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About sadieatthebridge

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    Book club!

    How about the Dust Trilogy by Hugh Howey? I don't really read SF, but I loved them!
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    New Girls Have Worms!

    Thanks guys! Re. the poor egg shell quality, all the ladies get mixed grit with oyster shell in a separate container. I'll see what the next few eggs are like and decide what to do. The soil in the run is a worry, because presumably the girls will all be reinfected within a few weeks...seeing as I've actually seen worms and they're scraggly rescues, I'll reworm again in 3 weeks time. I've never seen any worms with the original three, though that is not to say they've never had them. I've always just wormed every 3/4 months with Flubenvet, added ACV to their water, and sometimes garlic / herbal powder stuff to their pellets (can't remember what it is called). They don't spend much time in the run as they're free to free-range in the garden. I agree Dogmother, I assumed ex-barn hens would be worm-free. I've contacted the rescue just to check and ask for advice. We've had chooks for 2 years and this was our first worm sighting I've had a cuddle with them both this morning and they are still very thin compared to our 'big three'. Bright eyed, redder combs but still quite thin and straggly, plus Queenie has mucky bloomers, though it is dried on mud rather than anything really runny. She does sit down a lot more that the other hens, perhaps weak legs? so that could be a cause. But they both roost nicely of an evening Aah, Dogmother, I see you have lurchers We have a rescue greyhound (secretly terrified of the chickens )
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    New Girls Have Worms!

    Thank Andy I see what you mean about the poo - had it not been for the worm I'd have thought it was just a caecal poo. The problem with the run is that it is just a portioned off patch of garden (uncovered), so the groundcover is soil and a few logs/pallets. So although I can clear out the coop, I can't really change the floor of the run (can I?). Would Nettex work? I add ACV to their drinkers as a matter of course. I'll get some poultry tonic as I think it'll help the new chooks 'feather up' a bit, although TBH they've improved a lot since we got them - combs already looker redder, eyes brighter, some bald patches getting better, bare bums gone Queenie's egg today had a very thin shell - cracked when I added it to the helter skelter earlier - presumably that will improve as her health improves. Thanks for your help!
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    New Girls Have Worms!

    Oh, and 5. The girls have usually free-ranged in the past when I've given them the Flubenvet pellets - is this okay? Will they eat enough? All seems a bit random to me
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    New Girls Have Worms!

    Two weeks ago we rehomed 2 ex-barn hens from a rescue charity (I did come on here asking for advice re. integrating them....) Newbies Sunshine & Queenie are currently in an open top run, sleeping in a dog cage overnight. Our original three are being lifted into the coop which is in the same run for sleeping and are spending the days free-ranging in the garden. So two groups separated by a wire fence. The rescue hens were meant to be health-checked, wormed etc by the rescue charity, though as they were only picked up the day before they were rehomed I'm not sure if this is really possible? After a week, I happened to notice that the charity uses Vermex for worming, and around the same time I noticed some foamy yellow droppings.... so I decided to give them a dose of Flubenvet just in case. Foamy yellow droppings with worms appeared within a couple of days, so I started my original three girls on Flubenvet too (they were last wormed maybe 2 months ago...). It will be 7 days tomorrow. Queenie has laid today for the first time in a week, and I last noticed foamy yellow poo yesterday morning. Now this is my first chicken worm experience so I have many questions! My questions are: 1. The new chooks are in a closed run and have been since we got them. Do I need to sanitise the ground somehow? Or do I just reworm in X number of days? 2. Am I okay to mix the new & old chickens this weekend? They will both have had a full week of Flubenvet by then. 3. Is the foamy yellow poo indicative of worms? Does this stop once the worms are gone? 4. Is the fact that Queenie is laying again good news? She is the scragglier of the two, but is eating and drinking fine and looks bright enough. Sunshine has laid everyday bar one Thanks!
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    Cleaning Tips

    Micellar water worked a treat, thank you!
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    Cleaning Tips

    DD was playing in the garden yesterday in her pale grey suede boots (grrr!) so I might try this. Thank you!
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    Walkies anyone

    Did you buy one?! I have one but I've never been brave enough to try it!
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    Getting two rescue hens - how to introduce?!

    Thanks So I can keep them separate during the day and I'm around to keep an eye on things but I still have the nighttime problem. Would the new hens be okay sleeping o/night in the dog cage? Obviously I'd try to fashion some kind of perch...
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    Getting two rescue hens - how to introduce?!

    Oh dear, I don't really know anyone else with chickens. What about a dog cage for nighttime then enclosed in the run during the day? (With the Big Three in the garden)
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    Getting two rescue hens - how to introduce?!

    Thanks Mulle. The problem is that the run is uncovered, so the only predator-proof area we have is the coop...
  12. Calling all chicken experts.... I'm just after some advice re. introducing new birds to an existing group. We currently have 3 ladies, in pecking order: Hetty (Gingernut Ranger); Margot (Columbine) and Adelaide (Speckledy). Next week we are getting two rescue barn hens and I'm just wondering about how to go about the introductions. All of the official advice seems to call for weeks of quarantine, multiple runs and coops or fenced off areas, whereas the anecdotal advice seems to be 'chuck 'em together and keep an eye out' The girls currently have a coop in a large run. However, the run door is permanently open and they free-range in a large walled garden. I was thinking that I could confine the newbies to the run for a few days while the two groups get used to each other - but what happens at bedtime? Are they all calm enough to roost together on an evening? My existing chooks do occasionally spend the night in a tree (when we forget to check them), so could that be an option? The Big Three in the tree and the New Two in the coop? Obviously that isn't ideal due to predator risks. Any ideas? How did you manage your introductions? TIA
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    Columbine with yellow ears?

    Thank you. She is acting normally today, but just with yellow ears. She has however started losing feathers around her neck, but this is where my Gingernut started her moult a few months ago. When we called in for food at the breeders in the Summer, we did mention the balding neck of the Gingernut. They did mention something which could cause this, but discounted it as it was rare (can't recall what it was) and seemed to think it was just a moult. She has now almost fully regrown her neck feathers. Could it all be connected?
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    Columbine with yellow ears?

    Our Columbine's previously white ears seem to have turned yellow She seems otherwise well, though she isn't laying at the moment and is moulting. There's been no recent change in diet - she free ranges in the garden most of the day, and gets Garvo pellets along with treats. I assumed that she was just having a moult and a break from laying, but with the yellow ears I'm now wondering if it is something more sinister. Any ideas what is going on?
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    Slugs getting into food storage

    Thanks everyone. I guess I didn't hold out much hope for the metal bins being slug-proof, especially as the little blighters somehow get through UPVC doors into our conservatory. How do they do that?! Might upgrade to a metal bin, and shove a brick on top. It's worth a try!