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  1. Sorry to hear she is poorly. One of our first batch was a bit wheezy and like you, it's a long round trip so we phoned the breeder and he sent some antibiotics out by first class post. It might be worth pointing out that it seems likely she was sick when she came to you and asking if the breeder will contribute towards the vet costs. I hope she's better soon.
  2. Thanks and yes, I contacted Omlet direct the last time we thought about it. They said that their delivery chap had found a way to do it but would charge about £100 (from memory, I might be wrong). They weren't especially positive about the results either so we put it on hold. I want to get some more girls......thinking ahead to Christmas baking(!) so would like to sort the run while I've only got 5 getting under my feet! I'll call Omlet again tomorrow but thought I'd ask for personal experience first.
  3. Has anybody tried extending a mark 1 walk in run using mark 2 panels? Can I expect a 'reasonable' job with a bit of brute force and a handful of cable ties? Otherwise, does anybody have any mark 1 extension pieces for sale in the Peterborough, Northampton or Nottingham area? Thanks in advance if any help.
  4. Thanks everybody....no change and she's still walking fine so I guess she''s just got big feet!
  5. My RIR has swollen pads under both her feet. They're not red, hot or tender (I pressed them lightly today), no black / discoloured areas and she seems to be walking normally. We've got a Cube and she walks up and down the steps (no jumping). So to me, not classic Bumblefoot, at least not according to what I've read or the pictures I've seen. They're on wood chip in a WIR and there's a tarpaulin over the top so it's nice and dry. Is it normal for big girls to get more cushioning as they get older? I didn't notice it before today but she doesn't like being picked up so tbh, I don't do it as often as I used to. She's nearly 5 years old and I'm pretty sure she's still laying. Thanks in advance.
  6. Thanks ever so much both of you. I've been making them scrambled eggs but they're not too keen, even with a few mealworms added. Grass is sooooo exciting! Thought I might try tuna today....? (I got a tin in spring water rather than salted). Have also got some cod liver oil so it seems I'm basically on the right track. I haven't heard of Biotin but I'm giving them poultry spice. Is that as good or should I switch to Biotin?
  7. After several years of buying girls at POL we took the plunge with 4 ladies from the BHWT last week. They have their own run and it's amazed me how well they have settled and are bouncing back to health. I had expected them to be fairly bald but had not reckoned on their wing feathers having the thick quill/shaft but no edge bits (are they called vanes?). What's that about? Thanks
  8. What marvelous news, I'm so pleased for you ! Perhaps you could invite the Env Enf Officer and the nosy neighbour round for a 'wood-warming' party.
  9. I love their blouses. I don't get on so well with the strappy tops - the fitted bras are HUGE and padded so make me even bigger, and some of the V neck dresses are quite low but the blouses are amazing. Really great to have a smart fitted look with a suit, rather than either gaping across the front or hanging like a blooming sack. Lovely quality cotton and iron well.
  10. ....according to the trainer on the Leading Multi-Generational Teams session today. Apparently he was referring to the Pres having been born during the baby boom years of 1948-1964. By the time he'd started on 'How to manage boomers' this particular boomer was snorting into the phone and wondering why we can't even use plain English to name sessions anymore, much less, why I have to sit through stuff about working with people of different ages. It's bad enough having to consider race, ethnicity, gender but now we're onto age. What happened to treating people as individuals? Rant over (until the next course on how to do the blinking obvious)
  11. I think I posted this in the wrong forum by mistake so apologies if anyone sees this twice: I've tried absolutely everything I can think of for one girl who has a completely bald neck. She seems a bit skinny, but is otherwise well, eating, laying and mixing happily with the other girls. They are regularly wormed with Flubenvet and dusted with total mite-kill powder as precautionary measures. There has previously been some feather-pecking going on but no evidence now and just in case, I've tried 2 different anti-pecking sprays and purple septi-cleanse on Fried's neck. They have a fair sized fenced off area where they live on wood chippings which we change approx every six months but I'd like to give them a nice soft dustbath. Having spoken to one of the advisors at Omlet today about the ratio of compost / sharp sand / Diatomaceous Earth to put in it, we got talking about my 'naked neck' and the advisor thinks it sounds like plumage mite. Apparently total mite kill powder isn't strong enough to kill the little blighters and I've been advised to use Nippon ant killer powder on her. Has anybody else tried this and if so, how often do you use it? Also what about egg withdrawal? And one more thing - I was planning on getting two more girls at the weekend. We were planning on having then within sight but not contact of te existing 'flock' but is even that off - and how long until we can reconsider? Any other suggestions would be welcome too please...
  12. It's actually just a small compartment just to the right of the steering wheel but the aircon runs through it and it's the right size for a can of soft drink. Certainly quietens the 'car-s"Ooops, word censored!"s' if you mention a chilled drinks compartment tho ! Have fun.

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