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Rob Thomson

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  1. Ours are from the BHWT. I'll give them a call tomorrow to see if our hens are still under warranty...
  2. Hello, I wonder if anyone in the Weston-super-Mare area can help us fit a Bumpa Bit? We've had our ex-batts for just over two months. Just over a week ago we noticed one of our girls (Milly) behaving very aggressively towards another of our chickens (Anita). Then on Tuesday morning I opened the Eglu to find Anita - who's always been the quietest and most submissive of our three girls - with her back covered with blood from several wounds including a 20p sized 'hole' just behind her neck. She'd obviously been pecked very savagely. We ordered some BUmpa Bits, and while we've been waiting for them to arrive we've kept the chickens separated. We tried removing Milly, but even the other chicken (Pamela) seems to have it in for poor little Anita when they're in the Eglu. Currently little Anita's sleeping in the downstairs loo (where it's quite cool) but she's been in the garden lots during the days with the bully kept out of harm's way in the Eglu. Pamela seems okay with Anita as long as they're in the garden where there's room for them to keep away from each other. Anyway, we've tried but failed yesterday and today to fit the Bumpa Bits to Milly and Pamela. We can't hold their heads firmly enough to stop them wriggling and they won't open their beaks. On a couple of ocassions we've come close, but the Bumpa wasn't fitted properly and we had to remove it again. We've been using circlip pliers. Is there anyone local who might be able to show us how it's done? Many thanks, Rob & Ceris.
  3. I also meant to answer Grandmashazzie's post above... yes, they are wonderful pets, we absolutely love them. We've had them for nearly two months but over the last two or three weeks they suddenly seem a lot more interactive - they come running whenever we walk into the garden, they fuss around under our feet, they're a lot happier being handled. They're brilliant little things, and we're getting on average a couple of eggs per day which is a great bonus. We should have done it years ago.
  4. Hello all, Thanks very much for taking the time to reply and for your helpful suggestions, we'll definitely look into some tonics for them. I do worry a bit that she'll be cold when the temerature drops (forecast for this weekend) but they've got an Eglu Classic which always seems to be pretty warm inside when I open the door in the mornings. Do you reckon she'll be okay or I do I need to knit her a jumper? Cheers, Rob.
  5. Hello all, I'm a first time poster, and also new to this chicken keeping malarkey so please be nice! My better-half and I adopted three hens from the BHWT in mid-November. They seem to have settled in well, they seem to enjoy their new home, and we're loving having them in our lives. When we collected the hens all three were missing most of their feathers on their backs, bellies and necks. Two of the three have had pretty good re-growth, they're still a bit untidy but they're massively better than they were. The other - which happens to be our favourite - has some new feathers on her belly and neck but her back remains as bare as the day we collected her. Initially we put this down to the others pecking off new growth (to the point that she had bloody areas and scabs on her back), but the pecking seemed to stop several weeks ago. We've been feeding them Smallholder Ex-Bat crumb, corn in the afternoons whenever we're at home, and a fair amount of mealworm because we love them so much. Any ideas how we can help Milly's feathers grow back? Many thanks, Rob.

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