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    Weird behaviour

    They hear foxes calling every night, often actually in our garden. It never disturbs them though it regularly wakes me! This was definitely something else!
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    Weird behaviour

    Still can't see anything there this morning, think a mouse is likely though as it's been so cold. One could have snuck in to keep warm. Wilma seems pretty much back to normal this morning so fingers crossed this will all be forgotten by bedtime tonight!
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    Weird behaviour

    Rat was my first thought, but would she still be unsettled hours later? I've just done a 2nd walkabout and though she is quieter than she was she is still clucking and stamping about. But it's only her. I didn't open the coop this time to look as I was worried I might frighten her some more.
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    Weird behaviour

    Hi all A weird one. Tonight at about 7 I popped outside back door to pull some carrots for dinner (I've got containers near the back door). I heard bokking and alarm calling so ran up the garden to the chooks yard. 5 birds all in the coop and asleep but the 6th, Wilma, who is one of my two oldest ones and is the head bird and usually very placid and tame, in a real panic flapping up and down the run and shouting the place down. I shone my torch in for a while and talked to her but although she calmed a bit she wouldn't go to bed, just stood there alert and anxious, so I went into the WIR and she ran straight to me, clucking. I picked her up which temporarily caused even more alarm and she then calmed completely as I held her. She did not have any obvious injuries or issues (though it is dark) so i walked around to the side of the coop and popped her in via the egg port, shut the door, shut the coop, and all went quiet. I've just gone up now to do a walkabout and I could tell things were still unsettled as I approached the coop, she was clucking and stamping about. So I opened the egg port to peek in. The other 5 are all in classic roost mode, sleepy and confused and there she is stampeding up and down, wide awake and bokking/screeching again. I shut the door, talked to her for a bit from the other side of an air vent until she calmed and then left her to it but I could hear she still wasn't settled. What on earth could be wrong with her? I can't see any obvious signs of being disturbed by predators and anyway wouldn't they all be upset if it was a predator?
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    For the original poster, Maxinet. I have risked consuming eggs during and after ivermectin-based treatment. I researched online and having found it is used safely in humans all over the world, and calculating that the quantities in each egg would likely be very small, i decided that for me personally, I didn't think it was risky. However, I made sure that we did not sell, or give away, any eggs during the suggested withdrawal period given by my vet. I also would not have allowed any children under 16 to consume them during that time, just in case. It's one thing making an informed personal choice and risk analysis, but different when giving them to other people. It's personal preference in the end I think.
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    Advice on vent please?

    Here you go:
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    Advice on vent please?

    Definitely lice, having dealt with this myself over the summer! The nit casings didn't really disappear even after treatment (though some came off with repeated warm baths) and Wilma's feathers oy went baxk to normal.after her moult. I used Xeno spot on* which I bought online. I can't remember which dosage but i think it was the Xeno 450* ?? Search my posts and you'll find it. The dosing info seemed excessive in terms of the amount that needed to go onto each bird so in the end I took advice from a vet friend and just emptied one capsule on each bird. It worked fine and i repeat dosed 2 weeks later to be sure they were gone. * should have said, i think it is not licenced for poultry in the uk - though it does contain dosing info for poultry on the box.
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    Not sure how to put this...

    Lewis, I had also wondered if she had got lost and was perhaps roosting in or under the small tree that is in there. We don't routinely check the run enclosure itself as it is large fenced area - we just count our birds into the WIR/coop. So if she had for example been hiding in the undergrowth, we wouldn't have known. I had a look when I got home (it was my partner who found her) - She was a very pretty pure breed of some sort, not a heavy bird, and her wings were not clipped. Its not impossible that she could have made her own way in from elsewhere and then been caught by our nightly visitor. I feel terrible for her owner, whoever they are 😔
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    Not sure how to put this...

    Hi ajm200. Ours were almost certainly locked up safely when this one was left in our yard. It seems to have been left overnight. Mr Fox is a very regular visitor to our garden- you can practically set your watch by him, so we are pretty vigilant anyway, but I think it was just quite shocking finding someone else's poor bird like that. I have no idea if we have local area FB pages etc... guess I will be doing some detective work this evening!
  10. ... this is a bit grim. My partner has just found a deceased chicken in our fenced chickens area. But it is not one of ours. It has clearly been taken by a fox or other similar sized predator. I was unaware that anyone else in the immediate area was keeping hens, but I am acutely aware that whoever they are, they are likely to be presently very upset and wondering about the fate of at least one bird. I wish I could find out who it is (not that that would do any good). Our WIR door is broken, a hinge snapped a week ago (it's only just over 2 years old - is that normal?!) So we are now battening down all the hatches, extra cable ties everywhere and the girls' free roam time is being seriously curtailed ☚ī¸
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    Feather Plucking

    Omlet refunded me for my bumpa bits that were equally useless. Interesting that quite a few people have had the same issues. Still haven't managed to book on one of your courses... 🙄 Still plan to, one day!
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    Araucana not laying

    Yep i use Flubenvet. The older birds are definitely going into moult so I did wonder whether she may also, and I appreciate as a pure breed she won't lay throughout winter, I was just surprised at such a young bird stopping so early in Autumn, particularly after she had only just started. But I'm encouraged by what Dogmother says about her Araucanas - I'll be watching mine closely come early Spring!! Also of course, I'm just not used to pure breeds as these two are the first non-hybrids I've had!!
  13. Hi all, it hasn't been a great summer for eggs generally. I have two older ladies who lay inconsistently, two hybrids who should be in the prime of their laying lives but who this summer have been almost as inconsistent as the older girls, and then two Araucana pullets that are this year's additions. The bantam is slightly older and after coming in to lay in early July has been fairly consistent with 4 to 5 little blue eggs a week, though that's tailed off this last week or two, to almost none. The full size lavender bird came in to lay w/c 3rd Sept when she was just shy of 6 months old. She laid 3 full size eggs in the first 10 days, then 3 small ones over the rest of September (I can tell they're hers as they were round while the banty has laid egg shaped ones, and they are a slightly darker colour too and have usually appeared on same day as a banty egg). Since then, nothing. Zilch. She's in good health. We've been doing regular worming routine and have also treated for lice recently (treated them all though never saw any evidence of any on her). She eats well, drinks well, poos normally, is in every respect normal, except no eggs. Any thoughts? She is now approaching 8 months old.
  14. I've got the Omlet one on order but there's been a stock issue or something which means I've been waiting a while. I had been going to get the Hentronix one when Omlet brought theirs out. Having read this thread I am wondering whether to go back to Plan A and get the Hentronix one instead... The reason I went for the Omlet one in the end was that it retro fits to the front of the Mk1 cube so the door opening handle on the cube itself isn't being used and so isn't sticking out sideways all night. I had visions of either me walking into the handle or wildlife fiddling with it. That would be preferable to something that doesn't work though. If anyone else has any experience with it do post!!
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    Lice and using xeno 450

    Thanks ever so much!