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  1. I think I might be in the minority on here but I personally agree with lifting restrictions and going back to normal. I find the media sensationalising the figures every day to scare people incredibly misleading and not helpful. Perhaps my views are different as I am (fairly) young and not at any great risk but I think at some point we need to ignore daily cases and worry more about whether the NHS can cope with the levels they are experiencing. I'm not sure the long term damage to the economy, NHS waiting lists for other crucial care not to mention education should be playing second fiddle any longer to a virus that is increasingly under control (serious illness and fatality wise) through a decent vaccination program in the UK. I hope my viewpoint doesn't offend anyone - it is not intended to and I am very conscious that others do not share my opinion when I am out and about.
  2. I've had two cockerels now - the first was a gorgeous blue laced red wyandotte, he was a big lad but soft as and he had a lovely deep crow although he was loud. He used to crow a few times from about 4am and then occasionally at random points during the day. The next was a Pekin I inherited when he had to be re-homed due to noise! He was much more persistent in his crowing but he was quieter and higher pitched as he was so much smaller - almost sounded like a cat meowing loudly sometimes. Also lovely natured and used to sit in the house with the girls when they were laying to keep them company. I do miss having a boy sometimes as they have been so sweet but the girls couldn't give two hoots about being an all female flock again and I don't miss the racket at 4am!
  3. I have 3 girls that stop laying over winter and their combs shrink back during the 'off' season and then get larger and go red again once they come back into lay - they have 'normal' combs so it is easier to see.
  4. I had a feather pecking problem a couple of years ago and resorted to bumpa bits which did resolve it. I left them on for a month - i put them on all of the hens, not just the ones I suspected and it did stop them. I still see the occasional bit of pecking but none have bald patches anymore and they are all nicely feathered! Just keep an eye on them as I did have one that did not cope at all and I had to remove it early as she was struggling to eat and drink. I put them on after they had gone to bed which seemed to help too.
  5. You could have a look at the shooting clothing websites such as Ardmoor - anything designed for the ladies shooting lot tends to be nicely made and up for the rigours of the countryside. I have some jackets by Baleno and they are excellent.
  6. I have two BC Marans and they are big girls with stocky legs! Mine give up laying for about 5 months over winter along with my blue egg laying girl so tend to put on a bit of extra bulk but it comes off in summer when they start laying the occasional egg so I don't worry too much (they are about 3 years old now). How big is their run? I scatter a couple of handfuls of their pellets in the run every morning to encourage them to scratch around and forage a little more but it is fairly large with different levels and a decent height perch to make them flap about a bit!
  7. He is a handsome chap! Where are you based as you may be able to rehome him?
  8. It does sound like she might be broody - I'm sure someone will be along to advise on this. The more dominant hens do tend to assert their position in the hierarchy occasionally - mine do the same. They will give a quick peck and a chase if there is nice food around or if they find something interesting when free ranging. As long as they have plenty of food they will cope - I used to worry about it but it is just their way of keeping some kind of order. I have 6 girls with one obvious head hen, three middling ones and two bottom of the pile. Unless you see a lot of aggression and persistent pecking drawing blood I would let them get on with it. Hope that helps.
  9. I need to dose my girls with Ivermectin - do you need to get it down to the skin? Thanks,
  10. I would solve with an air rifle probably if nothing else is working and you aren't averse to shooting things - I tend to tackle the rats when we get them in the same way. On the plus side, wood pigeon is lovely to eat.
  11. Have you tried giving her Beryls? I was recommended this especially if she's had antibiotics at all as it will help get the good bacteria back in her system. You can get from the chickenvet website - it stinks though so beware!
  12. Are you sure she is not just broody rather than sick? Is she aggressive when you force her out of the nest box?
  13. I think tagging on to this is to not impose our own views of society on to the chickens! I remember being horrified at how they treat each other originally but it is their way and how they have evolved to keep order. Having said that, it doesn't stop me from sneaking an extra treat to the lowly bottom of the pecking order chook 😂
  14. Trust your instincts! After a while with chickens you learn their little tells is something is not right. I learnt this the hard way over the last few days after my cockerel became lethargic at the end of last week. I brought him in over the weekend to keep an eye on him and to make crop checks easier. As I suspected, crop not emptying and after much trying it would not improve. Straight to the vets Monday and, despite my own niggling doubts, was convinced a crop emptying was all that was needed and he was fine otherwise. So a large bill and a few hours later I brought him home with very little aftercare instructions or advice. By the next morning he had collapsed and died shortly after. Needless to say I was not impressed and wish I had stuck to my guns treating him at home and culling myself if I thought he was suffering/not improving. It is very easy to doubt yourself and my recent experience has taught me to trust my own judgement and knowledge of my flock!
  15. Completely agree Major - one of my favourite tricks is using half lentils and half mince for lasagne, chilli etc. It actually makes a lighter and tastier meal plus it goes twice as far! I think a lot of people don't know how to cook these days but am encouraged to see more of a trend in cooking and awareness of where meat comes from. The only 'ready meals' I buy are from a lovely lady (Glorious Game if anyone is interested) up North who makes meals at home using pheasants from the season using ingredients I would use too. Always happy to support a small business and it means I don't have to cook on a Friday!

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