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  1. Thank you for your suggestions. Will look into bump bit to help her shake the habit and the curtain suggestion too!
  2. We have an egg eater. This behaviour started a coupe of weeks ago and with a new baby we are having timing issues with getting to the eggs as soon as they are laid. We only have two hens and I am almost certain of which one is the culprit! I have read the suggestion of filling a shell with mustard, which I will try in the coming days. We are already using two fake eggs in the eglu nest and I am ensuring they have a diverse diet, including layer pellets and fresh produce. Any other suggestions? TIA
  3. Oh thank goodness for this news. Our two have just started ignoring the treats and devouring their eggs, despite me making every attempt to collect them as quickly as possible after laying. Hoping this horrible habit stops now. It is also a perfect time (Easter) to introduce our daughter to her pet hens. they have been locked up since she was born in November!
  4. Thanks for your suggestion. Not sour crop as she hasn't any of the symptoms. She and the others had their last course of Fl-vnt about 4-5 months ago. I have just however taken her outside for some fresh air and ranging in the sun and caught her up into of my lilly pond bowl, slurping the water! i have never see her or the others do this and i wonder if she had been helping herself to this prior to falling ill and whether she has picked up something from drinking from here! I will continue with the vitamin tonic in her water, but can someone confirm i should also try to purchase some nutridrops, or are these essentially the same form of remedy, just in a concentrated form?
  5. Our last remaining re-homed retired from laying hen (she has two more recent addition sisters) is showing some signs of being poorly. Miss 3.5 years certainly eats like the others do when free ranging and will consume healthy treats, but she is not at all interested in the usual grit and layer pellets. She has lost significant weight and is constantly drinking! Her waste is almost like water, barely any solids and mainly clear! I saw her close her eyes a few times earlier today and tuck her head under her wing so I know she is not herself. We have set her up in a cage indoors with a corn cob and the usual items of necessity and she seems quite happy, but I still cannot fill her water dish quickly enough.I have added some hen tonic to the water, but don't think there is anything further we can do. Any other suggestions welcome!
  6. Our rehomed hen has been in semi retirement for about 6 months, she is absolutely healthy and bright and lays a soft egg every few days. She eats like the rest of the group and happily free ranges and challenges the others for treats when offered so our only concern is her squeak! For months she has had a periodic high pitched squeak, which i thought was a sneeze or hick-up but as she has been otherwise absolutely fine, we didn't feel the need to worry. Over the past week the squeak has become almost permanent throughout the day, a squeak arriving every 10 or so seconds. She continues to look healthy and happy, but this must be quite tiring for her now? Any suggestions as to what this might be and whether there is more we can be doing for her? Thx XX
  7. My Hen Jabba The Cluck ceased laying some months ago and there is evidence to suggest that her laying days are done and she is in now enjoying retirement. I have spent two full days at home as I have a bad chest cold and was very surprised to hear her shriek and carry on whilst the two other flock members were nesting/laying today. Boy has she got some lungs on her....... I screamed down the stairs and out to the run thinking something was wrong or about to be very wrong, to find her squarking for England! Is it normal for other hens to announce another ladies hard work ? Perhaps she is a little jealous?!? Very glad that she calmed down quite quickly afterwards. If that was to continue my neighbours would not be happy! Thx for your thoughts!
  8. Crickets seem to be the gift of choice. Our girls are petrified of the swing..... for now!
  9. I am sorry to hear this. Perhaps it is worth letting the neighbours know so they can check their gardens as well. Maybe leave them some food to leave out to coax them out! I hope some are out there hiding and very glad there was not too much visible carnage to have to hide from the kids. Whatever got in obviously was a serious mission!
  10. Our ladies received the chicken swing. They are not at all interested in it.... but hopefully this changes!
  11. Having only homed hens since rehoming in October 2014, it would appear that at least one of our ladies is about to molt for the first time since joining us. Small feathers are dropping from her and she has definitely stopped laying. She seemed out of sorts last week so we separated her for a night and made sure she was eating and keeping fluid up and now she is back to her old self, albeit looking a little on the thinner side and she has ceased laying. I will ensure they all get more protein to help them through their seasonal wardrobe change, but is there anything else I should do?
  12. Has anyone tried Hipeak organic layer pellets? Keen to keep to organic feed but would like to source a cheaper and local option www.hipeak.co.uk/prods/peak-lay-2-pellets-in-20kg-bags.html
  13. Looking for variety of distractions for the run whilst the integrated girls get settled. Is beetroot foliage ok for chooks? If not, my wormery will not turn them down
  14. Our two joined a week today and it has been pretty had to watch some of the behaviour, but sadly it's natural and on the plus side I am seeing some improvements, though small on a days by day basis. They are completely fine free ranging from day one and then I had the two news in broody cage for night one. Day 2 free ranging together before splitting for a few hours and then I popped them into the eglu very late of night and there was no dramas until the morning. They were then separated by the broody cage when we were out but vis able to each other. Day 3 we had a turn for the worse and the bully stood in and attached at any possible time. Relentless. After watching this behaviour for 24 hours we decided that we could let this continue and we put bulky in the broody cage and left the other three to it. This arrangement for 24 hours really helped. The squabble still and it is difficult to watch but it is better than the replica scenes from Fight Club we experienced earlier in the week. This morning they were all quietly waiting for their food three in the run and the other newbie popping in and out of the eglu periodically. I am buying a lot of lettuce and cabbage to add distraction to the run fir when they do need to all be in the run together and they have separate sources of water and food, though bully does her best of guarding both! Vaseline for their combs is essential. We are applying at least twice a day. It sounds as though every intro is different and tough for at least a week or so but often longer. Hope you ladies improve relations and mine also keep heading in the same direction!
  15. Thank you all. I am keeping the other ladies occupied without overstepping the point if spoiling them with treats. Both laying so that is good sign. I will contact Hen Central on Monday. Thanks for your king thoughts and suggestions! X

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