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  1. No worries. It is advice you see very often on websites to lock them in the coop for two days straight. Which does nothing but stress them out. Mine where far from tempted to go out and explore at first too, but I had them in May, so chucked them out to get on with it. They were 10 weeks though, so little bit more independent (well technically 😉)
  2. Do I need to check if she's egg bound?

    It is treatable, but I think it depends on the condition of the hen and the severity. One of mine did perk up after treatment, but fell ill again a few months after and had to be pts. Nothing much you can do about this. Some breeds/hens seem to be more prone to this. I have hen since 2014 and so far have lost 3. 1 to peritonitis, 1 to recurring prolapse and 1 to mareks. All of them around the 2 year mark.
  3. Do I need to check if she's egg bound?

    Squishy underside sounds more like peritonitis, but like Mullet says, wait to see what the vet says. One of my hens got a antibiotics injection and daily antibiotic drops to be administered in the beak. Wait to see what the vet says, but maybe see if you can find a chickensavvy sitter or boarding place for your holiday.
  4. Do I need to check if she's egg bound?

    Luckily YOU don’t do anything, since YOU are on holiday! but would leave the vets phone number with your chicken sitter. Sitting around with tail up isn’t such a worry. One of my chickens doesn’t always perch, but sometimes sits around in the dirt too. Chickens are funny little things. When in doubt, I would ring a vet.
  5. Do I need to check if she's egg bound?

    Sitting around with tail down is not really normal behaviour. When you pick her up, feel her tummy with your. You should be able to feel her breastbone, but it shouldn’t feel “sharp”. So the muscle on the sides of the bone should still feel firm and not sucken in. Also feel between her legs. Her underside should be firm and not squishy. Squishy could also be compaired with a waterfilled balloon. Her crop should be full, but not really big and feel firm, but not a hard ball. Squishy crop isn’t good either. (Really... no part of a chicken should be squishy...)
  6. Eglu netting

    Only if the eglu is closed. And bear in mind, foxes also visit during the day as many here can sadly tell you. Any open topped enclosure won’t be completely safe and even walk-in runs might not always be enough to keep foxes from visiting.
  7. Eglu netting

    My smaller bantams can reach around 1.60m, wings clipped and all... but ex-industry hens aren’t that nimble and light. Although like mullet says, you always have that one hen.
  8. Do I need to check if she's egg bound?

    Oh no! have you managed to give her a once over? If you do, do the same to a healthy hen, so you know what to feel for. If I take a hen to the vet, I bring two. So the vet has a comparison too. My vet is really good, but doesn’t see chickens very regularly. At first he thought I was a bit silly for bringing a healthy chicken, but soon discovered that it was quite handy to have a healthy comparison.
  9. Might be a good indicator, but deff not always the case. One of my black Dutch bantams had white earlobes, but layed cream eggs. My white Dutch lays white to whitish eggs, but don’t think she has white earlobes.
  10. I would really advice against leaving your chickens in a coop during the daytime. Especially in summer, temperatures can easily get much too high. Also, they will decide the coop is home in their own time and really don’t have to be shut in for that.
  11. They are rather young, so might just physically not be able to get up the ladder. Many here have made a ramp instead of the Cube ladder. How many nights have you been doing this? It will take them a while to get the hang of it. Also what do you call night? Chickens normally go to bed at dusk, with the odd exception going before dusk. They are practically night blind so should take themselves in before it really goes dark.
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    Noooo idea! Still find it annoying too.
  13. I would do exactly that. Make sure the other two can get to bed and then pop the trouble maker in with them.
  14. Do I need to check if she's egg bound?

    Chickens are little worry machines... not laying every day isn’t odd. They sometimes take a break. Lipton hasn’t laid in weeks as she was moulting. Other things that make them feel poorly is when they lay a softy (shellless egg).
  15. Rhododendron branches?

    Hahaha funny! Mine devoure tomato and potato plants given a chance. Same with any other plants that supposed to be poisonous. They even stripped a foxglove bare when I didn’t pay attention.

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