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Lewis

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  1. I agree they'll be fine outside overnight if they're already out all day
  2. They'll be fine on layers pellets. As you say, as they slow down and stop laying they eat a lot less so I wouldn't worry too much
  3. Busy afternoon! I would give her a few hours then try her again, they can dehydrate fairly quickly and it would be good to get more Coxoid on board Fingers crossed!
  4. She will more likely bully the newbies as the established hen, especially if they are POL, but due to chicken maths I would go three
  5. Very cute I had African pygmy frogs at uni but they were completely aquatic
  6. Agree with above I would be treating for Coccidiosis. You're probably best to try a local poultry stockist to get Coxid unless you have an avian vet nearby as most small animal vets won't carry meds as standard so won't have them until Monday/Tuesday
  7. I've had several groups of commercial birds in the past and I'm really not a fan; they have their place on commercial farms and smallholders set up for batch style rearing but I struggled with a large group (6, 12, more) all needing dispatching and dressing at the same time and then needing freezer space. There are dozens of varieties of Cobb etc too, some more suited for free ranging than others. We now keep the chicks we hatch for the table, at the moment have three Marans which will be for the table. If I were going to breed or keep birds specifically for the table I'd get Ixworth every time.
  8. Thanks all! Very exciting, it's a new build in between our two practices so will be handy for work and is 50m from the canal so great for dog walks. I assumed most doors were reversible but doesn't seem to be the case so will get a left hinge. I love the look of Smeg fridges but they're silly money so that might have to wait a few years
  9. Often online pharmacies sell drugs cheaper than vets can order them from wholesalers due to the quantities they order them in. I usually dose when they've gone to roost 'cos you can just go along them in a row and its much quicker
  10. I'm in the process of buying a house and so looking at fridge freezers as I have a 'standard' ~60cm gap and obvious place to put it. I have two questions: The gap is in a corner on the left of my kitchen cupboards, with a wall to the left. Most fridge freezers are right hinged, a limited number are left hinged (open against the wall), so would would that make more sense or am I over thinking? At home I use our built in ice dispenser multiple times a day. I coped without one for 8 years at uni but would you pay more for an ice dispenser (and the plumber to install it)?
  11. Hey! Think I remember you building that massive Walk in Run and lots of concrete being poured, do you still have the same run? Glad all the transplant went well, must have been a difficult time. All going well here, I graduated just over a year ago and loving life as a small animal vet
  12. I’m a big fan of the incubator shop too, excellent customer service Also great to deal directly with Brinsea
  13. The details used to be public and probably still are on the website but basically people contact you, you show them your Omlet housing, answer any questions and get a commission of any sales they purchase - I think 5% from memory.
  14. We have one in the kitchen which probably gets used once a year as it's very noisy and the heat doesn't seem to stick around for very long - kind of only used after a snowy walk or when we get back from holiday and the house is freezing, but now we have Hive that's easily rectified so I don't think we'd replace it if it broke.
  15. I miss my friends. I’ve lived in halls and student houses for 8 years surrounded by people all the time so it’s been strange not seeing them. This week I should have been back at Uni watching my friends in the year below graduate. I miss the pub quiz, seeing regular strangers every week.
  16. How old? I’d guess boy at this stage but feathers aren’t quite there yet either
  17. Sorry was being a bit dramatic We’re meant to get an hour for lunch but have skipped lots recently and normally been getting 15mins so it’s the second time I had a full hour to go home
  18. Work has been manic for the last few months but I finally got a lunch break yesterday (second time in 13 weeks 😬) sat in the garden with a coffee and the chicks
  19. Great to see you back - and the new additions!
  20. I commonly use my iPhone torch as a candler and it works well but the Brinsea OvaScope is much brighter and works a lot better. I’d candle from Day 10 so you can be sure. I use I medicated crumb as that’s what my feed store has and I’m hoping to have ducklings which need unmedicated - I can also get medication quickly which others may not be able to if they have a Coccidia outbreak. If I had the choice I would use medicated for peace of mind. 20mins a day will be fine, they can get a bit grumpy when you go to take them off. I’d separate others but the adults will be fine having crumb if not.
  21. Hey, welcome to the forum. Hybrids and ExBats aren't bred or longevity so she's done well to get to this age. I would guess she has an abdominal mass or reproductive disease but dark fluid doesn't sounds great; when you say chest could it have been her crop? Chickens are quiet stoic so given how unwell she looks I would guess poor prognosis but try and get her eating and have a look for a chicken savvy vet if you can.

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