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  1. hi after finally finding a vet in our locality who was happy to see a chicken(!) they said it could be gout(??) anyway had it lanced a very pretty blue bandage (with puppies on it), anti-biotics and £25 less in my pocket - all seems to be much better connie happily set to work at removing said bandage immediately (didnt like the puppies i guess!) - seems to be better but gotta keep an eye on it.
  2. hi everyone connie seems to have developed a foot problem - she still walks ok - but its getting worse - can anyone give any help our vets dont really cover chickens - so if there is anything i can do i will!! thanks
  3. obviously not easy then - one is bigger than the other 4. we dont know the mums just who the dad is! we think there are 2 frizzles as the wings feathers already seemed curled - the others are flat. going to be some surprises!!!!!
  4. hi - we have just had our first hatching - 5 little darlings - all doing really well with mum although we know who the father is(!) - not too sure who the mums are as we have 7 hens!!! (we do think one might be a penguin thou?!?!?! ) question is how soon before we can tell if they are going to be boys or girls and what are the tell tale signs to look out for? hopefully they will all be girls or at worst one boy any help would be appreciated thanks!
  5. hi everyone we have just had our first ever hatching - 5 little pleasures!! - pics will follow at some point is it ok to add acv in their water? - is there anything else we can do to help them - they are eating chick crumbs and with mum thanks
  6. morehens struck . . . three more since last post ! ! ! ! ! welcome doris, betty and freda =1470 !
  7. hi we have a large enclosed run for our birds - about 5x4 meters. whilst we are around they are out free-ranging, but we are in the countryside so they have to be inside the run when we arent able to keep an eye out. because of the recent poor weather the run is now pretty much mud. my question is what would be the bset covering for this - some people have said horse bedding some say gravel and some wood chip / bark? i wondered if anyone can help with what is best etc thanks in anticipation!!
  8. frizzles - just got 2 and are brilliant!!!!!! (the white ones are especially lovely)
  9. as always check out ebay - but dont forget ads in your local paper - ours have dogs cages / carriers almost every week usually you can negotiate the price too and as local can usually pick up!. we got an extra large cage for a mere snip which is handy to put in our run (which is large!) when introducing new hens also hopefully will be good when we have some chicks in the spring!
  10. meal worms and a sprout stalk! - but also got the left over veg from our meal so were well impressed!! they were well happy and they gave me three eggs on christmas day rather than out usual two so that i guess was our pressie from them!!
  11. our 2 hybrids are still laying one egg each a day, our light sussex is laying one every 3rd day, the other large one hasnt laid since she started her moult about 6 weeks ago. our 2 frizzles arent pol yet but i dont recon they will lay till the warmer weather starts.
  12. our 'pristine' white frizzle had a bath in a muddy puddle ytday and now she looks like a black one!!
  13. her name is connie she was given to us when we started out with chooks - its such a fuuny pic - people say she is ugly but we think she is comical!! -she was having a small moult in this pic and has lost some feathers on her neck - but she is pristine now and has a tuff on top too (will post another at weekend). no-body can tell us what she is at all !! full pic below - makes me smile!!!
  14. update - its been just over 2 weeks since the frizzles (and ginger!) joined us, sorry but the ginger one freda is so active and small just doesnt stand still long enough for a pic but will try at the weekend when i have more time. the white frizzle doris is beginning to fit in well - still a few issues at feeding times but thats improving day on day. the black one betty is taking a bit more time, she has a small bald patch on her back from taking a bit of a pecking, so we have some anti pecking stuff to go on her - hope that helps. interestingly my friend also got a white, a buff and a black one from the same place at the same time, and the buff and white are settling but the black one is being harassed too! - something about the black ones???? anyway they seem to be happy and eating and drinking and healthy enough - another week and calm will be restored i think - they are so cute and funny to watch - but then they all are with their little personalities! as i promised my hubby we wouldnt have more than 4 and we now have 8 - i promise no more
  15. we got 3 in march and definately only going to have 4 max, we now have 8 - its gets kind of addictive, you go to get one more and come back with two, then last week went to get 2 and came back with 3 more - they are so much fun - enjoy!!!!
  16. the white one has settled better than the black one, but they are both very shy and huddle in the hen house most of the time, i make sure they have quality time out in the run alone by letting the others free range. they are quite young so it might take a little while - but they are lovely!!
  17. finally i have a pic to show everyone - will get some more but they are so small and sooooo quick - they just dont seem to stand still. they are taking a little bit of time to settle with the others but every day is an improvement so we are hopeful for a very happy hen house soon. interestingly they refuse to perch!!!! so here we are doris (white) and (black) betty!
  18. they have arrived!!! we picked up doris (white) and betty (black) today - oh and there was a ginger all sorts (freda) needing a home too and - well you know what it's like - she sort of came along too! so we ended up with 3 - my husband was expecting me to come home with one - but he was happy - we have a 8x6' converted shed so theres plenty of room. they have a 20x10' enclosed run and get to free range in 1/3 acre garden for at least half a day so all good, plenty of room! they settled in with mabel (white sussex), connie (all-sorts) and gladys and aggie (goldlines) straight away, major the cockeral was very interested in his new 'majorettes' but was also very good, they have all toddled off to bed happy, although the new girls didnt want to roost and stayed together on the floor. i will leave it a day or too before i start to put them on the perch - i dont know what they are used too. i am away tomorrow and leaving hubby in charge - so will post pic prop on monday!!! so exciting!!!!
  19. update ... . . . we didnt get the frizzles as planned as the lady we were due to get them from was very ill, however she has phoned to say that she is back home after a stint in hospital and the chooks are ready to be collected so hopefully will be able to finally post pics very soon!!!!!
  20. no he just follows them round, watching very carefully!! but helps round them up when need be - mind you he hasnt had a peck on the nose yet - so things might change!!! our other labrador isnt bothered at all either and as long as they dont go near her bone she wont make an effort!!!!
  21. the 'ginger' ones are aggie and gladys which are goldlines and still laying everyday the black and white, mabel is a light sussex the all white is connie and no-one has a clue what she is the cockeral is major who is a blue laced red wyandotte the dog is harvey our big black labrador who follows them round constantly!
  22. our chickens had their first day out today of the run today !! they had a great time and harvey helped round them up at the end of the day!
  23. its buffs i really wanted and yes she has some buffs but wants to keep all but 2 and my friend is having those as she is hoping to breed them on with the cockeral - i will get some pics of those too and hopefully one will find its way over to me eventually or a baby one! we are having a white and there was a grey who was very pretty so i think providing it doesnt take all day to catch they will be coming home - so excited i hope they get on with our others!!
  24. yes i am getting excited too! - we are picking them up on sunday afternoon - should be fun the lady has about 40 of them free ranging in a half acre garden so will be interesting catching them i think (and the lady is about 70!!) so i am taking a friend who is also having some and a beautiful cockeral (and he really is a beauty - but we already have one so couldnt have him) - really cant wait
  25. ours wouldn't eat them as they came from a farm who feed only corn. we were told to mix them with yoghurt (fat free value from tesco 28p for 4 largish pots) - not too much enough to made a covering, they loved the yoghurt so had to eat the pellets too. gradually we put in less and less yoghurt till it was just the pellets. we use this trick for worming too as they wont eat verm-x pellets. either yoghurt, mash potato or porridge with the wormer mixed it and down it all goes - bingo!

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