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  1. Best not to separate her otherwise re-introduction can be difficult and sometimes extremely difficult. We had two sister Orpingtons. They were only separated for one night and the feathers were flying next morning! If you can't drop the perch (the lower the better) make sure the floor is well cushioned. Is she jumping straight down from the coop. or does she use the ramp? Reason I ask is we have a large cockerel who hurt his hip a few months back and it looked as though he was doing just that; jumping straight out of the coop. So a whole day was spent making new bigger and wider steps so there was plenty of room for him to walk down. Would you believe it! The hens took to them immediately but old boy still wanted to jump, but now it was even further. The result was he gets picked up out of the coop every morning and placed in the run and his hip is OK.

    Just continue with the food water. It's just going to take time.


  2. Very likely she has strained her hip and the usual reason is jumping from a height and twisting; we've had a few cases. Takes up to 6 weeks to resolve, but always has in our case. But in the meantime it is important to look very carefully at your run and coop setup to make sure there is nothing that would result in jumping down more than 30 cm (a foot in old money) and no hard surfaces to jump down onto either.

    We've recently had new hens. They are very big and heavy, so to avoid problems we've created a cushion floor under the perches using a layer of wood shavings and opened out feed bags on top. It's working well to the extent that any eggs dropped when they are on the perch (thunder can cause this) don't break or even crack.


  3. My preference would be to avoid rescues completely (they can be very aggressive) and just get two youngsters to keep her company; ones that haven't bonded earlier would be best.

    House chickens can be a bit messy; tiled or lino floors are essential and they must go outside during the day anyway. We have had a variety of house chickens, all of which went out and all came back home to roost, some in cages, some in cardboard boxes and one very special lad who had his own dog bed under the kitchen table. Sometimes that's what you have to do. We would never risk their welfare by rehoming them.


  4. Very strange weather down here. Last week we had a frost a month earlier than usual, it was very cold and we needed to light the fire. Bad time to discover that a rat had eaten through the hot air ducting so it didn't work! This morning it's 20C and set to rise to 24C with strong winds from the East, which is a direction we are not sheltered from. BBC says storms here in next few days, another unusual October event, so we'll see what happens?


  5. If they have good quality feed AND sunflower seeds they may well be getting far too much protein. I have no idea how that affects them? But I think you should look carefully at their diet because all the extras should not be necessary at all. Ours get good quality pellets and a treat of fine-ground mixed corn which they might see once a month at random. They have plenty of space and fill their time hunting for insects. We also have bantams but none of ours feather peck and haven't for years. We realised that the few cases we had were caused by boredom due to a lack of run space.

    I would be looking for lice though as they may be targeting them?


  6. Ours grow outside AndyRoo, but what is relevant is we had to move them as they were not growing well. They were in a well fertilised shaded spot at the bottom of a bank, so they didn't get enough light and the soil was, at times, too wet. They were moved to poor quality soil in a well drained sunny area and the change was immediate; went from 3 droopy leaves before they rotted, to 8 upright leaves and the colour changed from green to a pale blue. Your leaves do seem very thin and droopy buy I suspect lack of sunlight is the main problem.


  7. It's a case of making the nest box more attractive, with softer material and privacy. Having said that our six Cou-Nu have moss and curtains but one is still laying on the paper covered floor. Basically they should instinctively look for a safe place to incubate their eggs, particularly Silkies which I think are very prone to going broody. Perhaps they will get the idea soon Ted?


  8. That's a new one on me MamaCoop! Chickens are 3D space aware and know where they want to be. We have seen them confused by a coop moving position by more than a few metres and also trying to get into the nest box (broody) from all directions when the pop-hole has been shut to keep them out. They shouldn't be confused by coming out of the wrong door just once? However that's something I can't remember ever doing, because of the way our enclosures are set up. I have taken a bantam out of someone else's coop because she jumped in whilst I was cleaning it and she never went back. I can see the treats idea not working; all they are thinking about is food and not directions.

    All I can suggest is leave them to it and put them to bed or to lay through the run and to the pop-hole door if necessary. Sure they will sort themselves out in the end.

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  9. I think the Battery Hen Welfare Trust have a register of chicken competent vets. I doubt a farm vet will have the experience with 'pet' chickens as injured and individually sick hens will be despatched by the farmer and the vet only called when there is an epidemic in the flock. Charges do vary with vets, but hopefully you won't need to use them very often.


  10. There is only one way Lara and that's to go and check and then you need to check it has opened in the morning, because they do fail. Although our coop pop-holes are made to be able to fit an automatic unit we have never bothered, because if we have to check we may as well open and close them ourselves.


  11. To finish this off, we had 6 eggs in the nest boxes yesterday and one was a double yolker; none dropped in the night. But two more softies on the coop floor this morning and one didn't break so definitely two single yolk eggs. Even with the pop-hole shut they are still getting spooked at night so this morning we went in search of an electric fence energiser unit. With the heavy rain due over the next few days the ground will be soft enough for the posts and everything should be finished by the end of next week and hopefully the fox(es) will move away.

    The mystery remains unsolved.


  12. That's good thinking Daphne. The answer will be apparent today by how many eggs we get.

    I came up with a really wacky theory overnight. The two softies WERE both double yokers which both split on impact with the floor and separated exactly in half, so one yolk and half the membrane on each side. The eggs were in close pairs, so about 6" apart and the floor is covered with feed bags, so is well cushioned. Chances of that happening must be millions to one.


  13. Few days ago something spooked our 6 new hens during the night and we had three soft-shelled eggs dropped off the perches; presumably a fox or foxes trying to get into the enclosure by the coop. Result was we only had three eggs laid during the day. OK, we know we need to get the electric fencing installed as soon as the ground is soft enough for the posts. Then no more dropped eggs until today when I found four dropped; all the yolks were intact and all the split membranes were with them, so no double yolkers. The big mystery is four eggs laid today in the nest boxes as well, so as we only have 6 hens how did that happen? Now on rare occasions we've had hens laying two eggs in a day before, being a normal egg followed a few hours later by a softie, so eight eggs from six hens is remotely possible I think, but not with the soft shelled egg laid first surely? We'll be closing their pop-hole at night now until the electric fence is completed, which hopefully will stop them being disturbed.

    Any explanations will be gratefully received.


  14. We use water based wood primer and then one coat of white exterior oil based gloss on our plywood wood floors, but you can't apply that when the coop is in use because of the fumes and drying time. We don't wash ours down weekly though; perhaps just once a year and we don't use disinfectant either, just weak washing up warm water.


  15. We use it and it works, but we only give them layers pellets and don't feed them anything else. Just one dose should see a result after about a week. Best added to the water in their drinker at the concentration suggested, so use a small drinker as it doesn't go very far. You may find that the Nettex, bran and kefir are unnecessary and may be causing the problem?


  16. Bars and restaurants close from tonight in M*****ille and the owners are still protesting. However a study on the TV this morning showed that you are 2 ½ times more likely to catch Covid in a restaurant and 4 times more likely in a bar; places to be avoided because social distancing is frequently compromised.

    Haven't heard of that 'long Covid' Patricia as it hasn't been mentioned here. I do remember a friend had flu and thinking it was just a cold went jogging; that put him in hospital. Sorry to hear about your niece though.

    There is a new and hard hitting government advert running at the moment. It shows three youngsters ignoring social distancing and then takes you to grandmothers birthday party where they all give her presents and a hug. Next shot she's in intensive care and the Doctor says she's already on 100% Oxygen, so it looks like she's going to go.


  17. We've had two eggs from one hen in a day many times now Keri from different hens, but the thing in common was the first egg was perfect and the second had no shell, so laid too early. Then no eggs the next day because that egg had already been laid. Just sorted itself out without any treatment from us.

    Soft shelled eggs can result from disturbance during the night. We had one coop last week with 3 eggs dropped from the perch; presume it was a fox frying to get into the run, so electric fencing is a job that needs doing soon.


  18. I think the original post referred to the flare-up of the inoculation viruses caused by a temporary collapse of the immune system as a result of stress; in this case moving home. The symptoms disappear when they settle down, so after a few days. In your case it may be different, but you haven't given enough detail. The other possibility is a respiratory infection, or the onset of one. In my experience this is the result of exposure to fungal spores and they can arise from wet bedding, wet run surfaces, or in our case condensation on the underside of roof of the coop which caused mould growth. Check the underside of the roof and the other options and clean as necessary. If the symptoms don't subside in two days she needs a vet for antibiotics and you need to find the cause.

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  19. It was an article covered in the news this morning Daphne, so I can't help with an internet search as it's probably too early to be on there. Slow results seems to be a problem everywhere,  including France, so a bit pointless opening new testing sites I think? Normal health testing is still going on here, so I can't see any evidence of switching to Covid testing, which must need specialist equipment anyway.

    Also featured on the news was the UK starting panic buying again, something the French can't understand. The reporter showed a picture of a woman with a shopping trolly filled to overflowing with only toilet roll. They do have regular features here from reporters based in London; John Bercow had a fair bit of coverage as has BoJo.


  20. Welcome to the forum Brent.

    Perhaps they have started their moult and will stop laying over Winter, as normally happens. There is no magic trick to make a hen start laying again, simply because hens can only lay on average 600 eggs in their lifetime, which is how many they have in the one ovary that works. Now that's an average figure and doesn't account for any physical problems. We've had plenty of hens stopped laying at 3 years, plenty that didn't give 600 and plenty that didn't get to 3 years; we even have one at 10 ½ who has never laid an egg! So perhaps she has simply run out?


  21. Sums it up very well DM.

    Going crazy in France now. A second wave is in no doubt and a new system of risk designation by Departments (Counties) has been started. Coloured nothing, pink, red and black corresponding to the number of infections per 100,000 being <50, <150, <250 or >250. M*****ille (black) has been locked down again amid much protest, having a figure of 499 per 100,000. Hospital facilities there are already stretched. There were again over 13,000 new cases in France yesterday and the number of people in reanimation (intensive care) is now back over 1000, having risen from 3000 and 300 just two weeks ago. There are now about 30 departments in 'red' and even our 'backwater' is pink after a care home was tested and 43 of the 58 residents and 13 of the 30 staff tested positive. I hope the UK has reacted quickly and effectively enough.


  22. Well here it is! After just 20mm of rain in 9 weeks the temperature has plummeted and its pouring down. Forecast lady says to expect a month and a half of rain over today and tomorrow and in the mountains 40cm of snow. Summer feels a long time ago already.


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