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Lewis

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  1. I have a Jim Vyse run and love it, it’s well made and was fairly easy to construct. Would definitely recommend I bought a second for my house (the big one is at my parents) but problems with neighbours means the chickens never moved in (they went to my parents) so will be looking to sell it. It’s 2.4x2.4m
  2. That sounds like a great mix of breeds and egg colours I had a Welsummer bantam a few years ago and she was nice natured and a great layer of dark eggs Not heard of them being particular bullies before
  3. The Black Friday deals are really generous so I would buy now, can't remember them ever going above 20% either
  4. Hey, this was my undergrad dissertation. I can't remember the concentrations without finding it (was 8 years ago) sorry! It worked really well in the lab and killed >90% of mites but the issue with essential oils is that they are volatile and evaporate so without impregnating it into bedding or something it would need to be constantly resprayed which is why I didn't continue pushing it.
  5. Agree with both comments above, it sounds like a humidity issue. The worst thing you can do is open the incubator during the last 3 days of incubation as it will cause massive spikes in humidity, even more so if you add water as it will suddenly drop then spike. I also dry hatch and don't add any water to my incubators, even for the last 3 days. I tried to hatch some Call Ducks from my own eggs last year and they all got to full term and were dead in shell, so for the second hatch I added water and helped out a lot more than I would with chickens.
  6. They'll start to moult and stop laying for winter around this time of year which may another reason why too. I use Nettex Vit boost + in their water
  7. Not something I've come across and there's not really an anti-worm regime aside from good husbandry and biosecurity, you can't make the host less attractive to parasites.
  8. She will have coped for over a year in the sheds so should do just fine
  9. I don't give mine grit until the join the big flock and start getting layers pellets, around 16+ weeks old
  10. Congratulations! The last year must have been mad studying at home, I know friends who have found it all very odd. Go for it! The scrolls they use for photos are a white drain pipe with a ribbon on anyway! Congratulations! The last year must have been mad studying at home, I know friends who have found it all very odd. Go for it! The scrolls they use for photos are a white drain pipe with a ribbon on anyway! Congratulations! The last year must have been weird studying at home, I know friends who have found it all very odd. Go for it! The scrolls they use for photos are a white drain pipe with a ribbon on anyway! Congratulations! The last year must have been weird studying at home, I know friends who have found it all very odd. Go for it! The scrolls they use for photos are a white drain pipe with a ribbon on anyway!
  11. Where are you based? There are a few outlets which stock eglu’s, they don’t all have the full range but the Go is most popular with retailers
  12. I think part of the issue is you may be conditioning them to be loud! If they make a lot of noise and you reward them (give them treats) then they'll continue to do it so I would ignore them as best you can. We hatched some Call Ducks last year which free ranged every day for months and were really loud when not let out. It got to a point that if they weren't out at 7am they'd call really loudly until they were let out
  13. I see lots of chickens with sour crop and would say over half the owners have been giving yoghurt. I recommend avoiding. Glad to hear she is on the mend
  14. I doubt it tbh, I have one for the dog and it’s not really cold to the touch but takes heat away from them as they lie on/make contact with it. I think a chicken would be too light and just sit on top of it rather that spreading out. A broody crate is a better idea IMO.
  15. Looks like another name for an Araucana cross, strange that she isn't laying blue/green but they won't change as she gets older
  16. I’d be going back to the breeder as two shouldn’t have died in as many weeks and the responsibility lays with them. As for the vet/antibiotics, ring them to have a chat and discuss the treatment plan but you can’t demand anything from them and if you have another appointment you will be charged for their time; the same as you would at any solicitors, dentist, private GP etc.
  17. As above, use a broody crate to break her out of it. If you hatch you'd need somewhere separate from the others for her to raise the chicks and a plan for all the boys which will hatch.
  18. Lewis

    Prolapse?

    Glad to hear the treatment worked and shes feeling better
  19. Lewis

    Prolapse?

    Sugar can help as an astringent and hold it in for a few minutes. If it keeps popping out I’d give your vet a call, she may need some anti inflammatory or possibly a stitch to keep it in.
  20. As you've found out, ducks are a lot messier than chickens as they tend to root around under the grass rather than pecking at it. I have my run on a paved base and allow them to free range when allowed. We use Aubiose as bedding, could use hardwood chips too.
  21. The chicks from my latest school incubation project came home today They’re a mixed bag of hybrids and Sussex x Vorwerk and Appenzeller so will be interesting to see what they end up looking like!
  22. I wouldn’t worry too much, if she’s not laying she’s probably not eating that much so excess calcium is unlikely to cause issues

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