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by MuddyHell
14 Oct 2014, 18:58
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Poo with tiny seed-like bugs ?
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Re: Poo with tiny seed-like bugs ?

thanks both. I don't think the eggs are laid after she has pooed, because it only the poo of one girl. the other poos, and there are a lot of them, are clear of visible eggs. I'll Flub the lot of them once we get the marriages delivery. We clear the run out and scrub the lot down with Jeyes each tim...
by MuddyHell
12 Oct 2014, 18:59
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Poo with tiny seed-like bugs ?
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Poo with tiny seed-like bugs ?

(I have consulted the poo chart, but saw nothing like this!) One of my girls (am not sure who) has been doing normal looking & smelling solid poos which have tiny seedlike bigs or insect eggs on the surface of the poo. They look like miniscule orange-coloured greenfly, but don't seem to have hea...
by MuddyHell
12 Feb 2014, 21:02
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: chicken boarding in yorkshire
Replies: 7
Views: 1504

Re: chicken boarding in yorkshire

How about Emma at the Rainbow Egg Company ? Try the business name on Facebook. Emma was great with our girls and you will get serious smallholding envy when you visit her set-up!
by MuddyHell
03 Feb 2014, 22:14
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Lost my little Daisy
Replies: 11
Views: 1007

Re: Lost my little Daisy

Sad times, tomato. Poor little Daisy. I can understand how you fell. I got home tonight to find one of mine laid out dead on the floor of the Walk-in-Run. :( We think she misjudged flyin down from the high roost in the run. It looks like she broke her neck and one wing, and hopefully died instantly....
by MuddyHell
11 Mar 2013, 23:15
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Fox attack and new girls
Replies: 31
Views: 1730

Re: Fox attack and new girls

Sorry to hear this Linsi. I lost my two favourite girls on New Year's Day so I can empathise with you. One of our remaining three ladies was shell-shocked and stopped laying. She went into a stress-induced moult and has looked very lost and forlorn over the last few months. Finally we are having a g...
by MuddyHell
02 Mar 2013, 21:09
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: A few weeks in, a few more questions!
Replies: 8
Views: 666

Re: A few weeks in, a few more questions!

Abbilee - it sounds like things are going really well and the clucks have you well trained I don't have much to add but thought I would mentioned how strange my last two new girls were when we got them. They didn't recognise corn or cabbage to begin with - they do now ! they have never taken to the ...
by MuddyHell
09 Oct 2012, 20:06
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Nest box divider
Replies: 16
Views: 770

Re: Nest box divider

Ours all slept in a big pile in the one nest box they liked to lay in, so I took out the divider (as per Perchy's suggestion). Then they all kept laying, sleeping and pooing inthe same side of the nest box rather than spreading out a bit. When we got two new girls, we added a new double nest box to ...
by MuddyHell
28 Jul 2012, 21:18
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Potato plants growing tomatoes ??!
Replies: 5
Views: 1006

Re: Potato plants growing tomatoes ??!

Thanks Annie & HM!
I'll ditch the berries - what a shame they are bigger & better than my actual tomatoes !!!
:-D
by MuddyHell
28 Jul 2012, 18:59
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Potato plants growing tomatoes ??!
Replies: 5
Views: 1006

Potato plants growing tomatoes ??!

This year I decided to grow some purple potatoes (seed potatoes from Thomsons I think). The plants flowered a couple of weeks ago, and I have just returned from a week's holiday to gind they have now grown a whole crop of what look like grren tomatoes !!! I've cut one in half, and it's like a cherry...
by MuddyHell
28 Jun 2012, 20:04
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Are there companies/induviduals who will look after chickens
Replies: 10
Views: 464

Re: Are there companies/induviduals who will look after chic

Hi there, We are taking our birds back to the breeder when we are on holiday. She runs "Hennels" so we will have peace of mind which is really reassuring. For the odd weekend we ask either neighbours or family to pop in, but I've already sussed out some local dogwalking services as a back-...
by MuddyHell
21 Jun 2012, 19:41
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Nail Varnish
Replies: 13
Views: 443

Re: Nail Varnish

The bit I like the best is the mad 'I can see a fly' chicken dance!

Yes SarahBee ! Cream Legbars with their funny afros all droopy from the rain - they are hilarious doing that dance !
by MuddyHell
18 Jun 2012, 19:28
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Whats the one thing you hate about keeping chickens ?
Replies: 32
Views: 866

Re: Whats the one thing you hate about keeping chickens ?

Early morning noise I *would* quite like it, but we are so paranoid about our neighbours complaining and having to get rid of our 4 girls due to their early morning racket. Another thing I didn't like was the guilt during the winter when they had to stay shut inthe small run while I was at work. At ...
by MuddyHell
09 Jun 2012, 12:52
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Runner beans decimated !!!
Replies: 10
Views: 4680

Re: Runner beans decimated !!!

thanks for your reply - I forgot that I had hoarded about 20 plastic 4 pinters in my shed. I've covered any seedlings I coudl salvage and will re-sow with some plastic fruit punnets I had saved. I'm also going to start a batch in the greenhouse as my Plan D replacements in case any of the above fail...
by MuddyHell
09 Jun 2012, 09:02
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Runner beans decimated !!!
Replies: 10
Views: 4680

Runner beans decimated !!!

After letting the chooks out this morning, I did my usual "seed patrol" - mooching round the veg garden in dressing down, wellies & drinking coffee. Yesterday my lovely strong runner bean seedlings were shooting up a good cm a day, this morning something has decimated them. All rooted ...
by MuddyHell
26 May 2012, 07:50
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Dust Baths - reclucktant users
Replies: 11
Views: 451

Re: Dust Baths - reclucktant users

Two of my four hens took to the dustbath the first morning they went out in the run. Now all four love it, but the first two still spend loads of time in there. We have a plastic recycling crate filled with top soil, sand, diatom and wood ash. I say filled - because I do refill it up regularly, but ...