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    Oven dried tomatoes

    Thanks H and Soapdragon. Had already planned to make some into the passata type sauce I use on pizza so will do a load of that for the freezer, and will try the Delia recipe too 😊
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    Oven dried tomatoes

    Mouldy is what I’m afraid of. How exactly did you preserve them in the end?
  3. That’s a horrible thing and I’m sorry to hear about your girls - don’t feel bad though, you’re obviously a very conscientious chicken keeper and it sounds like those two probably had something going on that you couldn’t control. Others may disagree, but if I were in your position, I would clean everything within an inch of its life this weekend, treat your pekin now with ivermectin (not licenced for poultry) then next weekend buy two POL bantams to live with your remaining pekin. I know what you mean about not wanting to risk any new birds getting whatever it is that killed your previous two, but I would risk it once if, as you say, your remaining pekin seems healthy. As she’s on home turf she will hopefully do ok on her own with two younger incomers. Good luck x
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    disappearing eggs - advice needed?

    It’s unlikely that they’d all stop at once unless they’re stressed in some way. Are they eating well? They may stop over the next few weeks as they start a partial moult (depends how young they are) but all on the same day would be surprising. Is it possible that either your girls have started to eat the eggs or that a predator (rat or magpie) is able to get access? If you think it’s human thieves, would just a bungee over the egg port make it difficult enough?
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Doesn’t feel like summer anymore 😥
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    Bake off is back!

    Me too - and I agree that it’s not totally based on outcomes!
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    Holiday season, tourists and so on

    I wasn’t in that part of the county last week but I went to all those places today for work 😂
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    My pear tree has had its best year ever. My apples are ok but my plums were rubbish. There definitely aren’t as many swallows and house martins as usual. Our swifts left in the first week of August, but that’s normal. The swallows and martins are still here.
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    Holiday season, tourists and so on

    Ooh Luvachicken you should have said. Where did you visit?
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    Bake off is back!

    Did you see right at the end?! Someone’s making a chicken out of macarons next week 😆
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    The Weather Thread #9

    It took me ages to figure out what Bligh.....ch was!
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    Bake off is back!

    I saw that too - ‘ooh look chickens and Cube’!!! 😂
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    The Weather Thread #9

    I was at Reading Festival yesterday - SOOO HOT!!!!! Every little bit of shade had people crammed in. Absolutely brilliant but 32 degrees is a bit much for that sort of thing!! Left London and then Wargrave in the low 30s early afternoon and am now just passing through Exeter on the train on my way home and the clouds are getting thicker and the people on the platforms more covered up! Valkyrie I should’ve waved as I went through Tiverton just in case!
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    What have you all been making...part two...

    I haven’t crocheted for ages now - I felt like it was giving me carpal tunnel so I think I’m probably holding the yarn wrong - I hold it with my left hand little finger
  15. Duck the pekin is just over one and has a week ago come out of her first broody spell which lasted about a week. She’s a ‘special’ chicken having hatched with a curled foot which I had to tape flat, and I suspect she might be generally physically twisted / not straight as one of her wings is often at a slightly odd angle so it’s possible nothing in her little body is straight. As soon as she stopped being broody she seemed not quite right - just not as lively as usual. Then the last few days she’s been becoming less interested in food - will still eat some treats (sunflower hearts, egg etc) but not really corn and I don’t think she’s eating pellets. She seems fairly ‘happy’ just a bit less energetic and ‘chatty’ than normal and her poos are very small today (more so than yesterday when they were still relatively normal) but she is quite wheezy and seems to feel the need to wipe her beak after almost every beak full as if trying to clear it. She’s been a bit wheezy for a long time. I know ‘take her to the vet’ is probably a standard response but I think this is so non-specific that the only co structure thing they’d be likely to do is give her antibiotics if she has a temperature. Anyone have any ideas?
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    Oh I’m sure that’s not true! Duck has just had dose 5 of 6 antibiotic / anti-inflammatory injections and seems to be back to normal. Obviously I’m very glad but find it annoying that I will never know whether that’s due to the antibiotics or just getting better naturally.
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    😂 brilliant - obviously unsurpassable!
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    I’ve got Lifeguard tonic. Will that do the same?
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    Will do and I know there’s a good chance this will be the first difficulty of many with Duck. Would you recommend Beryls or something different?
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    I’d say she’s a little brighter today Thankyou. She’s eaten quite a lot of mealworms, a few sunflower hearts and some mixed corn. Not enough but more than yesterday. I’m not counting any chickens yet but I am crossing my fingers.
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    Antibiotics

    I think if it’s Tylan soluble it’s usually half a gram (so 0.5 rather than 0.05) per litre https://www.viovet.co.uk/Tylan-Antibiotic/c323/
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    That’s a very profound statement! I did take her to the vets in the end. She said she’s got a bit of a temperature and a slight wheeze so has given me anti-inflammatories and antibiotics to inject for 5 days. We’ll see how we go...
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    I did get some nutri drops into her this evening - thanks. Having been hand reared she’s just the friendliest little soul ever - the most ‘pet-like’ of chickens ive ever had. Isn’t it always the way!? I fear you’re right DM 😥
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    Sort of wheezy and lacking appetite after broody spell

    Ok. I actually have some Tylan soluble so I may just start her on that in the morning as she’s still drinking properly
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    New keeper, first time chicken problem!

    I think 1% ivermectin will treat this too but again it’s not licensed for chickens in the uk - I have recently used it to successfully treat scaley leg mites. I’d recommend going to see a vet first too.

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