reason unbeknownst to me I had the impression that I needed the heavy duty stuff that's rigid and comes in panels. Am I wrong?
  8. I'm looking to build a run rather than buying a premade one. I've opted for a wooden structure rather than pre fabricated metal. Can anyone reccommend a supplier for quality (rigid) wire mess or a suitable alternative? This is relatively new to me so structural advice is very much appreciated Many thanks.
  9. thanks very much then i just got paranoid due to them being the underdeveloped ones, thought something must have been wrong /worry off
  10. Hello again Omleteers! Potential problems or being overly paranoid again I have 10 chooks which are around 23 weeks now. 8 of which have laying daily and have developed nice big red combs as can be seen in picture 3. The other 2 are worrying me a little though, their combs have not grown much in comparison to the others and the tips have begun to go a little pale, whats more concerning though is their head feathers are becoming specked with white and there are lots of little white bits on show. As the image is of bad quality i'll describe them as looking like small fish bones. You can just about see a few on picture 2. Apologies though the pics were taken on my phone so not the best quality. For some reason the first image has come out smaller also. Also for some reason i cant put an img or url tag on successfully http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/508/oneku.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/855/twogv.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/849/threeh.jpg/ Aside from the above they are all eating and drinking and seem to act 'normal'. Any advice is very much appreciated
  11. hello all, I've just had my first eggs from my rir x ls's and i'm a little concerned about the white specks covering the egg, is this something i should be concerned with? Below is a link to a photo i took this morning. http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/841/eggse.jpg/
  12. Dear Chicken keepers, I'm an animal behaviour and welfare student and am currently thinking of dissertation ideas. One idea i have is to present classical music to one group of chickens to determine if it has a positive effect on their behaviour and/or egg production/quality. This theory is based on the unproven theory that classical music (the mozart effect) has a stress reducing influence on humans and animals. If this was to go ahead i would of course provide a high quality of welfare so please dont worry about that. My question to you is: Have any of you played music as a form of enrichment to your chicks and if so what effects did it have?

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