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  1. mullethunter

    very poorly chicken

    One of my girls has just all of a sudden (from being totally normal an hour ago) become really lethargic and miserable looking. The others are all out and she's just gone and sat in the run on her own. She seems to lay more or less once every three days and today is the third day - do you think she may be going to lay a softy?
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    I'm a murderer...

    This is awful I really feel for you. As others have said do try not to dwell on it and just know that all future girls will be safer from now on. You would never have done it if you had even slightly suspected this could happen.
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    My new girlys :-)

    Hi Charly How did you get on with the Pekins being in with the bigger girls? I'm hoping to be able to put mine in with my Wyandottes but at the moment they're not getting on too well.
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    Mine have pieces of wood pushed through the Eglu run bars. If I forget to take them out before bed time the Wyandottes go to sleep on them - just had to turf them off 5 minutes ago! I'm sure your girls will take to them in no time.
  5. Hmm - they might do that. One of my 13 week old Pekins flies up onto the Omlet fence from stuff lower than the Eglu (usually me when I'm cleaning the Eglu out!). In that case I can't quite picture a way of doing it without cutting an Eglu shaped hole in the mesh.
  6. Can you not put the fence around the tight up to it?
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    The Weather Thread # 8

    Yes it's covered and their cat box house is open at the front during the day so they can shelter in there too - just a bit of a shock to them
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    The Weather Thread # 8

    Oh dear - little Pekins have never seen rain before - they don't like it
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    More Pekin worries!

    Only that I read somewhere that it's not a good idea to wing clip until about 20 weeks. I'd never heard that before though so maybe that's the solution. That and feeding them up so they can't get off the ground!
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    Sweet Peas

    My grandad passed away in April and I have a pot full of sweet peas that he planted and I have grown on just about to flower outside my front door
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    chickens, doughnuts & two more pictures

    I love my girls but there's no way they're getting their beaks on my Krispy Kreme's
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    The Weather Thread # 8

    I'm in the middle - pretty urban chicken keeping as far as this part of the world goes - small back garden in Bodmin
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    The Weather Thread # 8

    Groovychook - just thought I'd say hello as I'm in good old Kernow too
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    Identify this Strawberry Plant.

    I've changed my mind (!) - I think it might be Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
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    Identify this Strawberry Plant.

    I think it's basil. Google basil flowers - look right to me
  16. My pair of Wyandotte bantys (18 months) and Pekins (12 weeks) have been with me just over two weeks now. At the moment they are separated by mesh in a 3m Eglu Go run, with the Wyandottes having the Eglu and 2 meters of run, and the pekins having the extension with a cat box (unorthodox but seems to work ). They free range together after work but only when supervised to stop the big girls bullying the little girls. Do you think that when the Pekins are more grown up (perhaps in 6 weeks or so) I'll be able to put them all in together?
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    My bit of garden

    Thanks blueandwhite. We only have about 3m x 4m of grass and I'm happy for them to eat it but don't really want it dug up! Just put down some grass protection mesh on most of it - looks pretty awful at the moment but hopefully the grass'll grow up through it to hide it. As you say, even if it doesn't it's better than no grass!
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    What age to buy new girlies ? What breed ??

    I've had a pair of pekins for two weeks now that I got at ten weeks old. They haven't needed any special care (othe than being kept seep rate from the grown up wyandotte bantams) and are SO friendly but very small! I would think 3 or 4 would do well in your set up though, especially if you can let them out from time to time.
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    Frantic wyandotte

    Thanks beantree. One of the girls has laid whilst I was at work today, and Amy seems back to herself again, so perhaps it was her. Either way I think all is well. Phew!
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    Frantic wyandotte

    Only had my girls 2 weeks and been on here worried twice already! Think I may be a bit over cautious, but... One of my Wyandotte bantams (Amy) has been rushing around the garden, run and eglu for the last 3 hours looking as if she wants to lay but seems unhappy with any of the options. She goes into the nest box, kicks the bedding around a bit then comes back out again, then does the same in the Pekins cat box, and in the dust bath, just won't settle anywhere. She has laid in the eglu until now, roughly once every 3 or 4 days. What do you think is going on?
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    Bernadette or Bernard?

    Thankyou everybody
  22. Hello After wanting some since I left home over 15 years ago I've finally got my chickens! 2 SL Wyandotte bantams (Penny and Amy), and 2 12 week old Pekins (Bernadette and Shelly). My post is about Bernadette (mille fleur) who I'm slightly concerned could become Bernard! Her comb although still small is much redder than Shellys (lavender) - although only a suggestion of wattles so far - what do you think? Thanks very much.
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    Bernadette or Bernard?

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    Bernadette or Bernard?

    The two of the don't behave any differently to each other. They're very friendly and jump/fly onto us to escape the 18mth old Wyandottes when they're all out together. I really hope you're all right and Bernie is a girl - I'm very attached to her already after 2 weeks!