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  1. sorry to hear your news I'm afraid i don't have any useful suggestions about what caused it (something not dissimilar happened to my Bluebell, a bit off colour one day; lethargic the next, then dead by morning) My observation is that hens seem quite fragile (compared to say, us or a cat or dog). I read literally thousands of posts over various forums and books etc about mine and there were hundreds of stories of hens passing away very quickly. So I suspect you didn't do anything wrong at all, it's just the way it often seems to happen I was also worried about my other two, gave vitamins and wormed etc, but happily they're fine - so hopefully yours will be too
  2. agree that the gingernut/warren/brown hybrid is great for beginners. They were recommended to me by the seller. They're friendly, seem quite hardy, lay loads of eggs and are brimming full of personality. They don't particularly like being picked up but will tolerate it - in fact they seem very tolerant of most things. I also had a bluebell, she was always rather nervous and skittish and lacked the curiosity and 'fun' of the other two (and laid less eggs). She never liked to be touched or handled. Sadly she died (not sure of what) after a year
  3. cheese! mine absolutely love cheese - if i can get their attention to show that I have cheese that will always get them come running They have no interest in some of the things they're 'supposed' to like - they turn their beaks up at mealworms, pasta, apples, strawberries, banana etc Generally, their treat is a handful or two of 'organic mixed corn' - that usually gets them back to the pen in the evening They're also partial to a slice of nice granary bread I don't use yogurt (hate the stuff), but some was accidentally delivered once so I tried it on the hens - best entertainment ever! I buy them a pot very occasionally just to amuse myself - stand well back if you try this!
  4. My two were sold as 'commercial browns' - was told they were the breed used for battery hens
  5. i *think* it's because they are a 'complete' food apart from grit - on the assumption that they pick up grit from free ranging
  6. I think the 'correct' advice is to quarantine them separately But then you've got a whole new group of introduction problems The pragmatic answer may well depend on how confident you are re the health of the two suppliers? Worth bearing in mind - will the 2 chooks from place A already be bonded? If so, they may pick on chook from place B anyway
  7. I bought mine from the local countrywide store a couple of weeks or so ago and it was £20 It was also for sale at about £13.50 on amazon (but I wanted it more quickly so don't know if they're ok or not)
  8. Be careful where you introduce diatom in the garden - remember it will kill all sorts of beneficial insects as well as worms. Bright sunlight (UV light) sees off the worms/worm eggs from what I've read - hence advice to keep grass short on areas where hens have been to allow the light to get to the ground My grandparents always put woodash as a 'disinfectant' where the hens main run had been, their understanding was that 'cured' the ground after a year. Not sure of the truth of that, but they never wormed their hens and they all lived to a very old age
  9. thanks again I'm now wondering if she's semi-broody (is there such a thing?!) I have noticed a few (but only 3/4) feathers and the grass/weeds that they pull up (I move the run every few days) was in a kinda nest shape - and there was an egg in it. But they were both equally keen to leave the run for their daily FR exercise and go into what I call the 'day run' (another run that i move daily to keep them off the bits of the garden I don't want them to destroy) Perhaps she is broody buy in a kinda half-hearted way?
  10. I read the same thing, but no I don't think she's broody - no sign of wanting to sit on eggs or in the nest box and generally bimbling about as usual Thanks for the welcome
  11. Oh dear, my first post sounds like a troll I have 2 brown hybrids. They are about 1.4 yrs old and free range as much as possible One, I noticed today has an almost completely bare breast - both sides under the wings but not at the very front. I've read a lot about moulting, and this everything seems to say they lose their neck/head/tail feathers first. They don't seem to have lost any of these and I haven't seen any feathers around I had another hen, a bluebell which died suddenly a couple of weeks ago after being 'off' for just a day, so obviously I'm worried Since then I've wormed them and moved the coop (arc type) I've checked for mites etc and not seen anything obvious - the coop is perma-drenched in diatom the bare skin looks quite healthy - smooth, not obviously red or irritated any thoughts much appreciated

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