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  1. Hi they are probably having a winter break which most chickens do. Are they hybrids or pure breeds? Pure breeds hardly ever lay over winter and hybrids often do at first. I don't have have hybrids but some people have found theirs only lay over their first winter and then stop for others. Hope you get some eggs soon :D

     

    Thanks, they are hybrids so I guess we will be waiting till the spring :)

  2. 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

  3. 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 :)

     

    I have just bought an Eglu Go !goyellow! today :D can't believe we are actually going to be getting chickens after thinking about it for over a month. Can't wait to pick it up and get it set up. Going to get myself on a chicken keeping course asap and then go chicken shopping :dance:
  4. 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

  5. When they are new to laying they sometimes lay very large eggs, and it can lead to a slight tear. As they settle down, the eggs should be a more regular size and the problem may not occur again - you're quite right to keep an eye on it, especially because the sight of blood is so tempting to her companions, but if it's dried up and she seems ok, I wouldn't worry. I have had the occasional blood-streaked egg with no further problems. Keep an eye out however, because if she is consistently laying huge eggs she could get a prolapse.

     

    You might have a double-yolker!

     

    Thanks Olly...I'm now looking forward to cracking it open!!

  6. Hi Andrew *waves* it was good to see you on Sunday.

     

    As Olly has said, it's perfectly normal for their first big egg and ought to settle down. If you see her looking like laying again, you might want to smear a bit of vaseline around her vent to ease the passage but TBH the small tear is usually internal.

     

    Thanks Clare - good session on Sunday by the way.

     

    Thanks for the advice re the vaseline...I'll keep some on hand.

  7. 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

  8. Morning all.

    A couple of weeks ago I was asking about the hosepipe ban, have just spoke to a nice guy at Thames water who told me that us chicken keepers can use a hose to clean our runs and coops. Also if any of you have fishponds that need topping up the same applys. Im Happy, trying to clean with a watering can was not easy or affective.

     

    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.

  9. 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.

     

    :)

  10. 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. :D

  11. 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.

  12. we fitted ours by catching the girls (easier said than done), son swaddling them in a towel with just head free and then I used one hand to hold head and other with circlip pliers - I guess i'd take them off the same way?

     

    we used this same method and a pair of the pliers that you can get...made the whole thing really easy.

  13. There is a thread going on a House Rabbit forum about the extreme lengths we mums going to

    to keep our bunnies happy.

    Id thought it would be interesting to see what lengths us chicken mums go to.

     

    I was out at 9pm last night mixing Bio Dry into the runs bedding so when they got up the dust had settled.

    Fran boks at around 4ish as it is scratch corn time - like a fool i go running with a hand full. :roll:

     

    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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