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  1. Hi ladies After losing our white otrpington last year i have been trying too decide what to do next i want to replae her but as that means getting 2 i would have to alter my exisiting set up. My current set up is a cube with 2m run plus 1 extension. My options are as follows: - Buy a 1m extension to cube -Buy a metal framed dog run - Do nothing and wait until another hen dies this seems the least likley option. I like my cube and the set up i have now however i do find getting in there not the easiest option in saying that i like that i can move the girls around could i still do this if i added an extension? I dont want to over invest in one set up and then decide that i need to change to antotehr and end up with parts that i cant re use Your thoughts would be appreciated.
  2. RIP marshmallow who died overnight she really was my dumb blonde but we will miss her
  3. thinks for the inspiration I am wondering if i could make this myself too are they really complicated? Question how do they cope with wind? we can get som really good winds here and i would hate for it to end up in the neighbours garden or the girls to get hurt.
  4. I have a white orpington whom didn't go broody in her first year however her egg laying was very poor she laid 75 in total for the year it could have to do with the lack of summer we had here maybe this year it will be different. I also have a NZ cochin ours are different to yours they are a created breed as we cant import from overseas she laid 200+ eggs as did my silver pencil wyndotte cochin cross i wouldn't be without her she is such a lovely wee girl who is looking like a porcupine in places at the moment as she goes through her molt. So there is another point of view for you.
  5. hi everyone Its been a while sonce i last posted i have now had my chickens for a year and wouldn't be without them they are so entertaining. The unniest thing they have have done is take a strawberyy off my little boy poor thing all i could do was laugh he is very wary now whenever he has something in his hand and is near the firls. We are in the depths of wonter here and i sadly have just had to but eggs again the firls are all in various stages of moly which brings me to my question. DDo hens start their laying cycle at the same time each year e.g Misty my cochin cross who was my best layer stopped laying 6 weeks of laying her first egg is she likely to start again at the same time of will she be a little later? What are those who have been doing this for a while your experiences have you noticed a pattern?
  6. Just a quick update miss marshmellow continues to be very erratic in her laying we havent had eggs from her for 2 weeks. I do wonder if thi terrible summer we have had jas got anything to do with it. wse have one nice day then back to rubbish i am over the wind and the rain and just want some nice calm warm days. The other 2 are laying well although i am sure one thinks its time to molt but she is still laying so thats good at least.
  7. Yippe after 17 days she finlly laid again now for her to keep going.
  8. Yippee got an egg from her today now for misty to start relaying after doing some time in jail. Fingers crossed for tomorrow
  9. did she ever lay again? i have an orpington that is exactly the same no eggs for last two weeks she did spend some time in nest box earlier in wek so i am hopeful
  10. she started laying early september fingers crossed she gets back into it soon as misty is having another go at being broody
  11. she spent some time in the nestbox today no egg but who knows what might happen she has gone back onto westons peak layer which has a minimum protein of 18% she is only a pullet. Hoping that she will start again soon
  12. ok soo i am thinking that maybe i would like to add another hen into our mix especially if the white orpington continues not to lay. I wonder though if i could add a hen to exsisting set up i have a cube with run and a 1 meter extension would this be ok for another hen too. I like the idea of still being able to move around the set up which i do every week. Thoughts would be appreicated.
  13. Hi everyone, My white orpington has stopped laying all other girls are laying well except for her. I wondered if it was a change in food i had run out of their usual food and had to buy some more but couldn't get their usual i have since put them all back on their usual feed but she hasn't laid for 9 days now would change in food affect her for that long? they have been back on their normal food for a fortnight now. She seems to be happy in all other ways and is eating and drinking well. Any ideas? its late spring here the weather has been up and down as is the nature of spring.
  14. Hmm well I was watching my three today and Amber was acting odd very frantic. What a surprise I got today when I went to to find that she had laid an egg but it had fallen through the roosting bars and broke I think it was a softie On the plus side she came to be nosy while I was checking to see if I had a mess to clean on the bars I didn't and she found the nest box and spent 30 minutes in there getting comfy so here's hoping for a 2 egg day tomorrow.

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