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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Weird lumps on chickens back

    I have absolutely no idea, which isn't very helpful I know. But if she is happy leave her alone I think.
  7. Is this Vent Gleet?

    It could simply be a gut flora imbalance which has now been severely compounded by the antibiotics, which kill off the gut flora completely? You can also find. as we have, that using anti-inflammatories causes cankers, so you need to check her throat for cream coloured growths. I would recommend an emergency dose of Avipro Avian anyway, administered as a 10mL syringe slowly down the throat daily for a week. Then if she has cankers feed her a teaspoon of chopped onions daily until they clear, although they may be too advanced and will need more vet medication in the form of Flagyl I think; it's been many years since we needed it.
  8. odd aggression by cockerel

    As said, this is normal behaviour in Spring. Never stand between him and the hens and feeding just him so that he can call the hens over is definitely the way to go, as feeding his hens directly will be a challenge to his authority. Picking them up can work but I'd advise you to be wearing glasses.
  9. Hatching questions

    Our Wyandottes lay pointy eggs and they hatch fine Mullethunter. The air cell will be fine I'm sure; just good sign they have them.
  10. Omlet Chicken Fencing

    The poles on our net are a good quality reinforced plastic fitted with a top cap to locate the mesh and a zinc plated steel foot to stick into the ground. Overall a very good net because there are enough poles to stop the netting from sagging too much and the gate arrangement makes access easy. Good height as well. We have had one in continuous use for 5 years now.
  11. Introducing one chicken to existing two

    As said, the breeder should not have let you have one alone. She will be destined to a lonely bullied life whatever happens. You can add two to one if you are careful, but not one to two with safety without a rather complex and time consuming process. Adding a single hen is extremely difficult and requires neutral ground, not the existing coop and run in it's current location. You move the two established ones out and put them somewhere else. Then put the newcomer into the run and coop in a new location and leave her to establish herself. She will quickly be lonely, so move the original two close to her. Wait a week and then put the two in. If you haven't the facilities or ability to move the coop and run it will be down to luck. Make sure you add an extra feeder and drinker as that's when the newbie will be bullied. Adding another hen now is courting disaster I think. You would need to separate and add one to one and then re-introduce both pairs on new ground.
  12. I think you would have to move the Cube into a warm barn and let the chickens run inside the barn, rather than letting them roam outside as -30C is far too cold. I have seen pictures of a large insulated shed used to house chickens over Winter.
  13. Poorly hen?

    She looks a picture of perfect health Merlah, although that is a large crop. They usually eat morning and evening, so if she's going to top hers up it will be huge. Worth checking her crop is completely empty in the morning as well; no hard lumps that could be going sour.
  14. Poorly hen?

    It's also possible that she is just fat. Worth noting where she roosts and comparing the poo pile compared to the others, or checking the size of her crop at night compared to the others. If you are giving treats make sure they are kept to a minimum, just a small percentage of their diet and avoid sweetcorn.
  15. Flukes?

    You could try Verm-X on small bread squares Mullethunter. We had a couple of cases of unidentified long thin red worms coming out in knotted clumps the size of a thimble. At first glance they looked like shed intestinal lining and it wasn't until they came out alive we realised we had a problem. Flubenvet didn't affect them as I think they lived in the ceacal ducts, but Verm-X worked for some reason. Perhaps her gut flora isn't fully effective either so try Avipro Avian as well?