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  1. Heehee heth1986 - I had a blue (cockerel), a lavender and 3 black Araucanas in this hatch - so they definitely do exist
  2. Out of interest, can anyone let me know whether the second cockerel is likely to start crowing straight away once the first cockerel is removed..? Or do I get grace period...?
  3. I've only ever kept bantams and mine have never flown off even though I don't clip their wings - apart from the one time when a dog got into the garden and chased Honey and she very sensibly flew onto my neighbour's roof. She hopped back down quite happily once she calmed down though... I've only ever had normal-sized roosting bars for mine, with no problems
  4. Eek Redwing, that's exactly what I was worrying about... I had a feeling that "she" looked a bit boyish around the back end but I was hoping that, as little grey (as the definite cockerel is currently known) had been crowing for a couple of weeks, this one would be displaying some more cockerelly signs by now... This one's got a much less prominent comb than my known cockerel though, so with that and the lack of doodling, I was holding out hope Ah well...
  5. Brilliant - that's 3 votes for "girl" so far I'm hoping to keep her (?) as she's so pretty, so I'm glad others think she's a girl too...
  6. Oh eek - I'm not sure what's happened to the picture, it was a whole chicken when i posted it, not just a tail..?
  7. Hello.... We've hatched some bantam Araucana chicks which are now approx. 13 weeks old. We've got one definite cockerel - he's been cock-a-doodling for a couple of weeks and keeps trying it on with the hen who hatched them, thankfully she's completely unrelated to them... We've got 2 who I'm pretty sure are hens but I've got one who I'm not so certain about. There's been no clearing of throat or other attempts at crowing or any of the "other" boy behaviour, so I'm hoping she's a hen - can you look at the picture and let me know if it's a girl or whether we've got another boy, who's a bit slow to catch up? Thanks
  8. Hi, I've had Pekins before, they're great with kids but they do go broody and I had one girl in particular who was noisy... I currently have a Pekin Silkie cross who is very friendly and very pretty but very broody - so much so that we've let her hatch some eggs! My little Sabelpoot is the friendliest hen I've ever had and so pretty but she lays more or less when she feels like it and her eggs are tiny. She makes up for it in sheer friendliness though, she's a proper pet And she comes in through the cat flap
  9. I have a hen who comes in through the cat flap to steal cat food... Since she's worked out how to get in through the cat flap, I've only bought fish-based wet cat food, as I can't cope with the idea of my girls eating chicken/duck/turkey based cat food...
  10. My first thought was red mite too... Fingers crossed for her, I hope she takes a turn for the better and that your egglets are OK
  11. I thought that might be the case Beantree... and it's exactly what she's done since my earlier post - she's hopped out with her 5 littl'uns and poor old egglet has been left. Ah well, 5 out of 6 isn't bad
  12. Hello, I'm after some advice - we put 6 eggs under my broody girl Orla and 5 of them hatched 2 days ago. I float tested the one remaining egg this morning ( as per brilliant instructions on Backyard Chickens) and I think the remaining egg is viable. Should I help it along or just leave it under Orla for a couple more days? Thanks
  13. I'm glad I'm not the only one who hasn't heard of them..! The only thing I found when I googled "Chinese bantam" was Silkies so I wondered whether they might be a cross- breed (Sablepoot x Silkie)
  14. Hello, I'm wondering if anyone can help... I'm looking for poultry farms near me (Taunton) which sell good quality hatching eggs and I've come across a website listing, among other things, "Rare breed bantams - CHINESE SABLE-POOTED (various colours including porcelain, lemon, silver speckled, magpied, cream barred, red and cream barred)" Can anyone let me know what Chinese sable-pooted bantams are? I've got a lemon millefleur Sablepoot as part of my little flock already and she's lovely but I know Sablepoots are Dutch not Chinese... I wondered whether anyone can help, as I'm a bit confused... And if anyone has any recommendations re. where to get bantam hatching eggs from near(ish) Taunton, do let me know
  15. My best hens for the children to handle are my little Sablepoot (definitely my tamest girl, she will come for a cuddle whenever you like), my bantam Orpington and my Pekin-Silkie cross (who is utterly daft but adorable). My Pekins, I have to admit, are fine but not as tame as these three! And my Sumatra cross and my bantam Sussex are impossible to catch, even when bribed with mealworms...
  16. Honey's still hanging in there - she seems a lot more interested in things today so it looks as though her stay in the cat basket may be over and she'll be back in the run tomorrow, separated from the others. I don't want to turf her out too soon but I don't want to keep her cooped up in a cat basket for too long either! I think I'll bring her back in tomorrow night, as it'll be chilly...
  17. *Not licensed for use on poultry in the UK. Ditto re. Harkamectin...
  18. Thanks mimi5 She's still sneezy but seems a bit better - although I've got a horrible feeling it might just be me kidding myself She's eaten a bit and has at least been drinking, which I took as a good sign. I'll give warm pellet mash a try - she's gone terribly thin over the last couple of days, I can feel her breastbone so I'm trying to get her to eat. Any more ideas to fatten her up would be greatly appreciated - I figure she needs her strength to fight this off. I'll do warm pellet mash for breakfast and we'll see how it goes down She's in the kitchen in the cat basket - she's been in the lounge with us most of the day as I figured she'd prefer a bit of company but she's in the kitchen in the dark for bed now.
  19. I've used the pigeon one - Harkamectin - with no ill effects... There's an egg withdrawal period - not an issue with my girls at the moment!
  20. Thanks luvachicken Honey's just had a cuddle with hubby while I changed the newspaper in the cat basket - they were both quite happily watching Masterchef...! She's a lovely little thing, so I've got my fingers crossed
  21. Thanks Ain't "Ooops, word censored!"ody Here - she seems happy enough in the house, so I'll keep her in for the moment. I just broke the news to my hubby that there's a hen in the lounge and he took it surprisingly well - his only comment was "I can't believe you've got your panicky knickers on over a chicken..!" and then he asked whether he should buy some mealworms for her as a treat on the way home. I think he's getting as bad as I am!
  22. And another thing - I can either quarantine her outside in a sectioned off bit of the WIR, I can get hold of a separate rabbit hutch to put her in outside or, as she's not well, do I leave her in the cat basket with food and water (as she is now) indoors in the warm? She's a lovely little thing, so I want to do my best for her - but I'm coming to realise that I'm less clued-up on my hen beasties than I'd hoped!
  23. Hi All, I've got two new hens, one of which - Honey the Sablepoot - has been keeping to herself for a little while (see my post "Lone Chicken"). I noticed earlier in the week that she's been standing on one leg a bit and then she started sneezing on Wednesday afternoon. This morning she was breathing quite heavily, sometimes with her beak open, so I took her to the vet (much to my neighbour's amusement! And I realise now I should have asked for advice on here before going to the vet...) and was prescribed Baytril and told to quarantine her. I've also noticed that the skin around her eyes is sometimes nicely red, sometimes very pale Now... if I quarantine her, am I making things worse for her, as she's a loner anyway? As she's been sleeping in the same coop as the others, does it make sense to quarantine her now? I thought of possibly quarantining her with the hen I bought her with, if leaving her on her own is terrible plan... Honey's in a cat basket on my lounge floor next to me as I type and seems quite happy, but I could really do with some advice. My vet is fab with cats and dogs but although she "does chickens", it was clear she's not particularly a chicken expert. I'm off to squirt some Baytril down Honey's beak, on the basis that it can't do any harm, even if it doesn't help (there's a first time for everything..) Thanks for any replies
  24. Thanks for the replies It's made me feel a bit better about the whole thing... We've had an interesting development today - Honey has spent most of the day FR on her own (with the odd cuddle from my OH, who is very taken with her ) but when I went to put them all to bed, I found her in the main coop with the big girls. Iris had gone to bed on her own in the second coop. I've moved Iris into the main coop with the others and left the coop door open but the WIR shut, so that Honey and Iris can nip out first thing in the morning if there's any chicken swearing from my older girls. I'm not sure whether it's a good development or not but I've decided to see what happens and try not to panic - who knew I'd worry this much about chickens?!

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