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mullethunter

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  1. Sounds like you don’t have any choice sadly - you can’t leave her to starve to death. Definitely the right thing to do.
  2. If the gravel drains then it may be less wet. But the trouble is that they’ll mix the aubiose (and poo) in with the gravel - you’ll never be able to clean it, and so the only option will be to dig the whole lot up and find some way to dispose of it. Can you just shove a few slabs on top of the gravel for the time being and put the run on that?
  3. If you really can move them to fresh grass every time they exhaust where they are, and they’re getting on OK, then you’ll probably get away with their 3m. But as DM says you would be better with at least 4m - particularly as there may be occasions when they have to stay in. I think you’re probably right though that it would be very difficult and unwieldy to move at that length so would probably have to be fixed and set up as the Dogmother says above.
  4. Personally I’d wait and see how they get on with the width of it before changing it. One of mine sleeps in the run (out of choice - there’s plenty of room in the Cube with everyone else 🙄) on a perch made of baton which is inch and a half by 1 inch I think. Height wise I think it’ll be fine - my Dutch girls are VERY good at flying. Looking forward to seeing photos of yours 😀
  5. That’s how they work here too. Then you look at the app and it tells you if the charging point is free or in use. I can imagine there being squabbles though when someone has finished charging but just let their car in the space. Oh really DM - I thought you lived on a street with lots of SCUBA enthusiasts 😂
  6. Oh I’m sorry to hear that Cattails - poor Ginger. Having laud her egg Pop is completely back to normal 🤷🏼‍♀️
  7. I have a Plymouth Rock bantam and despite not being the largest, she came in, had massive fights with everyone, ousted Penny my 5 year old Wyandotte bantam and went straight in as head chicken. So it just depends on the individual. She is an excellent layer though.
  8. I can’t remember what your set up is. If you have a smallish run attached to coop then seeing as your hens will be home with at least an hour before normal bedtime I would put them in the run with food and water with the pop hole to the coop open and hopefully they’ll put themselves to bed. At that time in the afternoon though you could easily shut them straight in the coop with the pop hole closed - assuming you’re not travelling for more than an hour or so they’ll have been eating and drinking until 3ish so would be fine to wait until morning. I wouldn’t put food or water in the coop. To help them settle in, you could ask what they’ve been eating and get them some of the same (although I’ve never done this). Personally I would give them plain water when they arrive just to ensure they drink, but then if you want to add some tonic over the next few days. Ask the breeder if they’ve had any wormer - if they’re POL they probably won’t have and should be OK for a few months - I definitely wouldn’t worm them when they first arrive (unless they obviously have a worm burden) as the drug does stress their system to some extent (I don’t worm regularly at all any more following advice from our tame forum vet but instead send samples for a worm count every year or so). Hope you’re excited 😀
  9. Just had the loudest and brightest clap of thunder / flash of lightning I’ve ever experienced. I was watching the small but very potent storm cloud get closer and closer - even with a 30 second gap between lightning and thunder it was loud so I new they must be big ones, but then all of a sudden, after about 5 minutes of quiet, an absolute bomb went off right above us - momentarily blinded me, made me jump so badly I did a LOT of swearing and instantly caused the power to go off as far as I could see. Very dramatic!!! I went make sure the girls were ok, and they said ‘will you go away with that torch it’s hard enough to sleep out here as it is’ - there’s gratitude for you!
  10. After I’d cleaned the girls out yesterday late afternoon, I noticed that Pop, one of my Dutch bantams, was looking very poorly. Her wings and tail were down so much her wings were brushing the ground and she was just standing with her eyes closing. She didn’t really protest too much when I picked her up either. Always a bad sign. I gave her a quick once over - her crop was a bit sloshy (I saw her drinking lots) but not too bad - her abdomen felt normal and I couldn’t feel an egg. So I put her in a cat box in the utility room with some water and a small dish of pellets and sunflower hearts. She still looked very sad this morning but had maybe eaten a few seeds, so I took the food away but left her with water. When I came home at lunchtime though she was complaining and seemed much brighter, so I put the food back in and she tucked in. OH was working at home and put her back out with the others at around 3pm and said she looked and was acting totally normally. She’s since laid an egg and does seem completely herself!! I think it was all to do with the egg laying and one of my first pekins seemed to have something similar quite regularly. Has anyone else seen this or know what could be going on?
  11. I’d like to see a photo of that! Same here last night DM. It was SO loud until the early hours of the morning but since then has been considerably calmer. Still raining but not so heavy - most of our shorter rivers are dropping now with just the big ones still rising. Have opened the chicken run and silly Camilla the campine, Shirley the Plymouth Rock and the three Dutch girls are out getting soaked 🙄
  12. I drive an electric van for work and most of the time it’s great - only let down by the range. I only buy second hand cars, spending around £5-6k and then keep them for usually about 6 or 7 years, so at the moment I can’t go electric because it still doesn’t work for that kind of market. If I were able to buy a new car I would definitely consider it - the range anxiety wouldn’t worry me but the fact that the technology might be completely out of date in well less than ten years would.
  13. My top hen is often first in 🙄
  14. It was great - I was SO lucky. The day I travelled out it snowed all day and the lifts were all shut. The next day - my first day in the mountain - there was fresh powder with wall-to-wall sunshine and no wind. I was there three days and had that weather the whole time. Then the day after I left all the lifts were shut again for two days! I skied Skiwelt from Brixen-Im-Thale for two days and the Kitzski area from Kirchberg/Kitzbuhel one day.
  15. A few photos from my trip...
  16. Sounds good - definitely get an extension otherwise it definitely isn’t big enough
  17. I’ve got a tub true inside an old car tyre. It’s brilliant and they love sitting on the tyre when they’re not in it.
  18. They definitely look like crosses - there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that though as long as you don’t want to show. I reckon that’s a fair price and they look lovely
  19. Here’s an egg from one of mine. Pretty sure the ones in the top photo are pekins. The ones in the bottom photo are very young but they may be Dutchies.
  20. Size and number wise - perfect - great choice. I have three Dutch bantams in my flock. They’re lovely little birds and seem fairly hardy and very healthy, and they’re actually not bad layers - one is laying now and the other two don’t look far off - their eggs are pretty tiny though. Mine are fairly flighty and not overly keen on people - that said I’ve made very little effort to handle them and I can pick up one of them if she’s got her head in some corn and they will all eat from my hand. They’re definitely not a bad choice for a ‘starter hen’, but if you want really friendly bantams for your children you can’t beat pekins - you just have to make sure their feathery feet won’t get wet and muddy. Photo is my Dutch girls with my Pekin all sunbathing together 🥰
  21. That is SOO exciting!!!!! What a great little flock you’re going to have!

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