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The Mcconnochies

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  1. Thanks, they are hybrids so I guess we will be waiting till the spring
  2. Hey all, we have had 4 chooks now for about a year, all doing well so far. They moulted about 6 weeks or so ago and we haven't had a single egg since then. I know it is freezing at the moment but I thought we might get some eggs as we did last winter. Any thoughts?
  3. Thanks everyone... I'll keep an eye on them and see if there are any other softies. The other eggs laid today were left in the nesting box so all looks well.
  4. Hi all...I thought things were going well with our girls with a fairly quiet couple of months but I spoke too soon... I just spotted an egg that had been laid outside the nesting box being eaten by teh chickens. It has sparked off a bit of a fight and feeding frenzy. I couldn't see who laid it and I had a quick check and none of their vents seem injured. So, is this normal behaviour and if not what do i need to do about it? Is it likely to be an isolated incident? Andrew
  5. Thanks all...will take a close look tomorrow and take some action.
  6. Excited for you... I wen t on a course run by Cotswold Poulty near Oxford....fantastic to help me have the confidence to get started. I highly reccomend going on something similar. Enjoy
  7. Hey all - I've spotted some mites on the outside of our wooden coup...the don't look like the red mites that I've seen photos of on the internet but they are definitely there and have been for a day or so. Any ideas of what they might/mite be? I've dusted the girls and the inside of the coop...nothing on either as far as I can see. Any hints or tips? Andrew
  8. I have a young bluebelle that is a jumper. The oultry netting worked a treat.
  9. Looks very similar to how we have ours on Miss Moneypenny..she has been fine with it for weeks.
  10. Thanks Olly...I'm now looking forward to cracking it open!!
  11. Thanks Clare - good session on Sunday by the way. Thanks for the advice re the vaseline...I'll keep some on hand.
  12. Hi, we have a new layer (a light sussex). Her first egg was small ( a few days ago) and second a bit bigger and today she laid a whopper. The only issue is that it had some blood etc on it...not much but enough that you could notice it. I've inspected her and her vent has a bit of a discharge of blood coming from inside it (not really enough to get the others interested nd definitely not flowing...just there really). Just wondering if it s normal for new layers to get have this and whether it is likely to clear up on its own? Any thoughts greatly appreciated. Andrew
  13. Oh, really interested in this. Did you get anything in writing or did they point out anything you could print off? We are in Gloucestershire and they just declared us in drought...no hosepipe ban yet though.
  14. very wet hens also in Cheltenham...we have one that is seperated whilst a pecking wound heals...we took pity on it and had it in our covered porch area...stupid thing kept trying to grt out into the rain!!
  15. No, you won't be able to link from Facebook if your privacy settings are restrictive. Easier uploading to a photo sharing website eg flickr as it is free.
  16. We had a seriously bullying chicken that had caused at least 2 significant wounds to other chickens. We used a bumper bit and it had an instant result...no more bullying...injured chickens healed and thrived and now the 'bully' is the most adorable thing possible. She just follows me round the garden. It sounds like you had a tough time but take heart...things can improve.
  17. bumper bits are the way to go...it has solved our bullying problem completely.
  18. Thank you both...nail file it is then. @Clare - We picked up 2 beautiful chooks last friday. A wonderful Sussex and a georgeous Bluebelle. Both still getting to know their way around the flock...managing to stay the night in the coop but only after dusk as we had an almighty spat when it wasn't quite dark!!! Another couple of days and then we will introduce them.
  19. We got two new chickens last friday and noticed today that one of them had a slight broken beak - it looks a little like a finger nail that has its end loose and needs cut. The chickens have been seperated from the rest of the flock since we got them and our only idea is that maybe she did it on the wire round the run (the are currently confined to the run for a week). So, a couple of questions... 1) any ideas on how it could have happened? 2) is it serious? 3) how do i fix it? Thanks in advance for suggestions.
  20. we used this same method and a pair of the pliers that you can get...made the whole thing really easy.
  21. Or chicken dads...in our house, I get to do most of the chicken work as my wife has to look oafter our 9 month old.

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