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  1. Hi, didn't want to read & run! What a battle you've had! Sounds like you've made some headway. Can Redfords not giive you further advice? What about treating the ground/environment........has anyone giiven you some advice on this? Hopefully somebody with first hand experience will be along Best wishes for your girls.
  2. Have you check for mites? I believe there is a depluming mite?? Doesn't sound like a moult I guess keep an eye out as you are and check for new feather quills.
  3. Alis girls. Do check the strength of the vit D. I get the highest from holland & barret (usually on 3for2) It will also help your uptake of calcium
  4. Hi Denise , thanks for asking. Well, if you look through all my recent posts you'll be able to catch up and there's even pics!!! But been having another wobble this week and am currently treating the 7 with coxoid again as they seemed poorly and I've been paranoid since I lost a boy chick at 5 weeks and still not had the results back from his autopsy! How about you???? What of your hatches???? How many girls and boys and what colours???? Did you get to keep any???
  5. Hi and welcome Sometimes chicken keeping has a few snags, just like most things in life really But hopefully things are settled for you now I can't say I've experienced this with my eggs, but 2 obvious things that you could do easily are:- 1, worm your hens with flubenvet. You can either buy the pwder & mix it with your own pellets or buy ready mixed pellets. 2, as you suggest yourself limit the free ranging, say to late afternoon & maybe just for a couple of hours. When you worm them they must be shut in their run for the whole week, worming pellets only! After doing these 2 things see what your eggs are like. Somebody else may have other suggestions for you too. There's always help here I only keep bantams and their eggs are smaller with less white......Let us know if you do try anything and if it makes a difference
  6. Hi Chickabee You have my sympathy My cocker spaniel will also chow down chicken food Sorry no ideas on a dog proof feeder though! I just don't let her in to the chickens area, which is fenced off with a gate But occasionally it doesn't latch and she gets on or hubby forgets to close the gate after helping with the chickens
  7. It sounds like your doing all you can I feel your pain......I have pekins need say no more At my highest in numbers I thought about having broody towers But down to 2 girls, of which one never goes full on broody But have hatched and have some lovely little growers........may need broody towers in the future One thing I would recommend is if you let a girlie out and she goes straight up to the nest, pop her straight back in the anti-broody for another 24 hours, then try again
  8. look on the bright side, at least you had it to hand Broody hens
  9. Mar1a, I have had my pekins in the anti-broody coop with a cover over them, either because it's a very cold night or the bright early mornings will make the hen noisy early I just use a light weight dark coloured cover, the air still circulates under the anti-broody coop. Obviously remove the cover as early as you can also putting on as late as you can (mine are only at the end of the garden ) The thing with leaving a broody is she will upset the laying hens and also run her condition down, laying her open to illness or mites. If you had the ability to boot her out and collect the eggs and then close off the nest box daily (once all who lay have ) you could do this but it may not be practical for your set up and it would still possibly take a few weeks. I guess see how she goes?
  10. Hi there Mars I think it can vary from hen to hen But I've had 3 hatches all with pekins and each of them has left on the 6 week anniversary Just keep an eye on your hen, she will let you know when she's done with her mummy duties What did you hatch? Are they from your own eggs? I had a high rate of boys this hatch 6 boys and 2 girls, but at least I did get 2 girls My gang are 7 weeks today, they are huge now.
  11. Ok, you say you can't use an anti-broody cage....why?? The whole idea is that they are in it 3 days and nights straight. I have pekins and they go broody at the drop of a hat So my ant-broody cage is a wire cat carrier, which I raise on 2 bricks to allow air to circulate under the hen and it is inside my cube run. Inside the cage I have 2 "D" shaped clip on cups for food and water, checked and re-filled daily. as long as your run/enclosure is safe your hen should be fine. Let's hope you don't need one
  12. Anymore babies redsunset?? Hatching can be nerve racking at times I think I read somewhere cold weather can have an effect on the duration of hatches.
  13. Well at least you know now The mystery of why the symptoms came and went solved Did the vet offer any suggestions for Bernie? Or is it just the way it's going to be?
  14. Ah lovely Thank you leanne They did run around a lot before I caught them! Mark the breeder( where I got the new little girls from) said that as I had them outdoors on grass from day 1 that also affects the colouring up? Last time I hatched they didn't go outside on to grass for a couple of weeks or so, maybe 3 even......difficult to remember and also to compare This bunch have definitely matured faster than my last hatch 3 years ago. The brown chick is Polly's only surviving chick, he's a mix :dad- millefleur, mum- a mix millefleur X gold partridge. He's the smallest & last to hatch. Leanne can I ask your opinion? When, how should I intro the 3 growers & my 2 girls?
  15. Ah what a shame you have had this experience first time chicken keeping. But, you have already learned a lot about chicken health/normal behaviour/not normal by the way you are talking. That is a good skill for any chicken keeper I think I would either take her to a vet (I personally don't think she will get better on her own) or take her back (save yourself anymore heartache) Green poo is a bad sign I also had a poor breeder experience for my first 3 pekins They are all gone now, but I have just hatched Another experience.....not to be taken lightly as I got 6 boys out of 8 eggs That's a whole other story! But I have found your own hatched under a broody hen chickens seem easiest to integrate. Pekins are fab......if a bit fiesty I have only kept pekins
  16. Whoop, whoop 2 of Martha's babies So happy Just need miller 30 to rubber stamp it Their faces really haven't changed since the 4 week pics, but they both standout as different to the boys. Makes it all worth it So I've gone from no girls to 5 Hubby might be a tad cross when he gets back from visiting his dad in Canada Still waiting to hear back from the vets ........so won't put the little girls all together yet. Need more names now Maybe, Matilda and Minnie??? 2 of the little boys are doing strangled crows They are just 6 weeks old .......bit worried about the neighbours Well at least there is only 5 of them now!! Hatching adventures
  17. Yay Egg dance for you soon Alis girls
  18. Wow triple yolker Surely that will be a one off.......... Enjoy
  19. Yes, I would discourage it. Lots of reasons it's not a good idea, they can get too cozy ....making them go broody. Nest material gets soiled and then the eggs, also the nest material needs changing more frequently. they could be targeted by mites etc If you have a cube, the smallest size trug fits the hole perfectly (top tip I got on here) They will soon get used to not going in there if it's already blocked off before they go to bed Just pop in in after you've collected all the eggs........but remember to remove it in the morning
  20. miller 30....what do you think??? The pics are clickable. I impressed myself by uploading them myself....really no help Girl on the left The 2 girls with 2 boys, 2nd girl behind the right hand boy. I think these 2 are girls, especially when I compare them to my 3 new girls (see chickens post)
  21. Pictures of the little girls Salmon - Lucy Lavender -Lily and chocolate - Coco Sorry you have to click them to see the whole pic!!!!!! But I posted these myself No techie assistance today
  22. So Martha left her chicks yesterday. She hasn't given them another thought! This means she is back with Max and bully Polly. She has been to Martha since she went back, even when they free range Max is a bit useless much to my disappointment as I got him to keep Polly in check Tomorrow back to work and they will be in the run....poor Martha Martha is sitting around (sometimes dozing) a lot and try to avoid Polly and not eating too much. She has laid 2 days in a row and always is a lean bird when in lay. Should I worry?? I did give her some nutri-drops this morning to perk her up. Lovely red comb and bright eyes, a bit thin for my liking.
  23. So I went to collect some growers as it seems I may have 1 or even 2 little girls in my hatch after all Atleast now I can add any girls it may turnout I have. They can grow on together. The breeder had an amazing set up So many to choose from and silkies too!!! My daughter was with me to keep me under control So I came away with a chocolate, lavender and a salmon all pekins around 7-8 weeks. Ah they are so sweet I will try and get pics on here later. So names! Lavender- Lucy, salmon-Lily but I can't quiet make my mind up on the chocolate.....help! So it's between Cadbury and Coco. What do you think??????
  24. Maybe go for a theme, or choose a starting letter. I had 3 pekins when I first began keeping hens and they were called Milly, Molly & Mandy Then I had a Tilly and a Polly (still have Polly but lost her sister) I seem to like names that rhyme. Yes I agree pics might help!

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