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LovelyJubley

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  1. my yard is north facing, according to DH. There is a good amount of sun first thing in the morning to mid afternoon. Then its shady. I've got to try and work out the wind direction now.
  2. ...Where do you site your hen houses and runs? Sun or shade locations.? TIA
  3. I'm toying with the idea of a WIR of late. I'd never considered them until I saw a photo of a classic within a run - with the Classic up onto a table. It actually looked like a realistic option for my tiddly yard, as opposed to believing a WIR must be reserved for the fortunate Them With Large Gardens.
  4. Ah thank you for the replies. I didn't mean to leave it so late in returning to the thread, but....Life..Busy..! AAAnnyway. I only asked because I'm dithering between choices. I'd had my sights set on the Cube ater reading numerous posters on threads singing its praises. Since then trying to find one second hand is not happening. Either far too costly, or the distance in travelling to collect makes for difficulty. I digress.. An ad came up for a green Classic for sale, with 2 metre run. £275. Collection from round the corner from me. Since seeing the ad I've started Umm-ing and Ahh-ing over the Classic/Cube. So I wanted opinions. If you could start over again with the knowledge you have now, which house would you willingly choose. That's it really!
  5. ....Which model of Eglu would you pick as your very first hen house? I thought of posting this in the Eglu/Housing section, but there's more traffic here. I can't decide, I can't decide.
  6. How about a traditional Welsh name because he took first place at the Welsh Nationals. Arwyn means Fair/Handsom. Dylan - Named after a Sea hero (apparently) Rhodri - Named after a King Yeah? No?
  7. Oooh blimey, I had a word censored! It wasn't part.icuarly rude IMO. Does that make me a rebel?!
  8. Oh yes Grandmashazzie, *some* dentists offer payment options... Sod's law will have it that mine wont. **Bitter emoticon** This means I have to save at least £1800 just to kickstart my treatment.Its a complete pain in the "Ooops, word censored!", but its do-able as long as spending is kept reasonable with no large outgoings any time soon. My Cube fantasy and hen keeping is shelved until then.
  9. I love their little beady eyes. They remind me of toy teddy bears.
  10. <---- That's my jealous face. Minus imbilic grin. How much did you get it for? I would LOVE to buy an eglu cube but I can only dream. My money is being saved up for much needed but super £££ Invisalign treatment. *sigh* Hurruh on your buy! Enjoy it!
  11. Exciting indeed! Well after three pages of helpful advice, I now feel bold enough to trawl through other discussion boards and lurk. I may even post a response or two. Oo-er! Twas absolutely fab to natter. I'll most likely bump into most of you on other threads. Turrah!
  12. Offend? Why on earth would your post be offensive? Helpful more like. I only ask as I've mentioned before I have a completely paved over back yard. No earth anywhere, nada. To bury a chicken would mean I'd either have to bury it in a friends garden (which would be a strange converstaion), or...cremate (unlikely) or the Double Bag. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. Hope all are well, especially to those oop North braving the cold temperatures and snow. I'm in the Midlands and we have a brisk chilly wind and a bit of ice first thing but otherwise usual winter weather. I'm trying to save up for my chicken kit. I shall be buying most things second hand, so I'm estimating around £600 for the whole bundle, give or take. Tis the Cube that's gonna set me back a pretty penny.
  13. Blimey. That seems...**struggles to find the right word**..strange. I suppose it makes no difference to the chicken either way, but still...
  14. Ah I see. Well in that case I shall trial Auboise in the hen house and nesting box, with wood chippings in the run as originally planned. Seperate dust bath. I say trial as I'm duly taking notes on how Original Plans seem to bite the dust round here! Ooh this is all so exciting. I'm not writing off ever having ex batts entirely. I think I'd be more comfortable taking them on once I've got valuable experiance under my belt. Ive heard they can need more care and attention than non bats for obvious reason. Plus if I presented a group of batties to DH, I think he'd leap 6 ft away from them thinking they were diseased chicken zombies. Such is their shocking appearence. Poor things. May I ask (this is for anyone who wishes to answer), what do you do when your chook dies? Does it go in the pot?
  15. Oh don't apologise Mimi5!! the more asked, the more is answered.
  16. I want to give you all big sloppy wet kisses for all the advice and tips you've given me! You've all been very patient with my questions. If there was a Bunch of Flowers emoticon, I'd give it! Yes, I had to change my username. The original breached terms and conditions of the forum as it was the name I used on my EBay page. **bashful** I never read T&C's. I applaud you Grandmashazzie in taking on 10!!! Ex batts. Very "Ooops, word censored!"le to do so, but for a first timer, you're far braver than I. if you bought the hens around 3 months ago then I'm assuming they've settled in now and are comfortable with their new life. Do they still look as sorry for themselves and raggedy as when you first got them? This thread is proving invaluable and I shall print it out and refer back to it when nearer the time time to buy my hens. I already have my Word document saved on my computer with all my little lists put into sub categories and order. I'm beginning to run through names for my hens.. Quite fancy Cake and Custard for two hens. Jubilee sounds rather sweet and I'm toying with ideas for the last name, as I want 4 girls to start with. Many thanks for the info Shabby. I believe in prevention better than cure as they say, so Im fully intending to regularly worm my hens as opposed to when I spot them **eeek!** I wanted to ask: imagine I had only the Auboise in my run floor. No wood chipping. Would I still need to provide the dust bath in the deep sided tray for the hens, or not? I've bookmarked your link good egg. I read through it later once settled with a cuppa.
  17. I want to ask even though I shall be ordering How To...Chicken Books, what is the crop? What can go wrong with it? Why check the bum?
  18. From your post it seems horse bedding makes a good all rounder re. bedding can be placed in nest box. Doesn't have the longevity of chunky chips, having to be changed more frequently though. Wood chips can be left for a good few months in comparison. Interesting to note the Auboise seem to repel flys. Flys are the cause of Flystrike I assume? Do most people on this forum own their homes? I don't. I live in the City and my house is a rented cosy (think squished!) 3 bedroom mid terrace house with a completly slabbed little maintenance, garden. I've yet to broach the subject of chickens in the yard to my Landlord - The yard is rather unkept at the moment because of the shocking amount of autumn leaves fallen into it from next door's huge back garden tree. Plus two of the fence panels between mine and aforementioned neighbours fence has blown over, so my landlord and next doors landlord are currently in talks as how best to work out pricing and repair of them. Once the fence panels are sorted, (and realistically, it wont be done until after New Year) I shall be out there giving it all a good tidy, pressure wash the floor, weed anything that needs it, and wash all my back windows and door and make it all top notch and sparkly. Get the landlord round to see it whilst still all shiny, then ask! (plead, more like) Here's hoping he'll agree. Considering the house was left rather grubby by the previous tenants, he's very happy with the way I'm keeping his house at the moment. Says we've made all cosy and its very clean and well maintained and looked after. *preen* Another question: What illnesses/conditons are chooks most likely to succumb to? What things shall I have on standby in case of said complaints?
  19. ahhh, just seen 'Aubiose' bedding, with really postive customer feedback. That's stable bedding isn't it? So.... Aubiose bedding: Does the wind whip it around and out of the run? Does it get scattered and kicked about everywhere? How often to poo pick and thourough clean this kind of bedding. Same principle as the wood chippings? How long can it be left for until a complete over haul of the bedding is needed, and a complete layer of fresh bedding laid down? (How do you pronounce it? )
  20. Hello again. Back from dropping off DD at nursery. Tis cold out there. Lots of ice was on my car this morning. I quite fancy the cube now after sleeping on all the advice recieved. Easily swayed me! That now means I'll most likey keep 4 to start, and will allow room to grow if needs be. It also means that if a chook dies then I have the room to introduce 2 more to the flock, as recommended by a chicken breeder site, as opposed to a single which apparently is stressful for the chickens and pecking order. Dont forget to tell me about cleaning houses during sever weather people. I'm very intregued (sp?) to know its implications. I'll attatch an extension to the cube run, I think. Extra room for the chickens. And yes, to the poster who suggested 'site-ing' the Cube in different areas within my garden, that is possible to do. I just had a quick Google of horse bedding, and one particular (vair) posh horse website lists 4!! different types of bedding for stables and horses. What did the poster have in mind when suggesting the bedding, because I have no idea which one is best suited to chickens? With that in mind, I'm thinking I want running costs to be as small as possible, and bog standard wood chippings seem to be the most econmical choice. I even heard local Tree Surgeons offer all their wood chippings for free, or very next to nothing. Is that a rumor? Bet stable bedding costs £££ Anyone know how red mite gets into the garden/where they come from? I have a chicken breeder fairly close to me. Nearer the time, I shall pay them a visit. If they turn out to be no good, there are a couple more, but these are further out from me. Realistically, I wont be able to get any chooks until the mid spring. (....Though that doesnt mean I cant start buying little bits and pieces in the mean time, does it!)
  21. Need to go to bed in a bit as I have an early morning in the..er..morning(!) I'll be back to post tomorrow
  22. Oh no, I won't be getting my Eglu model from the site. My funds won't allow it. ****World's smallest violin**** It'll be Ebay for us (me!). You know..I think I'm now leaning towards the Cube! Room to grow an' all that. Thank you for the help BTW. If housing chickens in the Eglu helps minimise the risk of Red Mite, what can be done to minimise the risks of Scaly Leg and worms? (Shudder)
  23. Ahh!! But I'd only get 3 chickens if I was to get the Classic. The Cube however..... Which reminds me. What do I do with the dirty wood chippings. I don't have a composter. So I'm guessing all chippings get tipped into green bags, which will sit ready for green waste collection? Let me get this right...Chicken house and run will be placed onto my paved floor. Around these will be fixed garden edging. (I cant fathom how that will be fixed tight and secure onto the concrete floor, but that's DH's depatment, not my concern. I digress!). Within the edging and unde/in the run and house, will be a very thick layer of wood chips, which is what the chooks will scratch around in. When doing the Big Clean, do I need to rake out ALL the wood chips within the edging, absolutly everything, right down to the concrete paving? Or is it the first cm or two layer?
  24. Chickens I love. I'd love to keep chickens, I have no qualms about that. My reservation will be from how difficult it is to clean and maintain the house and area. I'm finnicky about mess and germs. I'm that annoying person you hear screeching "Ewwww! That's gross!" at the sight of a thick cobweb or seeing the starting of mold. But I love chickens and the thought of keeping the funny little things is swaying me to house some in my yard. Omlet are vocal about their runs being completly fox proof, so by that its possible to keep pop hole open at night/morning isn't it? Sorry, bit slow on the uptake here, but what do you mean? What trays? Roosting? Poo Trays? I take it you mean a sheet of material laid down in The Tray, which can be lifted with all its contents sat on top and easily tipped into bin?... Don't forget to mention which model feature had the deciding factor in choosing your house people!
  25. Must chooks be let out at first light?..

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