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  1. One of mine tends to go like this when she's moulting, could she be starting a moult?
  2. My 6 year old Araucana's comb has changed shape this laying season. I haven't had this happen with a chicken before, or if it has happened then I haven't noticed it, but Clara's comb is a pea comb so perhaps it's easier to see any change there. Normally her comb is a fairly small ridge, typical of the pea comb you'd expect to see. Now she has a raised bit, looking like a turret on top of a castle wall! It's the same colour, bright red, as the rest of her comb and the same texture and she seems her normal crazy self in any other way - she's still going broody every ten eggs or so! It s
  3. +3 October 2020, three gorgeous Swedish Flower Hens -1 Brunhilde the Bluebelle, my flock leader 20/2/2021 = 2,377
  4. My head chicken Brunhilde passed today. She was old and tired but very content to be with her flock and will be missed.
  5. There's been an outbreak of bird flu near Deal in Kent at a commercial farm UK Gov News Site
  6. I don't know, I haven't seen the Smallholder's Range ones myself but the Allen and Page website states that their organic ones are "2.5mm pellet size – suitable for bantams". I use the organic ones and they are very small pellets, much smaller than other layers' pellets I've seen. If you're still unsure I can take a photo against some kind of scale for you of the organic ones.
  7. https://www.facebook.com/BRR.CockerelRescue/posts/2880692058825085 The link takes you to the rescue's Facebook post. It's not an appeal for money or rehoming animals. The rescue has been told that the terms of their tenancy is changing and they can no longer keep their disabled rescues and will also have to rehome two of their own cats. They are not able to do this (see the link for the full details) and urgently need to find a property to move to in the Swindon area of Wiltshire. If you know of anywhere and can help that way can you please let them know, or if you are on FB or Tw
  8. I've seen this being discussed in a Facebook group I'm in. I thought I'd share it to see if anyone had any views or experience with the chemicals. I'm not considering using it, no need and I hope I never have a need either! Link to Article on Mother Earth News I've pasted the salient bits here if people don't want to read the whole thing: "Most home treatment options for scaly leg mites suggest dipping the bird's legs in mineral oil or petroleum, and then slathering them in Vaseline. The goal of this is to smother the mites. The treatment is then repeated after an interval
  9. Have they definitely relapsed? Three of mine are going through heavy moults right now and they really look a mess too.
  10. Thank you Lewis and Dogmother, I passed your messages on but I don't know the outcome yet. I appreciate you both replying, she said it was a huge help in trying to understand what may be going on without having seen it.
  11. I don't think it is scaly leg mite, although I can't be definitely sure so that's only an opinion! I'd say your girl is moulting her leg scales or is starting to do so. It scares me every time I see this on mine but nothing ever develops from it.
  12. A friend has contacted me to ask how well a chicken would fare when it has hatched with 'a broken knee'. First thing - I have already said it needs a vet or avian expert to look at it. I am going to say it again as it's a legal responsibility not something to be debated by the school... yes, it's a school hatching project 🤬 and I imagine most of us, if not all of us, feel the same way about those. The chick is said to be a couple of days old. I assume it can stand and move around, I think she would have said if not. I also guess she hasn't seen it and has only just found out this ev
  13. Agnes, 4 years old, Rhode Rock. Passed away 21st March 2019. A feisty little thing that always laid rubbish eggs and didn't bother laying eggs at all from March 2018 onwards! A real character who always ran down the garden path flapping her wings like she was on a runway about to take off. I'll miss her.

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