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  1. My gingernut IS my aggressive hen. There is no denying that. And she has been since we went on holiday in September and they boarded at the farm we got them from. Before that, she was the loveliest little thing ever I think separating the bullied hen isn't a great move because reintroducing her to the bullies could make things worse. I'm sorry I don't have wise words for you. But you're not alone
  2. My girls live in a WIR, but on an allotment site. They have been flooded out twice in recent weeks. The roof is already triple tarpualined. The sides which receive the most incoming weather already had polycarbonate sheets between the layers of wire to protect them from the worst of the weather. We ended up putting temporary guttering on both sides to collect the water from the roof. Admittedly when it rains we have to empty the collecting buckets several times a day but I'm just glad that they aren't getting wet inside the run. Inside, I collected as much surface water as I could, dug the garden fork in a few hundred (it seems like it!) for improved drainage and put several buckets full of sawdust to soak up the worst of the muddy bits, moving on to straw as soon as the straw shop was open the next day. I just clean out and replace the straw every couple of days. The girls are helping out by digging around in the straw and it keeps them ultra happy Hardwood clippings aren't really an option for me because of access and distance from the road issues, so for me, straw is the next best thing.
  3. She's been in jail 3/5 days so far this week. But we have noticed a weird sort of pattern. She's only laying about once a week. On the day she lays, she's as chilled as a chilled chicken! I've noticed it like that for the last three weeks. Am I clutching at straws here or is there an actual correlation?
  4. Just to update - both miss bully and her victim have been throughly inspected and no evidence of anything that shouldn't be there, although a pulsating vent is something that I hope not to have to see again for a long time! We kept miss bully separate from the others today. The one she's been picking on was like a different girl! So laud back and chilled out we let bully out for 20 minutes before they went to bed, but not before using anti peck spray on the other one. She was a bit tense and miss bully seemed very withdrawn but there were no problems Tomorrow will be a repeat of today and hopefully, she'll behave herself. I want to wait and see if this works first before going down broody cage route - with the changing clocks, I won't see them during daylight hours during the week I watched one of my girls lay her egg today. Absolutely fascinating! And boy do my girls love pumpkins
  5. Yes, they had much less room so I dread to think how bad it was while they were there In my defence, we had absolutely no idea that this could or would happen if we had even an inkling, there is no way on this earth that they'd have gone there
  6. We supplied their food so know they were eating the same as they normally would
  7. Before we went on hols, my girls all got on perfectly. We put them in boarding while we were away and ever since, one of my girls has become a horrid bully she picks on two of the others, one very much more so than the other. She will go out of her way to go and pick on her She so wasn't like this before we went away. Would putting her in broody jail in the big run work? I've read that taking her out of the equation for a few days should do the trick but I'm not in a position to be able to bring her home into my garden - both my landlord and my cat (not to mention the other cats in the neighbourhood) we both work full time and can't be here to keep her safe. Little miss bully has pretty much stopped laying. I thought at one point she might be starting to moult as there were lots of ginger downy feathers around but I've seen no sign of that for a couple of weeks. The hen she's picking on the most is a shadow of herself there hasn't been any blood yet but it's only a matter of time before there is. Do I have only the two options of broody jail or re homing?
  8. I have a frame run like you're describing. It came with two rolls of mesh with different gauges. I bought a third roll with a tighter gauge to double up all round. Cost me £30 and covered the whole run, including the roof. Nothing's got in yet, and believe me, they've tried
  9. Chickens, yes, children maybe I hate worming week. I just give them marriages layers pellets that contain flubenvet. It's torture for me not to give them any treats but it's worth it after the five days
  10. Not the best pic but it gives you ( hopefully!) an idea
  11. My girls live in a wired run on an allotment. We've got tarpaulin over the roof which has been fine in terms of keeping the girls dry and giving them shade, but I'm getting to the point that I need a solid roof. The run is all metal frame. It's 1m at its lowest point and about 2.5m at the apex. What sort of roofing material would be best, given that I don't have any wood to screw it in to? Am I better using a clear (ish) type to allow valuable light in over the winter? The sides are half open - there is polycarbonate sheeting around the sides that are most exposed to the weather. It also needs to be fox proof... Ideas please? Thanks
  12. Thanks ivermectin is next on the list to try - we are keeping up with the nettex/diatom/dusting/garlic/scrubbing bit for the mo. They're off on hols next week and will be staying an extra day to give us chance to do everything we want to get done but can't because they're there Every day we are doing something to combat red mite, and it seems to be working because this morning there were barely a few and they weren't red
  13. I was dusting the girls today and noticed that my almost terminal broody is nekkid underneath. It looked quite red too. She hasn't been broody for a couple of weeks and we have stopped making them sleep in the house because it just wasn't happening for them and while we have done everything we can against the red mite we can't sit there hand on heart and say that we have completely git rid of it. Any ideas why her belly is so bare?
  14. We took the felt roof off the house and replaced it with a plastic one. That's destined to become an onduline roof when we come back from our hols. The next box lid is next for replacing. That will be done after our hols too as the girls will be on their own little holiday

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