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  1. mullethunter

    Cream Legbar vs Aracauna

    I have an Araucana bantam who is one of my best layers. She does take a break over the winter.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    I looked for meteors last night but too cloudy 😕 Not a bad day today - cold and a bit windy but actually dry enough to get some towels dry outside. Chickens enjoyed a rare day outdoors because I was working at home so I didn’t spread my cold germs to everyone at work. Supposed to be heavy rain all day tomorrow.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    For days when I have to be outside and standing still for a long time in the winter (fishing) I put ‘hand warmers’ in my boots. It actually works and is the only way I can stop my toes going numb / painful. Also unless I’m needing to wear wellies (for work) or smart shoes (pretty much never) in cold weather I live in Ugg type boots. I used to get chilblains every winter when I was at school and had to wear proper shoes, but I never do anymore. I have raynauds too - I find it’s brought on by nervous stress as much as cold.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    To try to stop Pootle crowing at 6 in the morning (its still pitch black, whatever is he thinking?!) I’ve shut the Cube door the last couple of nights (not sure my logic follows as it is so dark at that time anyway but hey ho). When I went out to do it last night I peeped in through the egg port to see where they all were, and they looked so snuggly with 10 of them all in there (even though most of them are at war most of the time when they’re awake!). Made me smile 😊
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    The Weather Thread #9

    First day I’ve felt cold in a while. 5 degrees with rain on and off and grey. Again.
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    Hatching questions

    He does have MASSIVE boots. In fact often even though he’s funny to see I do feel sorry for him and think it’s a mean bit of breeding - he finds perches especially difficult and often steps on his own foot feathers and falls over! Poor Pootle.
  7. For me it depends how often you’d be able to let them out into their fenced area. If you work full time and so the girls would only be able to come out at the weekend, I’d agree with Cattails and say go for the extra metre in their run now, then save up and get the netting when the days are longer and you can let them out in the evenings. If, however, you’d be able to let them out every day, I would go for the netting now. Do keep in mind as well that the last couple of years it’s flu has meant that they need to be kept in a run for a few months over winter anyway - if that was to happen again then your new netting would stand unused.
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    Roundworms and help re run

    Michaela I certainly can’t improve on the advice Lewis has given, I just wanted to second what he said in that don’t feel bad it definitely sounds like you’re doing everything right. I’ve had my own chickens since 2014 and this last month has been the first time that I’ve felt the run is a mess and I feel bad for them. I have woodchip on slabs, so there’s no mud but there are lots of bits around the edges that are so wet it’s horrid. Let’s just hope we get a break from the incessant rain sometime soon.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Congrats PL 😀 and also I love the first filtered photo - the japanesey one. Geoid that’s one of my worst nightmares - it wouldn’t bother me too much in my own car but in my work van the paperwork and shame would be bad. I’m going to guess that you’re a policeman?
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    Having never seen any evidence of rats at my place, I discovered last week that one had been burrowing under the Go that I still had out in case of problems getting the Dutch girls in with the rest of the flock. Helped me get on with finishing the integration process, and having removed the food and taken the two floor trays out and back door off the house (before I had time to take house and run all apart) I haven’t seen any further sign if Mr rat. I then moved the whole run and house today.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    I am SO fed up of this wet and windy weather. Constantly worrying about the tarpaulin ripping off the chicken run. The wood chip is soaking almost everywhere even though the whole run is covered plus the the best part of 3 of the sides. Horrible.
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    Kicking out wood chip

    That’s a great idea and I have some of that hanging around 😀
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    Hatching questions

    Don’t say that CT! He already crows at bedtime!
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    Hatching questions

    Yes Pootle the Sablepoot has been crowing his little heart out for the last couple of weeks. He’s a lovely little chap and so pretty. The crowing is ok at the moment but I don’t think we will be able to keep him when he’s crowing in the summer at 5 in the morning! He’s so pretty that I’m hoping someone might want him to breed from in the spring.
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    Hatching questions

    They would have to be campine x sablepoot - not sure how that would work!