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The first 24 hours and plans for my go up

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So the girls all came out into the run eventually and had a successful day all in all, (unlike me as I spent more time checking up on them than working from home). They eaten, drunk and pooped lots and even ate the expensive stuff I purchased for their dirt bath if they weren't scratching and kicking it everywhere. I could watch them forever, but they took themselves to bed at 8.15 when I came out to watch them after dinner. My 10 wwek old bantam bluebell kept coming upto me to allow me to pet her and she spent of her time with the 10 week old unnamed hybrid, whilst my 14 week old bantam blacktail and bantam rhode¬† rock mainly hung out with each other. I'm already planning on getting more ūüėā

I've moved the go up a bit so I could fit a 1metre extension but I wouldnt be able to use the access doors at the front anymore, only through back for cleaning and egg collecting Has anyone fitted double doors on the side for access instead? I'd love to get bantam Orpington's,  barred rocks and light Sussex too. 

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I think there is a kit to fit a door on the side. How much run do you have now? The standard run plus 1 m?

Personally I wouldn’t keep more than 4 bantams in that size run. I have the standard run, plus an additional 1,5 by 2 m run and 5 is really the max for me. 

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Hello CT, I have a 4m x 18m garden which they could use, though I'm going to section them off a bit of this as I'd like to keep some of my lawn. I currently have the standard go up with a 2m run. I guess the question is how many bantams co fortably fit into a go up with an additional metre run, in case they can't use the garden because of the weather? 

Do chickens usually make chirrupING sounds or just the babies? It's such a cute noise

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Morehens already - oh dear ūü§£

Perhaps you should let your employer know your productivity may take a dip over the next few weeks. Or you could be like me and get them to help with your work - my pekin has put in a voice ‚Äėappearance‚Äô on a national telecon and is a regular feature on my team FaceTime calls ūüėĀ

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Haha mullethunter, 

I attended our usual weekly virtual team meeting this morning on Skype.Every week we have a theme, this week it was our gardens.  Guess what I showed everyone?!

I need to just concentrate on the ones I've just as I'm new to this, but I love miniature's of anthing. The breeder does too hence so many breeds of bantam hybrid hens ( I forgot about the bantam speckledy''s and miss pepper pots and so many others, I want one of each in my dreams really!!!), hence she has miniature sheep and horses and goats aswell. 

 Maybe in the future  I will win the lottery and buy a cube for them all, it's important to have a dream right?

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My students have been asking during online lessons: uhm miss... is that a chicken I hear? Yes it’s a chicken. You have problems with that???

they like to do the egg call while I’m teaching...

Keep in mind that with bad weather or a Avian Influenza outbreak, your chickens might be confined permanently to their run. And then 4 bantams is quite enough in a 2 m run of a Go Up. 

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Good morning CT,

I know which is why I was thinking about getting an extension for the run ( and some more hybrid bantams) but since I've only had my first ever cooks for 37 hours I need to just concentrate on looking after the ones I have.

I only wanted 3 bantams but the breeder recommended getting four as they were different ages and it would minimize the chances of bullying if I bought two of each age and unless they are sleeping,  when they all huddle up together, the younger ones keep close each other  and the older two stay near each other so buying four seems to have been the right decision. 

They are fascinating to watch. They were up and out of the coop and in the run when I got up this morning and I watched them in the drizzling rain whilst drinking my breakfast coffee. 

 

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Don’t forget that you also have vertical space so add a perch or two.  Bantams love to perch as high as they can get.  Mine roost outside all year round.    When you do think about a cube, look for a Mk 1.   They are bigger and more robust than the Mk2 in my opinion.   Invest any saved money in as much run as you can afford and squeeze in.   Enjoy! 

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Hi Patricia

I've put a couple of perches in as well as a few logs and a dirt bath made from low round plant pot. Here is a picture of my first ever flock.

There's Fanta  (blacktaiil), Pepsi ( rhode rock), Vimto  (bluebell), and Sprite ( the blue egg laying experiment that intrigues me. It's gold, cream and grey with a crele pattern and a crest and maybe a beaRd?) Its hard to get a photo of them all together!

 

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