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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when I'd say this, but I'm really missing being at uni just so I am around other people. And it was our thing that every Saturday we would go to one of our favourite cafes for lunch, and on Sunday go for lunch out to a pub - or for a trip etc. It's really just about interacting with other people, to be honest. One thing I have noticed is that I am developing some weird form of agoraphobia or something. We drove to a farm shop the other day which was perhaps 5 miles from home as the crow flies and I genuinely started feeling panicked about being out in the open and that far away from home! I started wondering if it was possible to give yourself Stockholm Syndrome. lol
  2. If you're looking for lovely little friendly hens that are good layers, you can't go wrong with the little brown hens IMHO. They go by various different names, though round here they all seem to be sold as a 'something' Ranger or Goldlines. If you want a mixed flock, you could try something like: 1 of each: Ranger, Light Sussex, Coucou Maran, and maybe an Orpington? Those are all quite friendly, and black Orpingtons look really pretty, again IMHO.
  3. I was talking about housing only, not the outdoor space.
  4. I'd quite like them to do a little duck house too - although I suppose you can probably adapt one of the Eglus for that?
  5. Just throwing this out there as an idea: How about designing some kind of Eglu Cube Max which would allow keepers to have more than 8 hens or some large breeds? We've decided we'd like to get some more hens, but it'd exceed the current capacity of our Mk1 - and significantly succeed the comparison for the Mk2 - which I still have no idea why the capacity was reduced, even if not by much.
  6. Hello again Izabella, As with most things, you'll probably find that everyone has various different ideas. About once every 2-3 months (depending on how wet the weather has been and how dirty the hens have been), we do a big clean out of all the wood chip. When we do this we take out all the chipping and then sprinkle Nettex and DE all over the ground before putting new chip down. Nettex Ground Sanitiser: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005P7ERPM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 DE: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B009ZE63Q2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 When we do our weekly clean in the Cube, we use a disinfectant and also spray DE into all the corners etc. as a defence against mites. Disinfectant: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Battles-Poultry-House-Disinfectant-Cleaner/dp/B003ZXS3GW/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=chicken+disinfectant&qid=1589477367&sr=8-2 Then once every 3 months we take the Cube apart completely, jet-wash the whole thing, and use this disinfectant: Mite killer: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003L6LUIQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 We also use Red Top fly catchers over spring/summer to try keep those at bay: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Red-Top-86757-Fly-Trap/dp/B06Y34JR84/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2SXY6DJ9MW5ZK&dchild=1&keywords=red+top+fly+trap&qid=1589477616&sprefix=red+top+fl%2Caps%2C135&sr=8-2 We worm them once every 3 months with Flubenvet. Hope that gives you some ideas. Cheers, Andy
  7. In defence of the Camerons, we took our cube apart the other day to give it a proper jet wash as we hadn't done it in a while, and when it came time I stood there looking at it for five minutes in a panic because my brain for some reason just couldn't mentally fit the pieces back; I wanted to build it back to front even though I knew that just wasn't right. D'oh!
  8. Think of the demographic; that's all I'm saying...
  9. Hello again. I can't vouch for these guys because I've never bought any myself, but I found this on eBay for you. If in doubt, I'd say always check eBay and/or Amazon, and you'll find almost anything you could ever want or need: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FINELY-SIEVED-WOOD-ASH-POTASH-CHICKEN-DUSTING-POTTERY-GLAZING-or-GARDEN/124166807592?hash=item1ce8eb2028:m:mZ_WRF342WwYxz85wcplKNA Hope that helps!
  10. Hello again, The play sand I've bought from various places over the years: Argos, Amazon, eBay etc. It's nothing particularly fancy - shop around for the best price. If you let them free roam in your garden, you'll probably find they ignore it and just dig bowls in the grass to bathe in anyway! It's like cats and scratching posts: you can buy the fanciest, most expensive one you can find, but they'll still scratch your sofas! lol I have a chiminea, so I use the ash left over from that. It's not a huge amount, I just mix it in as and when. I suppose you might be able to use something like bamboo/coconut charcoal too, but I don't know if anyone does. As it tends to be sold for cosmetic purposes, it's probably not that cheap either. The diatomaceous earth will help with any potential lice and mites too. Cheers
  11. Hello, Do you have any hens already? If so, you might want to keep them separated for a little while before introducing them; my understanding is that battery hens can be a little sickly to begin with, but perhaps someone can correct me on that. In the Mark 1 Cube, I think the recommendation was no more than 10 (?) normal sized hens (I have 9 in mine, but I do a mini-clean out in the week and then a full clean at the weekend); in the Mark 2, I think it's suited to between 6 - 8 hens. With hens, I think most people would agree that the more space you can give them, the better - but it's more to do with their outdoor space than in the henhouse. I think the recommendation is, ideally, about 1 square metre per hen. I give mine 2 square metres per hen, more if you include their outdoor paddock. I hope that helps, Andy
  12. Hello, I'm afraid I can't help but @Lewis might be able to offer some advice? Thanks, Andy
  13. Hello Izabella, I'm sure you'll get a few responses - and some that undoubtedly use different products than others, but for my hens I use a mix of children's play sand, diatomaceous earth, ash, and some loose soil. They seem to enjoy that. Cheers, Andy
  14. You can check to see if you can feel a little bump in the area. If you do massage her, just do it gently. I've never tried the warm bath technique, but I've only ever had the one instance of an egg bound hen.

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