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    Egg eating

    Thank you The Dogmother, i forgot about the bumper bits. i haven't needed them for years. i'll try that 😊
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    Egg eating

    Hi one & all. one of my 3 year old hybrids has started eating her egg in the nest box. i am unsure if the egg is breaking on lay so it is easy to then eat, or if she is pecking it open ? she doesn't always do it & will not touch any of the other girls eggs. she doesn't do it every egg lay, but i want to stop her. it's been a couple of weeks now. i am not usually around to go & collect the egg before she has had a go at it. so i can't stop her that way. i'm not sure if a rubber egg would help as she doesnt touch the other eggs. she has full access to mixed grit, oyster grit, course mash, mixed corn. treats of sunflower seeds & dried mealworms. my 4 ladies have a large area to roam / play/ rumage/ etc. in so it's not boardom. any ideas anyone ??
  3. Hi i have a 2+ year old amber star which is currently going through treatment for bumblefoot, which is getting better, but this morning whilst wrapping her in a towel to administer medicine i noticed she has V.small mid brown things coming off her. on further investigation i see she has them under her wings & other places. i have looked into treatment for her unwanted visitors & found that there are two different treatments for either Red mite & Lice . as stated on this forum. on looking at lots of pic's of lice & red mite i am siding on Lice but not a 100% sure ( they remind me of fleas). i have just purchased Xeno200, but until it arrives is there anything i can do for her other than dusting her with Diatomaceous powder... & other than trying to catch my other girls to see if they have anything on them, dark brown/grey colours are going to make it even harder to find anything. i have checked the coop & i can't see any evidence of Red Mite,
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    Very Loud clucking from a POL BLuebell

    Hi guys thank you for all your messages, i think things are sorting themselves out within the flock, but then i haven't been home during the day.. just hoping the weekend is a little quieter than last week. yes i have young children & dogs all around so i should be ok. & the neighbors have been ok for the past 5 years with all the other hens i have had..
  5. Hi All i have just got 3 POL hybrids (5 days ago) to replace 3 old hybrids due to old age. One of my new girls is a hybrid BLuebell & she has a very loud call/yell. it happens before & after she lays a small egg for about 15 mins either side ( hoping they will get bigger with her getting older fingers crossed) & now it has started 1st thing in the morning.. is it because the pecking order hasn't fully been sorted out with the other hens ? im just wondering if i need to start to think about rehoming her already if she is not likely to calm/ quieten down. i don't really want to get rid of her but i'm concerned the neighbours might start complaining about the noise. they do have a good sized run with bushes, trees, places to hide, scratch around with many water & feed stations. & two places to lay eggs. any ideas please guys.
  6. hi all, my X stop electric fence mains energiser has desired to stop working it still clicks but has lost it's kick. ( i have done all the checks with the wie connections etc ) i'm Derbyshire based and so far i have found a company that will only mend their own makes of energisers. does anyone know of someone or a company i can get it repaired. i would rather mend than buy another one. but if i do have to buy a new one does anyone have suggestion. it has to contend with grass & vegetation possible touching wire.
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    very soft/ broken shell eggs

    Cheers for ideas, they always get a handful of dried mealworms morning & evening. i'll try mixing the cod liver oil into the feed.
  8. Hi All. i have one poss 2 ladies. (rescued from a free range farm 2 1/2 years old approx lohan brown ) are laying very soft, broken shelled eggs nearly every day. this has been going for quite a while. ( 2 months approx) they have been wormed recently, there are many pots of mixed grit around run. they are fed haygate layers pellets. & there is ACV in all water feeders. there is no change in their general well-being. coop regularly dusted & checked for Red mite. 3 other girls of different breeds & older are laying normal eggs with no problems. i have tried putting calcium powder lightly mixed in with their end of day mixed corn treats but with no signs of change. Now stopped as worried about what it would do to the others. Does anybody have any ideas how to get their shells stronger.
  9. morning all. i have a greedy black rock about 3 years old who has a CV of Sour & impacted crop. the impacted crop had to be operated on last year to empty . last Saturday she must of eaten something in the run that has set her off again. i gave her till Monday morning to clear on her own, no such luck. so into the sick pen. so emptied crop over 24 H, staved for 24H then ACV feed twice a day & only water. seemed to go down after a few days so i gave her a little food. now the food seems stuck in her crop as i can feel the pellets. so now giving her liquid paraffin to try to move the food. & i even gave her live white maggots to see if they would help, she loved them as you would guess. thou this morning she has both Sour crop with the food still not moving. any ideas what i can do now before i phone the vets. as she's now got stitches in her crop i'm worried as not to damage the crop. (stitches are about 5 months old) & to top it all i am meant to be going on holiday Next Sun & neighbours are looking after my girls & syringe feeding & crop emptying is one step to far to ask them to do.
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    Fox Dispatching

    i have suffered over the years with a few fox hits. the first one was as a new chicken keeper & all had been fine for 18 months, then all but one got taken. it was was a lowish fence, so my fault really. i raised the fence all the way round, then they found a way to climb over a 6" wooden fence from next door & it was more that one fox, so i put a higher fence on that side. they have also managed to climb a wire 7" fence, which now has razor wire around the top & dug down to bury deep boards to stop digging under. but my best deterrent has been a mains powered electric fence around the whole run. in the middle of the night during breeding season ( & most of the year ) i have heard a lot of yelping as they touch it. i also have solar security lights in the run so they will go off if something has got in the run & it helps me walk around the run at night to put the girls to bed. i haven't had a hit recently but i'm still very vigulent. they do have a large run but no free ranging if i'm not in the garden. i also will not let them out until i have had a quick check of the run. i did loose a flock by using the automatic door opener in the morning way before i got up & checked the run. never again. thou i do use it for the winter as they are in bed well before i get home from work. i also have one of those nature capture camera's that i sometimes put out in the garden in various places to see what is going on in the garden while i'm asleep. you'll be quite surprised what you'll see. i didn't know i had a hedgehog until i looked at the footage. & i know know what my cat gets up to at night !! After you've read all this you'll be thinking i'm going over the top or i live in fox city, i'm just not willing to loose any more girls. i am urban so the foxes are not worried at all about humans.
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    rubber or wood chippings ?

    Thank you for the link for Eden tree, especially as im going to be using a few tonne of chipping the girls will think it's their birthday
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    rubber or wood chippings ?

    Thank you one & all & for stopping me make a very costly mistake. I'm going for a heavy membrane but with small gage chicken wire over the top so my girls don't rip the membrane in about 2 days, as this will be going down on soil, so i'm just doing the measurements & ££ as it's a large space & totally exposed to the weather
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    rubber or wood chippings ?

    would you use a weed suppressant membrane or straight onto the ground. as would the girls not dig them into the ground / mud ?
  14. i'm thinking of upgrading the flooring / ground in my outdoor run. currently it's just earth. it was grass but they have killed that, but with all this wet weather it's more like Glastonbury on a bad day. but still trying to choose rubber or wood chippings. what have others gone with & what's the pros & cons ? any advice
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    ACV or Not ACV for sour crop ???

    My Jessica is a black rock & Has always been a greedy girl from the day i got her. she always seems to want more food than anyone else. most of the time she can empty her crop, it's just every now and again she doesn't manage to clear it. i don't think there is another underlying problem. i couldn't feel any hard lumps in the crop. I've put her back in with the other girls & keeping an eye on her. if need be she'll be put back on a water diet for a day & ACV.