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  1. Ah, thank you - it helps to share. Feeling ok today, was just a bit shocked and sad about it to be honest as she was only a young hen.


    I haven't been on the forum for a while. Gavclojak, you've had so much to deal with. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad but how lovely to get married with all of your family there - lovely memories. I hope things get brighter soon for you and your family. And you're right about the girls, sat out for a bit with them today and they soon make you smile, even if you don't feel like it.


    Redsunset, I'm always telling people about the lady on the chicken forum who lives in the Outer Hebrides, who has chickens that sleep outside, in the trees :) I was sorry to read about the chickens you lost recently. Must have been hard; I'm pleased to hear that things are now on the up.


    I hope you Mom's ok Mullethunter and your girls too Luvachicken :)

  2. I had Poppy put to sleep last Friday due to peritonitis. I know it was the right thing to do but I still felt upset about it.


    Then today in some sort of freak accident, I lost one of my two sablepoots, Lemon (please ignore my signature, needs updating). I was at work but my DD was in the garden and OH was watching the chickens from the house. It seems that Penny jumped on her back and broke her neck - she died before they even got her into the house. I've never heard anything like this before, can't quite believe it's happened and that I've lost two girls so close together :(

  3. Thanks ever so much, you've all helped to make my mind up and I'm going to accept the offer tomorrow :anxious:


    I would say it is a self confidence thing and as I didn't really expect to get the post I originally applied for, I was taken by total surprise by the offer of a secondment. The job is going to stretch me far beyond my comfort zone and I'm a little anxious about it but it is a great opportunity and like you've all said, I've got nothing to lose and some good experience to gain! Aargh, I'm so nervous! :lol::anxious:

  4. Hi all, I haven't been on for a while so I hope everyone is well :D


    I'm in need of some omleteer advice! I interviewed for a job last week, still in the department where I work but for a full time (and better paid) position. I had a chat with my line manager yesterday (who is really supportive) and found out that someone else was slightly better qualified and had more experience than me, so I didn't get the position this time. Well that was absolutely fine with me, I hadn't had an interview for five years so it was worth applying, even to refresh my interview skills and I did think I was punching a bit above my weight to be honest. However, he has now offered me a secondment (with the same job spec) to cover maternity leave and I don't know what to do! I could stay in my part time (rather comfortable) position or accept the secondment with the risk that I would have to drop back down to my original position/ pay (which I think might be soul destroying). I'm also having a slight crisis of confidence now, wondering if I can actually DO the job after all :anxious:



  5. Oh no! Here I was thinking that having 2 broodies was bad enough. We've constructed a double broody cage out of omlet mesh for our silkies who went broody on the same day, began laying after broodiness on the same day and have now gone broody again, yep, on the same day :wall: Plus they laid an egg in the cage just to make me feel guilty :roll:


    Sorry, no useful advice there :lol: I'll shut up now...

  6. Thank you both :D I just wanted to post one last update because today Poppy laid an egg :dance: the first one since before she was poorly. I'll be keeping a close eye on her but for now she's doing really well. I've never been so happy to see a chicken, well, do chickeny things :D

  7. I've been using Avipro too, so it might not be a coincidence that it appears to be helping. I've been giving Poppy some Nettex vit boost + as well because I couldn't get hold of any nutri drops. She has ate a fair bit of food this evening too. Me and OH were watching, sort of holding our breath waiting to see whether she was going to eat or walk away from the feeder but she ate and then ate some more!! :dance:

  8. Aww she looks lovely in that photo, what a sweetheart. I'm sorry I haven't got any additional advice but I agree that ACV does work wonders and a fecal sample is a good idea too. The vet did one for Poppy and rang with the results the next day. Retfords offer a good service too. Anyway, I hope she's doing ok!

  9. Ah thank you Mrs B, especially as you have had such an awful time lately.


    I just wanted to post a little update on Poppy. She seems to be showing some signs of improvement. Don't get me wrong, she's not 100% and she needs to regain some weight but she is showing interest in food, is wandering around the garden a little more and has had a dustbath the last couple of days. Her poos are fairly solid and are not green anymore. She still has periods of looking a bit puffy and standing still but this seems to be getting a little less often. She's not out of the woods yet but for now it's looking a bit more positive...

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