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  Happy Birthday Zenith!!
Posted by: scotsfran - 15-10-2018, 07:27 AM - Forum: Test Messages (deleted weekly) - Replies (5)

Many happy returns Zenith - hope you have a great day! Happy panda

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  Won't lay in nest box
Posted by: PickyP - 09-10-2018, 12:20 PM - Forum: Eggs - Questions & Answers - Replies (1)

Can anyone help? I have one hen who will not lay her eggs in the nest box like everyone else. She is one year old and (I think) still laying well but I have to hunt to find her eggs. Everyone else manages to lay in one of the 5 nest boxes provided but she hides hers in the garden and I often don't find them until it's too late.

I can't think of a way to keep her in, as if I shut the door everyone else would be shut out and there really are too many of them to leave everyone in all day.

Any ideas anyone?

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  Poultry auction
Posted by: april - 09-10-2018, 08:58 AM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (9)

Off to a local poultry auction on Sunday.  I have my shopping list, I've marked up the catalogue and I'm going to be very strict with myself !  What's the chances of all that going to plan then ? Big Grin

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  Creocote
Posted by: zenith - 04-10-2018, 01:44 PM - Forum: Gardens - Flowers, Lawns etc - Replies (2)

I usually buy Creocote  the substitute for Creosote for doing fences around the home. I know this is usually around the £11.00 mark. 
A few weeks ago I noticed they had it in a local B&M Bargains store on offer for £5.00. Yesterday I decided I'd go and have another look. There was only one left, as they had changed all the seasonal stuff on that aisle. When I got to the checkout with it I was charged £1.00 for the 4 litres Smile I can't complain at that.  I will look out for this type of offer again next year too.

Just thought I'd pass this on in case you have a similar store near you.  Smile

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  Funny old day nature wise.
Posted by: zenith - 30-09-2018, 05:46 PM - Forum: Wildlife - Replies (4)

This afternoon chicken starts alarm calling I'm thinking a cat is about braving passing my dogs. Only to spot a large hawk on the conservatory roof chicken pen is next to this. So out I go and it takes flight not to well I thought. A few moments later it is back and crash lands into the pond fence little Yorkshire terrier tries to catch it though the fence wire and it takes flight again. 
We are then sat having our meal and the French bulldog goes ballistic barking at the conservatory perched on the fan we find a collared dove. Now the outside door has a mesh net on it one the dogs can get through and it closes with magnets so how it got through that I don't know. I then have the fun of trying to catch poor dove with a pond net and remove it outside to fly away.

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  Solar Garden Lights
Posted by: zenith - 27-09-2018, 03:01 PM - Forum: Gardens - Flowers, Lawns etc - Replies (3)

When you order Solar powered colour changing lights for the garden via flea bay ! They arrive you put them together and find one not working out of four. You put them in the garden thinking they may just need charging. Only to find they are not colour changing at all  Angry . Messaged the seller to get the usual excuses try this and that! My reply I don't have a magic wand. They are now on the way back recorded delivery which cost almost as much as the lights. They did offer a postage label, that would have been fine if I had a printer. 

Looked at the feed back on this seller after the event, only to find it's not the first time this has happened . Angry 



Sorry the end of my Victor Meldrew moment.

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  Chickenmum
Posted by: zenith - 16-09-2018, 12:18 PM - Forum: Test Messages (deleted weekly) - Replies (6)

Happy Birthday I hope you have a lovely day.  Smile

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  Chickens dropping like flies!
Posted by: PickyP - 06-09-2018, 12:47 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (4)

Does anybody have any ideas as to how you can help me?

Last week one of my chickens who was just over a year old looked a bit under the weather on Friday and was dead in the hutch on Saturday morning. There were no obvious symptoms, no dirty bottom, just looked a bit hunched and then dead. This morning a second hen looks exactly the same. She is hunched, lethargic and this time she does have a dirty bottom and I can see her chest moving up and down as she breathes. I am thinking maybe coccidiosis but there is no blood in the poo, just a dirty, slightly green bottom.

I have isolated her and put some apple cider vinegar in her water ( and that of the other girls) but don't know what else I can do to protect my other girls, especially my little bantam chicks that were hatched earlier this year.

Does anybody have any advice?

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  Boys
Posted by: april - 05-09-2018, 10:05 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (6)

Have managed to find decent homes for 3 cockerels in 2 days...……………….is this is a record ?

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  Roosting Problem
Posted by: Greenman - 02-09-2018, 09:59 AM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (17)

Hello All!

I have been keeping Sussex hens for over ten years now and they have been an absolute dream. Recently we have come by a beautiful Bantam Cockerel (Legbar) and two bantam hens of doubtful breed (!).

Having kept them since hatching and introducing them gradually to the great outdoors, they now free range around our garden but (and here is the problem) refuse to take themselves back to their coop on a night time (even though during their 'youth' we kept them in a safe run area and they were happy to go in to their house).

Now they all roost in one of our apple trees, which wouldn't be such a bid deal of course if the cockerel didn't wake the neighbourhood up at dawn!  It is causing a bit of a problem now and I would really appreciate any suggestions on how we can get them used to going into their coop on their own.

Many Thanks

Dave Cool

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