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The site where I read similar advice about only giving corn as an evening treat was run by someone making the pellets. Their theory was that they should be given as many pellets as they can stuff themselves with and anything that reduces their appetite for them is a bad thing . They also said that i...
Yes, I've got a tin plate sat in the bottom of the oven. Any egg shells go onto it. the oven is used at least once a week, and I try not to leave too much white on the shells. If I'm using a lot of eggs for a batch of fruit cakes the oven goes on at once. By the time I've finished cooking the smudge...
Ah, maybe when you get a proper shell, it will be brown. The membrane surrounding the egg is white, so maybe it had such a thin shell that it was showing through. I've not had warrens, but my black rocks did me proud. If the warren started laying first, would that make her boss? And would that lead ...
There are 2 sorts of grit.
Little stones to help digestion, and stuff like oyster shell to provide calcium. They should have enough calcium in the feed, but I do get better shells if I give them some extra.
Yes they'll get into their stride.
Mine tend to stay out unless it's really pouring or blazing hot, when they go under cover, you'll have to leave the gate open, for them to get to the nest boxes, so they can choose. How big is it? It looks bigger than a commercial arc, Mine is about 4' x 4' with a similar run. I keep 6 in it but onl...
I find that a split open paper feed/potato sack is just the right size for my arc, and if I scrape it every morning it lasts for a week or so without getting too soggy to remove to the compost heap (not sure how it rots down). I buy hybrid point of lay hens, I don't know if I could cope with the wor...
So, I take it you'll replace the cat flap with a 'pop hole' and have them in the downstairs run in the daytime, with some bark to scratch in (or a raised bed of soil like Richard suggested). You'll know all about 'mucking out' as you've already kept animals. Yes, I'd agree with Wendy about 3 is bett...
I've got a moveable run made of flock net that I bought from our local farm/garden supplier. Like this kiwifenc click here It has bendy posts and 4' high net. You need to put guys on the corners and get it tight, if it sags at all they jump over it (but they can't jump onto it, so it's less easy to ...
Yes Richard, and if you decide to let them have the whole of the garden (and never mind Jim's veggies), then they decide they're not satisfied with that, and they go next door to the tidy garden they will NOT be welcome in.
I was looking for the petition (before you put the lihk up) and started reading the Freedom Foods pages about the conditionsthat barnand free range hens should be kept under. It was a 65 page Adobe doc. so I didn't get to the end of it. The bit I found interesting was the bit where they said that th...
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