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  1. Well of course now the suggestion has come up - I think it becomes chicken law and I have to
  2. Thank you everyone for the lovely responses. I am still hankering over Faverolles or Orpingtons! Need to really think ahead to my set up and what room I can give them - obviously lots if it is Orpingtons If I could have another ex-battery Bonnie who needed her own space and lots of love attention - I would do so in a second but that isn't always the way with chicken keeping I have learned. You choose what you think you want and then the chickens show you want you are going to get
  3. I am so torn with the breeds! Docile with each other is a high priority - my girls were wonderful and I did enjoy the feisty to a point. One of them managed to give me a black eye when she mistook my eyelashes for something edible and then missed - blood everywhere That gave a lot of people a lot of laughs - and still does The only thing really tripping me up at the moment is the broodiness. I know I am a complete walkover with these girls and they would give me one look at I would say ok - no cage, off you go! I am under no illusions - I have never been and never will be in charge Your little family of chooks sounds beautiful - especially the Brahmas and Silkies.
  4. I am glad I posted on here today - it has really helped me so much . I feel now that I won't rule Orpingtons out - would probably take more research with suppliers - as you have said Daphne to try to find out about the broodiness. I would certainly have the room for them - they are such big beautiful girls - perhaps a rethink is in order
  5. Oh that is so lovely and heartbreaking at the same time. I am so so sorry that they were taken as they were. You have hit the nail on the head really, when you do lose them it is so hard and it is a big leap to start again. I do remember Octavia - and Pipkins - just my era! If I could have Orpingtons like your Octavia, I would have them tomorrow. She sounds perfect. I first saw Orpingtons at the Malvern Autumn Show and just fell in love with them. Even my other half was bowled over by them. It was only ever the broody side that made me step back a little. I think time to review and re-read up on them - thank you for the lovely post, you have given me lots to think about
  6. Hi Millie-Anne - that is good to know. I am aiming in that direction, but if that is the case with them, I will need to have a good think on that point. I had originally set my heart on Orpingtons, but am not sure I want the broodiness and needing to break them of the same. I moved on then to the Faverolles, which although broody, seemed less so. Mmmmm - you have given me something to think about there - thank you.
  7. Thanks very much - that has answered one of my questions straight off. I previously had a large plastic roof over the top of the cube and runs to keep them dry and then the covers when it was windy weather. I was debating whether to repeat the roof but sounds like it is a must for Faverolles. Right - off to update the chicken notes
  8. Hi. I haven't posted for a very long time and I must say, it is so lovely to be back! By way of background - I started with three beautiful Gingernut Rangers, (Polly, Pickle and Pepper) a cube and run (extended many times over)! Six months later, I rescued two ex-battery hens to add to my flock - steadily introduced them over several weeks and they did really well together and finally integrated well. The one little girl had been very bashed about when I got her (Bonnie) but Maisie (her ex-bat pal) stuck up for her and protected her from my other girls and things settled down nicely. Unfortunately, we came down one morning to find Maisie had died overnight in the cube. From this point things became difficult. My other girls were awful to Bonnie and without Maisie to protect her she was totally lost and was such a tiny little hen. They attacked her as a group and drew blood very quickly, but the worst part was the screams from her. I just dived in and took her out of the pen and put her up temporarily. The next day we bought a wooden walk in run and an Eglu and she never looked back! Her run was attached to the girls' run (separated by chicken wire) so she had company, but they couldn't touch her, but Bonnie wouldn't come out of the Eglu if they were in sight. I ended up putting a shade up between them and she became the happiest little outgoing chicken! She befriended the cat and the dog who used to sit in with her - and we all took turns sitting in the pen with her. She outlived my girls who were approx 3 1/2 when they went - Bonnie was 5 - boy did I love and admire this little girl!! Anyway - waffle over - At this point my dad fell ill and my spare time was needed so my lovely hobby came to an end after Bonnie. I now think it is time to start again. It just feels right. I miss the whole experience so much. I want to leave it until Feb/March of next year to get the garden sorted and designed for the biggest run possible and also building on what I have learned/the set up I had last time, change a few things. Much as I love the Gingernut Rangers and the ex-battery girls, I think I would like to take a different route this time. I am not looking for the eggs - lovely bonus but not my priority. I would like a longer lived breed if possible, (although I know that nothing is guaranteed) and a slightly more docile breed. After much research I have really fallen in love with Faverolles and we have Chooks Farm quite near to us that stock the same - although I have yet to meet one! From what I can find, they seem to have an average lifespan of about five years, are docile, not big egg layers as such and would hopefully be easier to introduce new girls to. I just wondered if anyone could give me advice regarding Faverolles if you have kept the same please? I would be looking to keep just this breed alone if they are as docile as I have read. Any details of your experience of these ladies and their needs would be really welcome or any breed you may be able to suggest along similar lines that I may not have thought of! Thanks so much.
  9. Thanks so much - you get so close to them when you have them indoors bless them. Thanks again.
  10. Well fingers crossed and so glad the vet is being thorough. My vet did the same - we just couldn't be sure it was peritonitis at the time. So hoping it isn't for your little one - please do keep us updated.
  11. My girl has just been put to sleep because of peritonitis - she fought for some time and the symptoms weren't clear. However, if it helps, her tummy was never hot and squishy. Just the last two days it became hot and tight and that is when I felt I couldn't let her go on. Fingers and everything crossed for you both tomorrow
  12. I'm not sure. I had three Gingernut rangers - all the same age. Polly never really got going and died at 8 months - vet said she was born with some kind of fault with her egg laying mechanism and she was never going to last long - she was huge though My girl Pickles I just lost was only 2 years 3 months and again, a big girl, very strong and in smashing condition and down she went. I have an ex battery hen who is 3 now and has just about stopped laying. She is a little wiry thing, but she enjoys every day - full of beans, runs, plays, eats everything and anything - just luck of the draw I think.
  13. I think they are both as painful. You either have to deal with watching them or deal with the shock and they are both awful. I am slowly trying to get the image of her when she had gone out of my head and keep trying to think of all the nice moments and the funny moments. The others will keep us going xx
  14. Thank you. You are right - watching her closely. I have been getting up early and spending an hour with her first thing and the family at home are going out to her every half an hour at the moment. She is calling for Pickles now and again, but is easily distracted. She has had several trugs of chippings added from Bonnie's pen, as she loves that for some reason and she chupped away and scattered seeds keep her busy for quite a while. She has Bonnie in the pen next to her - about a 5 or 6 inch gap as Pepper would like to kill her if she could. However, she spends more time up there with Bonnie now. Bonnie is not impressed as she holds a grudge after Pepper's attacks Pepper pins her down and goes for her eyes so I can't risk putting them together as Bonnie doesn't even run, she just screams. Hopefully it will settle down soon poor girl.
  15. Thanks luvachicken - they do leave a gap when they go don't they.

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