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skwump

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  1. I dont like the omlet roosting bars (and neither do our chickens) so I cover the base with bedding and then add 2 wooden "roosting bars". I usually find the ducks snuggled up in the bedding, along with the chickens who also dont like roosting. And occasionally (but not as infrequently as you might expect) I find them standing on the wooden bars! Crazy little girls.
  2. My 2 calls put themselves to bed with all the chickens in the cube whenever its really cold. I have a wooden ramp (the chickens hated the omlet ladder) and they seem to have no problem waddling up it!
  3. well I just wanted to update everyone... Lewis really came through in the end He's here at the moment (and has been here for hours!!) adding additional supports (so the roof doesn't dip in places) and adding an additional layer of roofing over the existing one. The additional layer of roofing alone comes to £200, so we agreed to split the cost, which I think is fair. Despite the difficult start, I am very impressed and I personally would have no problem recommending Lewis and Averies4U to others
  4. Thank you everyone for the support. I was starting to think I was being unreasonable I did email Lewis explaining everything I said here, and am waiting for his reply. I will keep you all posted.
  5. My two laid almost daily for a few months in summer. Beautiful little blue-tinted eggs!
  6. I'm usually more of an omlet forum lurker but I just had to post - I'm so angry and upset! Two months ago I bought a very expensive run from Averies4U. I also specially got it with a solid roof and guttering to keep my precious girls dry. Soon after the run was installed, I noticed a small leak. I didn't want to bother Lewis, so I asked my husband to have a look and see if he could fix it. Unfortunately however the leak got progressively worse and my husband said I need to contact them. So I emailed Lewis and explained that it leaked a tiny bit initially, but has got worse and worse and now I need buckets to stop the larger drips, and my 10 bags of aubiose bedding is completely wet through. I just got a reply from Lewis saying that I should have contacted him immediately and now, 2 months on, the run is "no longer [his] responsibility". I am so upset and don't know how I'm going to tell my husband! I assumed that Lewis would take pride in his work and his reputation and if, after only two months, one of his runs is clearly faulty, I assumed he would want to fix it. Now I have to tell my husband that the very expensive run I finally talked him into needs repairing! And I have no idea how to fix a roof that leaks everywhere! Can anybody help? Has anyone else had problems with leaking roofs? (added 11/1/13) NOTE: If you are considering a run from Averies4U, please read my update below about how Lewis really came through in the end.
  7. Thank you Zak and Redwing. They're definitely on my shopping list!!!
  8. aren't they? i think they might be on my national shopping list. if i can only work out exactly what they are...
  9. I came across this adorable picture ... http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://homepets.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/bantams-sitting-pretty-2-mo2.jpg%3Fw%3D450%26h%3D253&imgrefurl=http://projectplans.net/chicken-tractor-plans/pretty-chicken-coops/&usg=__jIvUOS-_W_bp6-ZvWNJZv1j3A4E=&h=253&w=450&sz=36&hl=en&start=2&sig2=taU3-pgKawRrjui3nE7vHQ&zoom=1&tbnid=_hudI6aDXzqbgM:&tbnh=140&tbnw=250&ei=L96gUOGAO4qohAfI5oCQBg&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dbantams%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26tbo%3Dd%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D738%26tbs%3Dsimg:CAQSXhpcCxCo1NgEGgIIAgwLELCMpwgaNQozCAESDTw4MznUATLKAdUBywEaIPaHeHMIpWFWoqdk6Fap-3SJylr2mYKZUI09Paz9CXiLDAsQjq7-CBoKCggIARIEkuujFAw%26tbm%3Disch&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=256&vpy=165&dur=3144&hovh=168&hovw=300&tx=126&ty=188&sig=106340816255589448950&page=1&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:52 does anyone know what breed these birds are?
  10. I've been using the deep litter method in my large WIR. It seems to be working well so far and the chickens and ducks love digging around in the bedding. Should I be using ground sanitizer or would this kill off all the good bugs that keep the litter stable and healthy? thanks x
  11. Is there anything wrong with growers eating layers and layers eating growers pellets/mash? All these different types of foods are getting confusing!
  12. I bought 2 little girl call ducks a while ago. One was always less inclined to quack than the other one, but they both definitely quacked. and LOUD. But the quieter one now never quacks. Does that mean she might be a boy? Is there a way to tell conclusively? Sorry - as you can see, I'm completely clueless when it comes to ducks!
  13. thanks Chubby Chook. they are adorable aren't they?
  14. thanks leanne, thats good to know. anyone with experience of call ducks?
  15. I currently have 2 little call duck girls happily living with my chickens. I've heard you can't keep drakes with chickens, but does this also apply to weeny call ducks? My husband is absolutes besotted with the ducks and really wants to breed them. Thanks x
  16. Miss Muffet is still alive, eating well and living in a box inside. She is finishing a course of antibiotics and treatment for her crop and digestive system. However she remains very unbalanced and uncoordinated and I'm not sure why or what to do to help. I think the fact that she has survived this long has to be a good sign, but there doesn't seem to be much improvement in her movement. At least she is happy and not in any pain though. Any suggestions would be welcome!
  17. mine are too young to lay but have a covered litter try as a "house". Sounds like investing in a proper duck house might be a waste of money.
  18. We dutifully herd ours in every night, and they patiently wait for us to leave and then pop back out again! After going back and herding them back in another 2 or 3 times, we eventually give up and leave them to it. I'm kinda hoping that they will get the idea and sleep in their house, but its not looking promising!! failure to observe bedtimes aside, they are soooo cute!
  19. Taken her to the vet (twice). Also spoken to chicken vet. Her feet/legs appear normal. Advice so far is to wait and see. They say it could be Mareks, even though she has been double vaccinated against this. I'm hoping she's just recovering from a traumatic bout of sour crop
  20. I have a 14 week old silkie who developed sour crop a few days ago. It looks like we've successfully treated it (with yogurt, garlic and canesten) and her cop feels good today. She's eating but still quiet and subdued. BUT she seems to be rather uncoordinated and appears to be limping. I can't see any cause for this and was wondering if chickens could become uncoordinated when run-down or ill? She has been vaccinated for Mareks. Any ideas?
  21. I have a 14 week old silkie who developed sour crop a few days ago. It looks like we've successfully treated it (with yogurt, garlic and canesten) and her cop feels good today. She's eating but still quiet and subdued. BUT she seems to be rather uncoordinated and appears to be limping. I can't see any cause for this and was wondering if chickens could become uncoordinated when run-down or ill? She has been vaccinated for Mareks. Any ideas?

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