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by Bridgets Mum
25 May 2016, 00:49
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Unknown predator
Replies: 7
Views: 2182

Re: Unknown predator

I've just had a look at your eglu run and the mesh looks really strong and fox proof, but also quite wide. I've been told that both a weasel and a stoat can get through one inch mesh and a mink or ferret don't need much more. I think it's surprising that we don't get more attacks from these creature...
by Bridgets Mum
25 May 2016, 00:37
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Feathers just not growing back
Replies: 11
Views: 3085

Re: Feathers just not growing back

I bought two point of lay Black Rocks a couple of years ago. They both had beautiful plumage and really stood out against my recently re-homed caged hens. One kept her fabulous feathers but the other started losing them after about 6 months and ended up looking like a battery hen for about 8 months....
by Bridgets Mum
25 May 2016, 00:25
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: karen's chicken diary
Replies: 1093
Views: 221554

Re: karen's chicken diary

Hi Karen I'm having a diary catch up and just wrote you a post - the computer ate it. Wrote another - the internet went off. So now it's just a short message to say I'm sorry to hear about Remie. I hope you can celebrate the lovely life you gave her and have lots of snoozes in the sunshine with Tidd...
by Bridgets Mum
25 May 2016, 00:20
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: Sandy's Pink Ladies
Replies: 1575
Views: 265407

Re: Sandy's Pink Ladies

Gosh Sandy, your girls are keeping you busy as ever. I'm having a catch up on the diaries and inevitably there are losses recorded. I find it has got a little easier because I am really working on the ' we give them more love and care than they would have almost anywhere' mantra and even our girls w...
by Bridgets Mum
25 May 2016, 00:04
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: preparations for the girls arrival on saturday
Replies: 21
Views: 17793

Re: preparations for the girls arrival on saturday

there's flickr too. I'm not great at IT and couldn't understand photobucket (which everyone tells me is easy). Flickr worked for me but that might just have been good luck!
by Bridgets Mum
25 May 2016, 00:00
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: Bridget's Mum's Fabulous Flock
Replies: 177
Views: 74518

Re: Bridget's Mum's Fabulous Flock

Oh dear. Lots of dallying. I don't know where the time has gone. Very sadly I have to report a few losses - Portia, my precious queen chicken died at Christmas. She did it very well though - was her usual impudent self one day, a bit subdued the next and died the next. If you've got to go then that'...
by Bridgets Mum
24 May 2016, 23:40
Forum: Garden Wildlife
Topic: Beekeeping with Fabindia
Replies: 107
Views: 83734

Re: Beekeeping with Fabindia

Hi Michael Good to hear of your beekeeping experiences although I'm sorry about your winter loss. My one colony seems to have come through the winter well and still has about 4 bars of honey. The brood nest is really large and I see lots of orientation flights to I am assuming the queen is laying we...
by Bridgets Mum
23 Oct 2015, 14:50
Forum: Garden Wildlife
Topic: Beekeeping with Fabindia
Replies: 107
Views: 83734

Re: Beekeeping with Fabindia

Hi Beekeeper and ex Beekeeper Just thought I'd update on how my hives are doing. I originally had two colonies but one was a cast swarm which went queenless and I ended up combining it with my large colony. That seemed to go well and as far as I am aware there was no fighting. My next big event was ...
by Bridgets Mum
15 Aug 2015, 01:33
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Red Mite Erradication Experiment
Replies: 10
Views: 2008

Re: Red Mite Erradication Experiment

How interesting. I'll look forward to hearing how you get on. I've run wild with the blowtorch recently, followed up with diatom. Haven't seen any sign of the wee beasties since but no doubt there will have been egg survivors. The idea of a clean, white interior is more attractive than my scorched h...
by Bridgets Mum
15 Aug 2015, 01:28
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: How chickens breathe
Replies: 2
Views: 738

How chickens breathe

I vaguely knew that a chicken's method of breathing differed from that of a mammal. I knew about air sacs but I certainly didn't know everything in this BHWT article. Chickens are just amazing.
http://www.bhwt.org.uk/how-your-chickens-breath/
by Bridgets Mum
12 Aug 2015, 01:16
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Advice needed for newbie! Bullying situation
Replies: 10
Views: 1660

Re: Advice needed for newbie! Bullying situation

Hi How have you got on? I haven't got anything to add to the excellent advice here and although I believe that all chickens will get on eventually, sometimes it takes more space and time than you perhaps have available. I was having trouble integrating one new girl into an existing flock, but the ad...
by Bridgets Mum
12 Aug 2015, 01:05
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: What hens lay the biggest eggs?
Replies: 24
Views: 18430

Re: What hens lay the biggest eggs?

Just realised that my largest egg laying chicken is the girl on the right. She has flown Rainbow Bridge now but will forever be the standard to which all my chickens should aspire. And I don't mean for the size of her eggs, I mean for her truly amazing personality and determination. Hats off to beau...
by Bridgets Mum
12 Aug 2015, 01:02
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: What hens lay the biggest eggs?
Replies: 24
Views: 18430

Re: What hens lay the biggest eggs?

The record around here is 105g laid by an ISA Warren ex battery hen. She laid quite a few around this size, but by no means every time.
The biggest eggs I get at the moment are laid by a tiny Black Rock although I haven't weighed any.
by Bridgets Mum
12 Aug 2015, 00:45
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Why are your hens called that particular name?
Replies: 24
Views: 5140

Re: Why are your hens called that particular name?

I have loved reading this post; such lovely names. I have 16 chickens but only named 3 of them myself. The whole family seems to suddenly be very chicken interested when new ones arrive and we've had some great names. Current ladies are: Portia - named because she and her mate Arabella looked so sno...
by Bridgets Mum
12 Aug 2015, 00:09
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: Bridget's Mum's Fabulous Flock
Replies: 177
Views: 74518

Re: Bridget's Mum's Fabulous Flock

I know I sound daft but these 4 girls seem really special and I am extra pleased to watch them exploring in the great outdoors. They have totally changed the dynamic of the whole flock and pulled everyone together. Post by kitla » Yesterday, 22:22 It makes me want to get some more ex bats myself, bu...