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Being very careful with no contact from supplier who was amazing, thanks Newland Poultry! We finally have birds :-)

2 x Pekins and 2 x Silkies all safety tucked up for the night (with a gentle hand up) now will keep them in run till next Weekend then give them run of the garden when home. (Which at the moment is all the time.) Will eventually replace the ugly breeze blocks with some nice heavy pots. Should I put anything in the run to entertain the girls during the day and how soon before I worm them?

Cheers 

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Gosh that Silkie is photogenic! Re worming Best to ask your supplier as they should have an idea when they were last wormed.

If you've a spare cabbage or similar you could pop that in for them to peck at. 

 

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Little sweeties :)

Don't forget that Silkies aren't waterproof and can't fly, so probably best to extend that waterproof cover down both sides and put a step under the bottom rung of the ladder

Let them settle first, then you can either worm routinely or send off to Westgates for a faecal testing kit to check if they need doing. I couldn't possibly recommend it as it's off-licence, but a lot of poultry vets will prescribe a preventative spot-on containing Ivermectin, which will stop them getting lice/mites and worm them as well. I still test for worms periodically.

Newland is a good outlet :)

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Those are beautiful girls 😊

How are they getting on and how are you enjoying them ?

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The girls have settled in nicely, lockdown meaning they are free to roam the garden most days although they don’t stray too far from their run. My little lad loves them and they enjoys a good daily chat with them.
 

At the moment they only have wood shavings as bedding they seem happy with this when they start laying is this still a suitable bedding?

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Wood shavings are just fine, they just don't compost as well as the hemp bedding such as Aubiose. The latter dries out poos better too, so less smell.

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There's plenty at a couple of outlets round here - North Oxfordshire. If you contact Aubiose on their FB page, they'll tell you which outlets near you still have stock.

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Hi.  I've just got 2 Pekins, 2 Silkies and 2 Frizzles today after 10 years of keeping ex-bats.  I'm concerned they won't be able to get up the steps to bed at night cos of their little legs!!!!how's yours getting on?Katy

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On 4/25/2020 at 2:27 PM, Katy-Lyon said:

Hi.  I've just got 2 Pekins, 2 Silkies and 2 Frizzles today after 10 years of keeping ex-bats.  I'm concerned they won't be able to get up the steps to bed at night cos of their little legs!!!!how's yours getting on?Katy

Hi,

I was wondering, how are your chickens doing?  How do the silkies manage the ladder?

Greetz

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They have mastered the ramp now, we do have a block underneath to help though.

First egg yesterday too!

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1 hour ago, Kelly.b said:

They have mastered the ramp now, we do have a block underneath to help though.

First egg yesterday too!

That is great!! 👍👍

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On 5/26/2020 at 8:53 AM, Sallybeligum said:

Hi,

I was wondering, how are your chickens doing?  How do the silkies manage the ladder?

Greetz

Do you know what they are doing fine.  I had a makeshift ramp in while they were small but removed it 2 weeks ago and they all manage fine

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Oooh, that's an attractive flock! You're going to love them.

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