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by Greenhorn
15 Jun 2020, 09:09
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Separating a cockerel
Replies: 8
Views: 1397

Re: Separating a cockerel

Final episode Thanks for your comments and suggestions. Yesterday we took Marjorichael to Chookies Farm in Deal, where the owner clearly knew what she was doing and was very helpful. She did not hesitate, when I called her, and said he will be separated for a while, then will then be able to roam. I...
by Greenhorn
10 Jun 2020, 12:05
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Separating a cockerel
Replies: 8
Views: 1397

Re: Separating a cockerel

Thank you. Interesting responses. Yes, the reason for wanting to separate them is that there are only five hens to one cockerel and research indicates there should be no fewer than eight. Because of his constant attentions, the hens are now practically bare on their backs, towards their tails - with...
by Greenhorn
26 May 2020, 12:17
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Separating a cockerel
Replies: 8
Views: 1397

Separating a cockerel

So far, there have not been any takers for the unplanned cockerel that we thought was a hen! If a new home cannot be found, another alternative may be to secure some chicken wire in the enclosure, thus separating Marjorichael (the cockerel) from the hens. Does anyone know whether this is appropriate...
by Greenhorn
26 Apr 2020, 13:40
Forum: Hens needing Homes / Homes needing Hens
Topic: Free Light Sussex cockerel to a good home
Replies: 2
Views: 3499

Free Light Sussex cockerel to a good home

The lovely six hens acquired last year have turned into five hens and a cockerel! This was originally a bit of a novelty for me and the neighbours have not complained, so it was not an issue. However, the five girls are now being pestered by the cockerel (orignally Marjorie, then Michael - so now Ma...
by Greenhorn
26 Apr 2020, 13:37
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: New additions to the family
Replies: 7
Views: 6718

Re: New additions to the family

The lovely six hens acquired last year have turned into five hens and a cockerel! This was originally a bit of a novelty for me and the neighbours have not complained, so it was not an issue. However, the five girls are now being pestered by the cockerel (orignally Marjorie, then Michael - so now Ma...
by Greenhorn
20 Aug 2019, 12:39
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: New additions to the family
Replies: 7
Views: 6718

Re: New additions to the family

They were fine during the heat. There is a lovely shady spot behind their house and they have had plenty of water. Our Barnevelder (Syrup, not Sylvie - she being the Silver Laced Orpington!) is so far the most friendly and will come up to me when I have corn. She lets me tickle the back of her head/...
by Greenhorn
12 Jul 2019, 22:24
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: New additions to the family
Replies: 7
Views: 6718

Re: New additions to the family

https://thumbs2.imgbox.com/62/48/9SH4zGxm_t.jpg It worked. Thank you KarenE and Wendy. A bit laborious and I shall probably forget, but managed it this time. A paperclip is so much easier! These are our new six: Fifi the French Wheaten Maran Treacle the Welsummer Syrup the Gold laced Orpington Marj...
by Greenhorn
12 Jul 2019, 17:46
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: New additions to the family
Replies: 7
Views: 6718

New additions to the family

We now have six new girls. How do I upload a picture? Cannot see a paperclip for inserting.

Many thanks.
by Greenhorn
04 Jun 2019, 21:06
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Here we go again
Replies: 4
Views: 5572

Here we go again

No chastising please! After we lost our six girls a few weeks' ago, the remaining two have been kept inside nearly all the time - with me feeling bad about them not being able to run free. Today they were let out and were with me this morning when I was pottering. When it started to rain I came indo...
by Greenhorn
13 May 2019, 08:35
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Where to buy pure breeds in Kent
Replies: 3
Views: 4982

Where to buy pure breeds in Kent

Given that I shall probably get some more girls - after the disaster of 10.05.19 when the fox got six of mine - is anyone able to recommend places to go where I can get friendly pure breeds who like to be handled? Not sure if this is allowed on this site, so forgive me if I am not supposed to ask fo...
by Greenhorn
13 May 2019, 08:28
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Sad end to the day
Replies: 19
Views: 12940

Re: Sad end to the day

The hutch is there because that is how I introduced the bantams to the hens. I attached a dog crate to the outside for a few days and then removed the crate, leaving them all to mix. The bantams used to hide under the hutch if they felt threatened by the hens. The only downside to this (because it w...
by Greenhorn
12 May 2019, 12:37
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Sad end to the day
Replies: 19
Views: 12940

Re: Sad end to the day

Thanks all. Originally we had four hens, then when of our Welsummes died of natural causes so we were left with three. We were given six bantams last September and they were introduced very slowly and all got along fairly well. Our Legbars picked on them every now and then, but generally only when c...
by Greenhorn
11 May 2019, 14:56
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Sad end to the day
Replies: 19
Views: 12940

Re: Sad end to the day

Thank you all so much. I am just not sure whether to replace the missing girls or not. Is it fair to have hens that are kept in their run all day every day? One the other hand, they give me so much pleasure (selfish) and there are now only two left. I knkow I have to keep them in for the time being ...
by Greenhorn
10 May 2019, 20:41
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Sad end to the day
Replies: 19
Views: 12940

Re: Sad end to the day

Thank you. Just had another lucky escape. I left the run open, in the very slim chance that any survivors might come back at bed time. Just went down to shut them up and the final two were nowhere to be seen, but a fox jumped over the fence in front of me. I hunted around the garden and found clever...
by Greenhorn
10 May 2019, 19:23
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Sad end to the day
Replies: 19
Views: 12940

Sad end to the day

Went out at 1.15 pm today to go to a friend's memorial. Got back around 5.00 pm to find a garden full of feathers. One dead hen Wanda (the Welsummer) and feathers everywhere. When I left today I had six bantams and two hens (one Welsummer and one Legbar). Apart from poor dead Wanda, could not find a...