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    Need to cut back on cost of Layers Pellets

    I realise this is a very old thread, but in case anyone is researching the topic, Garvo now do a GM free layers pellet with herbs. Their other pellets do have GM ingredients.
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    Garvo and GM soya

    After doing some research on chicken feed in this forum, I decided to look at the highly recommended Garvo feed for my very mixed age flockette. I was surprised to discover that the Garvo standard pellets, mash etc. all contain GM modified ingredients. I realise that it's a matter of opinion, but I would prefer not to encourage GM farming and so was about to stick to Smallholders, which specifically states no GM. However, Garvo now do a pellet with herbs and they advertise no GM in it. Has anyone used it? It's only £1 a bag more than the standard Garvo, so I'm getting a bag to try. Would be interested in any reviews from users of this version of Garvo.
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    Dengie grass pellets

    Thank you.
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    Dengie grass pellets

    Thank you everybody. I think I got a bit worried because all the info says hens must have greens and I can't get my current girls to bother with dandelions or even cabbage, although hens I've had before ate them ok. We do throw grass cuttings in when we mow the lawn. Is there any problem with hens not eating greens? Should I look for a supplement or are pellets ok on their own?
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    Are Hazel Leaves Safe for Chickens to eat?

    Nearest I can say to answer this query is that we have a low branched hazel in our chicken run but they have never touched the leaves so presumably they don't like them much? No poisoning issues, though.
  6. Our six hens have a large run but no access to grass. I do give them greens but they don't always eat them. I saw two products in the local farm shop where I buy their feed; Dengie Grass Pellets and Dengie Meadow Grass with Herbs. Both are intended for horses but could they be fed to hens as a fresh grass substitute? The pellets are described as 100% naturally grown meadow grass in pellet form, can be fed dry or soaked. The Meadow Grass is 'chopped, lightly dressed with cold pressed rape seed oil, mixed with grass pellets and topped with a blend of liquorice root, fennel, mint, chamomile and aniseed'. Has anyone tried these or what do folk think?
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    Introducing newbies to oldies

    I've just been through the exact same process. I put each new girl into the Cube from their run after dark for three nights. There was a bit of a flurry as they joined the other two, even in the dark, but then all was ok til morning when I got up at dawn to let them out. Two nights ago I shut them all in the run at dusk. The two 'old girls' sleep in the coop and the little girls under it! I'm not worried, though, as they're safe and will use the coop when they're ready, I'm sure. They're all laying in the coop at least!
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    Pellets with flubvanet

    I would agree with the posts saying only use it for the recommended time. You can get 5, 10 and 20 kg bags from Farm and Pet Place so there's no need to buy more then you need. Their delivery charges are reasonable, too!
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    moving to a cube from a classic.

    So far, so good. Have dismantled the Classic and they were all in the Cube and its run from yesterday evening. Only one new girl was brave enough to sleep in the Cube, though. The others slept underneath! They all came out reasonably amicably when the run was opened. Haven't looked for eggs today yet.
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    moving to a cube from a classic.

    Thanks, everyone. I'll stick to the plan and see how it goes. As for bullying, love the idea of taking them for a walk - bit like with fractious babies! Actually, I don't think you need to worry unless blood is drawn or the little one isn't feeding, preening or laying when away from the bully. It does seem to be how hens do their society. Lots of room and cover for escape routes seems the best help.
  11. (I've tried searching for this topic but can't seem to find the right search terms to find anything!) We have four new hens that are being added to two older ones. The new girls have been sleeping and laying in their own Classic and run and the older girls are in a Cube 'next door'. So far, all has gone well and they are ranging together in the day without much fuss (the occasional clip round the ear for the new girls but no harm done) For the last two nights I've put the new girls into the cube after dark and they come out happily in the morning with the big hens. Now I need them to take themselves to bed and to learn to go up into the Cube to lay. None of the newbies have ever gone up the ladder by themselves, even though they go in and out of the run happily during the day. I plan to shut them all into the Cube run at night and leave them to it - but how can I ensure they learn to lay in the Cube when I take the Classic away? I don't want them laying all over the place because they can't twig the Cube! Any ideas, please?
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    Will she ever come down?

    Hooray! She suddenly decided, half way through yesterday, that perhaps no foxes were lurking and came down. The two are peacefully reunited as if nothing had happened. Thanks, both for your help.
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    Will she ever come down?

    I have two a feeders and drinkers - trouble is, she won't come down to use them! She seems frightened of the other hen, taking refuge up top as soon as she gets some aggression. I have a second Eglu and run do could keep her separate but together as if introducing for the first time. Would that work, do you think?
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    How many

    Personally, I think that's too many. It's not just the sleeping space but the classic Eglu run is not very big for five full size hens. You may well find bullying going on, i suspect. I'd stick to three myself.
  15. For four days since I lost four of my six hens over the last month (two to illness, two to fox attack) one of my remaining girls is now bottom of the pecking order, with the other girl being quite bossy to her. She has started to spend all day sitting on top of the Eglu. She hops up there almost as soon as she is let out in the morning and will only come down at bedtime or a rare time or two during the day. This has been going on for four days and means that she is hardly feeding or even drinking once she is out of the run in the morning. Will she give this up of her own accord, or should I start preventing her going up there by using netting or branches or something? She seems quite content, preening and surveying the world and, since she hasn't been laying for a while anyway, it hasn't affected her eggs but it seems unnatural. Advice needed.