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  1. Red mites invasion on soil - help!

    Are you sure these are red mites because they stay hidden during the day and only emerge at night to feed on chickens? I read recently of an infestation initially thought to be red mites that turned out to be 'springtails' which were feeding off spores on a Christmas tree. They got everywhere including into the chicken coop and the owners house. They also jump up from the ground or any surface and get into clothing.
  2. To straw or not to straw!!!!

    Straw is a no because red mite can hide in the hollow stems. We use newspaper on the coop floor (cheap, easy to clean and easy to see the poo) and wood shavings over a cut-up feed sack in the nest boxes.
  3. Sounds like they don't like the roosting bar and would prefer not to use it. If they are unhappy with their environment they won't lay. I'd redesign the roosting bar so it's level and about 18" off the ground and make it 3" square with rounded corners so they don't hurt their feet, then see what happens.
  4. Sounds like a very old egg Saviobarnes that has has dried up in the recent heat. Where did you find it?
  5. The most important thing is to give her water Emily and no food. She may not want to drink on her own so you will need a syringe or dropper. Wrap her in a towel to stop the wing flapping, open her beak carefully so as not to strain the lower and grip the upper firmly with two fingers. Then give her a few mL at a time, giving her time to swallow. You will be aiming to give her 10mL five times a day, if she has room in her crop. Keep up the gentle crop massaging. Green poo can be the sign of internal infection, but also a sign of extreme discomfort or a result of eating vegetation. A good sign is if she is passing solids and not just water. This means she hasn't got an impacted digestive system, just one in the crop which you should be able to break up and shift through. Good luck and well done for trying; hope she is OK.
  6. It looks exactly the same shape as an egg, which suggests to me that there wasn't much of an air cell and it simply couldn't get its head out from under the wing to pip. What was the humidity set at for the first 18 days? Having said that it does look like there is a leg in the way as well, which may have happened when trying to manoeuvre itself? We hatched some Wyandottes two years ago and struggled to develop the air sack: as a result one was dead in shell. The machine was run dry in a room with 75% humidity at 20C, so in the incubator it should have been somewhere below 40%. Some shells are more porous than others, so sticking to the published humidity figures may not always work.
  7. Lone chicken

    Most probably she will go back to the coop to lay. The only time we've seen hens laying elsewhere was when they couldn't lay in the coop, either because of bullying, going broody or red mite in the nest box.
  8. Lone chicken

    In my experience some take to it well but others don't. If she stops talking, eating and goes into a daydreamy state after a week you know it isn't going to work. They are a flock animal and certainly need some full-time company, but that doesn't have to be another chicken. It does depend on their occupation throughout the day and wandering free can work, but confined to a small run alone doesn't ever I think.
  9. Treadle feeder training

    Firstly there must be no other feeders out or treats given. They may get a bit hungry but it doesn't matter short term. The treadle feeder must be securely wedged fully open so it will need to be under cover from rain (you might get some); leave it like that for a week. The second stage is to wedge it partially open, so that their weight fully opens it, for another week. Then leave it closed by which time they should be used to the opening motion and not be frightened. You may need to lubricate the hinge points and alter the balance with weights stuck under the treadle (car wheel balance lead weights). We have a grandpas feeder which has been balanced up and lubricated but never used, so I am just quoting from their instructions to some extent. I've heard people have had to take the process a lot slower than suggested so it could perhaps take a month? Don't think they will work well for a mixed weight flock or very light birds? What bothers me is if a bird is feeding from the side when the one at the front gets off the treadle. I haven't had a look at our feeder for years but seem to remember it had side plates to prevent that situation?
  10. Pesky Foxes

    Sounds like a squirrel. How would a fox put eggs into a birds nest?
  11. Leghorn bantams lay well. White eggs around 40 grammes daily. They are very confident chickens, only had one broody for just a day and all extremely flighty, so any run must have a closed top and attempts at free-ranging in the garden will result in them roosting high in any trees, well out of reach. Problem is the fox knows they are there and will snatch the first to touch ground in the morning so free-ranging at any time is not an option.
  12. Mon emmenager en france/My move to France

    Lovely looking place. Down here in the far Southwest they don't build them that well; basically four piles of stones with a roof. You'll definitely need shade for the chickens in Summer so you may need to move them under the trees or build an airy shelter. Bamboo roofing works well as it lets the heat out. Our removal Company didn't lose anything but to make up for it they broke a lot just packing it into too small a loadspace. £750 claimed on the insurance!
  13. Herefordshire here we come!

    We have solar lights around our roses which has stopped the deer eating the buds Valkyrie. It works here so it may work there? We also have lights around the hens enclosure which consists of electric netting surrounded by two electric lines. Electric netting itself doesn't work well as it shorts readily to earth, but used as the earth circuit it is excellent and we have a full voltage reading all round the 100 metres.
  14. What breed is he?

    He's quite an old Buff Orpington; perhaps 5. In time they develop hip problems on account of their overweight chest, which has been promoted over the last 20+ years for the show standard. They also have ingrowing and distorted feather when they get older as the Buff Orpington was created in a hurry (20 years I read, without properly selected breeding) and isn't the same origins as the original colours of black, white and later Jubilee (for Queen Victoria I think). The hens have these problems to a far lesser extent. Our old boy is now 8, can't walk more than a few feet, struggles to stand and needs regular inspections as the ingrowing feathers get infected.
  15. Possibly peritonitis, but she may be able to recover and absorb the eggs. The important thing is to keep her moving about. If she goes into remission her abdomen may be infected and … so it's bad news. The photo shows a hen laying a softie, so it's all a waiting game.

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