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  1. Opinions please! Based on looks, character description and what is available from my two local reputable suppliers I am narrowed down to a few hybrids. A Bluebell is a definite and I can get one from either place. Then I fancied a Black Rock/Rhode but these are all reserved now and I would have to wait until April before the next batch arrive. I really wanted to try and get the newcomers for Easter as we are off to do refereeing if needed so that idea seems out. My other options are a Skyline/cream legbar or a speckledy Sussex...... Can anyone put a case forward for one vs the other or throw another into the mix? I know I'll be happy with whoever we end up with but I am enjoying browsing for potentials! Ideally I want a good layer, friendly and unlikely to go broody - I have two Partridge Brahmas for that already First world problems!
  2. You might find a bargain of a Cube on eBay of course........
  3. It is because of the risk of antibiotic resistance in humans. For example the antibiotic they use for a nasty food poisoning - like campylobacter is very similar to baytril. I think it is unknown how long there is residual drug in the egg (they won't fund looking into this in hens) and the fear is you would be resistant to the antibiotic should you need treatment for such a thing. So it isn't that eating them will make you ill at all. So I guess that is up to you. My husband and I have talked about it and are unsure as yet what to do, but probably would give it 28 days at least before eating the eggs and I'm still un-decided about eating them at all! Personally I won't be giving them to my children, just because they have many more years ahead of them where they may need antibiotics. Over-use of these drugs are very much a problem in both humans and animals, we are very aware of this now in my vet practice.
  4. I'm very tempted by a Bluebell I have to say. Good news is, MG is back out with the others and doing really well. The other excellent news is that my husband has agreed to extend the run space, meaning MOREHENS!!!! Whoop Whoop! Hoping to get him building and then getting some new girls during the Easter hols, when we are around to referee a little
  5. Yes, the NOAH compendium supports that too. So no eggs. One of mine has been on it too, I have another Brahma and they lay very similar eggs, so I have to hope I see which one is laying otherwise I can only have the eggs from one of my three. There are subtle differences - the baytril one tends to lay smaller eggs, but without comparisons it may mean the bin for most of our eggs The next ladies who join the flock will definitely need individual egg colours!
  6. My own dog was very excited around them in the days following Redsunset. I wonder if she had actually been out there then instead of chasing it she might have got excited and joined in as well? Dunno if she could just smell the Brahmas wounds and that was making her act out of character or what she thought she was up to! Mother Gothel is back out full time with the others now, still a way to go but healing mostly fine. There is one area under her tail I'm a little concerned over but we will see, I'm keeping a close eye. She just needs some feathers back now, poor old baldy butt.
  7. Yes we also have standard livestock fencing down the bottom of the garden. As she was chased out she cleared it like it wasn't even there. She was a Pointer. I think the likes of her and lurchers are amazingly good jumpers!
  8. I've just sprayed her bum with iodine and put her out for her first roam with the other two. They have been 'visiting' her in her crate and she spent a couple of hours in the run (in her crate) with them this morning. Elsa gave her a good peck on the head to remind her who is boss but that was all the squabbling done and they're just having a mooch about. I gently told my son that we may be able to get another just yet and he seemed to accept that. I'll bet I get talked into some stick insects instead! Mother Gothel is the wicked witch from the Disney film Tangled - Rapunzel's "mother'! There is a brilliant song that she sings about Mother knowing best and I sing it to the kids all the time. The Hens arrived on Mothers Day last year so it seemed apt
  9. Oh dear My poor son will be upset. Hey ho, never mind, we'll concentrate on getting poor Mother Gothel back to her beautiful old self instead.
  10. No, I don't really have room for two more. Should I not be introducing just one of any breed then?
  11. Hello, I posted on Sunday after losing one of my girls to someone's dog One of my brahmas was also seriously injured but is recovering well so far. We will be getting another hen once the brahma is fully recovered and back with the other two full time, so a good few weeks to go yet. I'm debating whether to get an ex batt or another posh bird? I have two Partridge Brahmas and a Wheaten Maran. I love the idea of an ex batt, but someone I work with introduced one to an established flock and it pecked one of the original birds to death overnight! She thought it best to only get ex batts when you are getting a few as a group together. Would introducing just one to my posh ladies be a bad idea? Either from her point of view or my current girls....
  12. Thank you. She is amazingly strong, up and about today and eating/drinking. As she is so bright I put the crate by the french doors and let the other two out. They came straight over and didn't leave her side for nearly two hours. So sweet. The other brahma even laid down for a spot of sunbathing on the carpet I've made a kind of makeshift jumper for her, and let her out for a quick hello with the others. They laughed at her jumper and then tried to peck her underneath her tail - which wasn't covered by the jumper and where she had a few puncture wounds that were also stitched. Decided too much too soon so brought her back in. I guess iodine spray may help deter them from the wounds that aren't covered? She is heavily feathered so kept pecking at the underneath of the jumper anyway, I'm not sure she will cope with wearing it long term. I also saw the owners of the dog that I'm pretty certain did the deed. Pulled over to say what had happened and I didn't know it was definitely her but they didn't seem surprised. The owner has just knocked on my door as I was typing this to say how sorry he was and that they were having a few issues with her and promised to keep her on the lead down this end of the woods. That was kind of him, he offered to pay for another but I understand dogs aren't robots - even my own who lives with the chickens I think would chase others if she happened across them. I'm just grateful I can be a bit assured it hopefully won't happen again.
  13. No, the dog ran off when mine went out and across the field back to the woodland. I think they must have been walking in the wood and not had a clue where their dog was. My husband posted something on a local page on facebook, just asking if anyone did lose their dog on a walk in this area to consider keeping it on a lead or walking up the other end of the woodland. A dogwalker contacted me afterwards to say he may have an idea who it belongs to. They actually live down my lane and I see them walking past a lot and also out in the woods as we walk our dog out there too. I can't prove if it was theirs or not but I may mention it to them just in case. If it wasn't a dog it would have been a fox and then I'd have "Ooops, word censored!"ody to blame, so I can't really hold it against them. At least if I mention it to these particular owners they may think twice about letting the dog off in this end of the woods, if theirs is one that disappears on walks! It was a pointer/hound type but I think a large number of dogs would attack a chicken if they came across one anyway. Just sad I have lost one of my girls in this way.
  14. Thank you Mullet. Yep I'm hoping she makes it through tonight and then I'll feel a little better about her. She's proven herself a tough cookie so far.
  15. I'm feeling so very sad The girls were out free ranging today, I was hoovering and our dog started barking. The kids were messing about playing indoors and I thought she was getting excited and barking at them - although she never does this usually so not sure why I ignored her. Anyway she kept on and my husband went to look and said next doors dog was in the garden and let ours out. Next doors dog is a regular visitor and the hens don't mind him at all. As our dog ran out my husband saw it was in fact a different dog and I had a panic about where the girls were. So my poor beautiful Vorwerk was in the pen, blue and dying. One of the brahmas was next to her with a large wound across the top of her back end/tail. The other two were nowhere to be seen. I'm not sure if the two in the pen had run in there or were in there eating when the dog arrived. We back onto woods and a field so the dog must have just been away from the owners. It cleared our fence when it was running away. Our neighbour said he chased it out of his garden only a few days ago so I'm so worried it will be back. The other two eventually showed up after being in hiding, ok but shaken. I am a vet nurse so took the brahma to work where she was anaesthetised and stitched up. She's very bald and I have her in the dog crate where she will recuperate, I hope the other two will be kind to her when she eventually goes back out. I think I'll make her a jumper of sorts to keep it covered when she does. She's eating and seems fairly perky considering what a day she has had. The other two look very lonely out there on their own tonight. R.I.P Toothless. We loved you so very much
  16. Oh good, thanks everyone. That puts my mind at rest. No they're taking the winter off so back to supermarket eggs for us - don't quite cut the mustard do they?!
  17. Hi All, This is my first winter with the girls. They all seem very well, eating, drinking normally etc. They are less active than they were in the summer, coming out to free range but huddling together a lot next to our french doors. Thats not to say they aren't roaming too but it is less than usual. I'm worried they all look a little pale. Not pale pale, but definitely not red - more of a deep pink. No evidence of mites, they were wormed in September. I've just bought some poultry spice to add to their feed. Am I missing something or is it normal for them to be a little paler in the winter?
  18. Ahhh, thanks Beantree I'll go out and water it down then!
  19. Hello, I only seem to post here with my worries over the chickens. Must start putting pics of them up on the good days Anyway, a couple of times today when the girls have been resting outside the back door I have heard a long, high pitched squeak coming from Elsa. I poked my head round thinking the dog was nearby and she was giving a warning, but this hasn't been the case each time - I've probably heard it three times today. Tonight when they were back on their step she did it again, then I saw her gape once. She put her head under her wing to sleep - I've never seen any of them do this in the daytime, but have seen her do it twice today. I thought at this point her breathing seemed to require a little more effort than I have noticed before. Could this be the start of a respiratory infection? Comb is red, she is eating well, no ocular or nasal discharge, normal behaviour otherwise. They were wormed in April with flubenvet pellets. I have changed them on to layers mash rather than pellets in the past two days. They have gone bonkers for it and have virtually inhaled the stuff, so could she possibly literally have inhaled some?! Never knew I would be so worried about this little gang!
  20. She's lovely Smart move by the way. Giving her a name that would endear her to your OH

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