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  1. £15 at our vets which i didnt think was too bad really
  2. give the neighbour a box eggs now and again and keep them sweet : ))
  3. yeah im hoping that will work - i went down a fair few times last night for a chat and a shake of the mealworm tub !! they really are lovely hens - beautiful colours - just need some TLC X
  4. thanks mimi - i hadnt thought of that - we do need to check one of them over actually - so might try tonight at bedtime!! it wasnt me that let them FR - hubby !!! say no more !!! It was fine until we tried to get them back i n - took 30 mins and needed both of us !! Hubby wont be doing that again quickly !!! Last night i just sat in with them for a while - slowly slowly is how its got to be x
  5. I think that is probably how these 3 will be mullet hunter - slow and steady i guess thanks for the reassuring comments - did feel this morning that we maybe had made a mistake !
  6. thanks Mimi5 yes they are separated in the WIR but can see each other - we got them yesterday and they all FRed today for a very short time and it was all quite calm really - only trouble was it took 40 mins to get the newbies back in !! Our plan is to try and sit in with them as much as poss and slowly win their trust but i think it will take a long long time. We have trained ours to come back in when the mealworm tub is shaken so again that is the plan for the newbies - but no corn - they are proper huge !!! Can believe 2 years ago we had 4 chucks and now we have 10 !! oh my goodness !! Pics - sorry I'm not very good with technology but i will try thanks again x
  7. Hi there We have just adopted 3 more hens - we think they are around 2 years old - that seem to be totally feral and doesnt look like they have been handled much at all. Its quite a shock for us as all our hens have always been handled and so let us pick them up (even the fussy ones) We realise it is going to take quite some time to tame these new girls - any hints or tips to make things easier ?? They seem quite overweight too and I think they have been over feed on corn thanks in advance
  8. another good tip is to hand out free eggs occasionally - keeps them sweet !!!
  9. we have 7 chucks (soon to be 10) and i can say that only 1 of them is noisy and only really when she lays an egg. My neighbours have told me they like the sound of the chucks and I think its like anything - you will probably think they are noisier than they are because you are listening out for them... good luck - getting hens was the best thing we ever did x
  10. the wind ! mainly the new ex-bats bless em !
  11. p.s i always hold the hens and hubby fits the bumpas - we got some cheap pliers from amazon and the bumpas from there too xx
  12. we have a feather pecker in our gang too - bumpas bits are the only thing that has worked for us - she had one on for about 3 months and then we removed it - had to refit a few months ago when we got 4 more exbats but we will remove it soon - its a habit that needs to be broken They never look comfortable to be honest but she doesnt mind once shes stopped sulking ! good luck
  13. if it does come with the run and netting and you dont need it - just flog those bits back on ebay !!
  14. Thanks The Dogmother - it doesnt look like a recent wound, seems to be quite well healed but I will keep an eye on it - thanks for replying x
  15. Hi there This might be a silly question but does anyone know if a chickens preen gland will grow back ?? We picked up 4 exbats on Saturday and one of them has obviously had some sort of injury/attack as her preen gland is basically not there/sort of healed over. any ideas ? and will she be ok without it if it doesnt grow back ??
  16. we got a rabbit hutch off gumtree for £15 - refelted the roof and waterproofed it and its as good as new - we put our oldies in there and gave the new ex bats the luxury of the eglu ! We have very feisty oldies so its helped to knock them down a peg or two !! haha good luck - our 4 newbies ( got on Sat) are doing fab and put themselves to bed last night - so lovely giving them a new home x
  17. bag and bin for me too - doesnt really feel right but the cost of cremating them is instead used to buy some more ex bats/ex commercials and give them a new life and happy retirement.
  18. BHWT are also rehoming on 29th November in Coventry...We have 4 booked to collected
  19. yes she was a lucky lady - she was the smallest, cheekiest and my favourite..she had a few last grubs this morning and hubby took her off to the vet. bless her....night night little red hen xx at least she had 12 months of freedom xx
  20. Just had to put the first one of our exbats to sleep. WE have lost 2 chickens previously but this our first ex bat to die. Feeling sad and only u guys here know how it feels She had a good 12 months with us
  21. we went with plan a but a short version - over about 3 weeks. good luck
  22. we get all shapes and sizes in eggs - its normal !! treats - ours love meal worms and we only usually give them at the end of the day once they have had their fill of their mash/pellets - its also a brilliant way to get them back in the run !! as soon as they hear the tub shaking they start running. Good luck with ur chucks - they are brilliant x
  23. not sure you will find any container that will keep the dirt in !!! Ours have an old belfast sink....TRied a garedn trug before too - one of the big deep ones - that also was emptied in a matter of minutes !!!
  24. Haha my whole garden started looking like that - until i took action !!! little darlins !!

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