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  1. If even one of your birds gets bird flu they will ALL be culled. You also risk passing it on to other animals as well as people. Edit: Also you don't become immune to the flu, it's a virus which evolves as infects more animals. That's why there is no cure. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-flu-confirmed-in-backyard-flock-in-yorkshire
  2. The chicks are hatching! Two had fully hatched when I arrived at work this morning, one as I was just about to go home and one that hatched not long after I left. All but one have pipped.
  3. I managed to find one quiet moment this morning (before the kids arrived) and I did hear one little cheep!
  4. Two have pipped and another two are moving! I have never been more motivated to go to work as I will be tomorrow!
  5. Just found out that the chicks had been incubated for two weeks prior to receiving them. Which means they are due to hatch tomorrow or the day after. At least I won't have to wait long t see if they survived.
  6. We have 9 eggs altogether including the second incubator and whatever hatches I have promised to split with other class so hopefully both classes should have a few chicks.
  7. For those of you who don't know, I work in a school and this year I am lucky enough to be in the year group that gets to hatch chicks. Yesterday one of the incubators took a tumble and it now has only two eggs, they were only 3 days into incubation but it was still pretty unpleasant. I put them in our second incubator while I quickly cleaned out the first and popped them back in when it had come back up to temp. Do you think they'll be okay? I'm keeping everything crossed that the eggs in the second incubator hatch. Poor chicks!
  8. We didn't warn our neighbors that we were getting chickens as we've put up with their cats pooing in our garden and their dogs pooing all over the street (and not cleaning it up) and barking at night for years. Sometimes they randomly like to sing everyone a little song at about 7.30 in the morning but the only one they annoy is me! As for my neighbors they either can't hear them or like the noise (as long as we don't get a cockerel). I'm a very lazy chicken keeper too but my girls don't smell unlike the bf's uncles dog who you can smell a mile away! I'd also much rather clean up chicken poo than dog poo!
  9. Wind, snow and the broom I use to herd them back in the run.
  10. If I remember correctly, Gingernut Rangers and Warrens are the same thing. If you got the other chickens from Omlet then the darker chickens will be Miss Pepperpots. The Gingernut Ranger is a Rhode Island Red crossed with a Light Sussex and Miss Pepperpot is a Rhode Island Red crossed with a Maran and a Plymouth Rock.
  11. I wouldn't mind a drinker that my girls couldn't kick the wood chips from the run in.
  12. Same here, by the time I get home from work it's already dark . Luckily the other half is there to keep an eye on them during the day but I do miss spending time with them. Only 8 more working days 'till I'm off for Christmas though
  13. Just had the same problem with Luna (again ), she spent most of Friday on the nest, pulling out feathers (luckily not that many). I was a bit worried about her being too cold so I kept her in the garage which is warmer than the outside but not too warm. I didn't want to block off the nest as the other two are still laying, they only started laying again about 3 or 4 weeks ago. Luna went back to the run today and seems to be staying away from the nest but she isn't very happy with me!

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