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by Spreckly
08 Aug 2011, 15:25
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Red Mite I presume?
Replies: 17
Views: 822

Re: Red Mite I presume?

Mad Chick - just read your post on red mite. When you did the coop, did you move your hens elsewhere?
by Spreckly
07 Aug 2011, 14:56
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Wallace & Grommit
Replies: 63
Views: 1057

Re: Wallace & Grommit

Poor little Grommit. Just read what has happened to her, and hoping that the prolapse has stayed back in.
by Spreckly
07 Aug 2011, 14:43
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: ex batts 1 week on (pics)
Replies: 20
Views: 393

Re: ex batts 1 week on (pics)

Enjoyed looking at the photos of your new girls.
by Spreckly
07 Aug 2011, 13:11
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Lizzie, Lottie and Lily's outing
Replies: 12
Views: 200

Re: Lizzie, Lottie and Lily's outing

Lizzie, Lottie and Lily venturing out of their run this morning. http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx228/tedyates_photos/PICT0002.jpg http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx228/tedyates_photos/PICT0001.jpg http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx228/tedyates_photos/PICT0004.jpg
by Spreckly
07 Aug 2011, 10:29
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Some snaps of my chooks
Replies: 33
Views: 678

Re: Some snaps of my ladys

They are beautiful.
by Spreckly
07 Aug 2011, 10:27
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Muddy run
Replies: 15
Views: 369

Re: Muddy run

Got the run sorted by 8am, after an early start. The ground was drying up, and half the run is now roofed over with corrugated plastic sheeting. We have put more paving slabs down at the other end, and put a thick layer of wood chippings on the rest of the area. The girls are having a ball, flinging...
by Spreckly
07 Aug 2011, 10:23
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: what bedding to use?
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Re: what bedding to use?

My girls roost on a shelf, which I cover with about four thicknesses of newspaper, supplied by my neighbour.
by Spreckly
07 Aug 2011, 10:21
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Lizzie, Lottie and Lily's outing
Replies: 12
Views: 200

Lizzie, Lottie and Lily's outing

This morning we let the girls out for ten minutes, after making a safe area (we hoped), with three tall windbreaks. I stayed inside with a tin of mealworms, and OH took photos of them. They were quite cautious at first, but loved the grass. One thing concerns me, we have a lot of clover in our lawn,...
by Spreckly
06 Aug 2011, 13:21
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Muddy run
Replies: 15
Views: 369

Re: Muddy run

We should have got the run wood chipped yesterday, when it had dried up, but couldn't get the goods until this morning, when after torrential rain (again), it is a mud bath, and puddled everywhere. Got the corrugated sheets today - over eighty pounds, gulp, and OH is building a stout frame to fix th...
by Spreckly
06 Aug 2011, 11:44
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Have you done the £ claculation.
Replies: 28
Views: 974

Re: Have you done the £ claculation.

Until today, we have spent little on our hens. The hut was from freecycle, and we already had wire netting, though we bought some small gauge costing around ten pounds. Today we have paid twelve pounds for wood chippings, extortionate I thought, until we coughed up eighty four pounds for corrugated ...
by Spreckly
05 Aug 2011, 12:28
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Muddy run
Replies: 15
Views: 369

Re: Muddy run

Thank you all for your advice. Our local log place wants two pounds a bag for wood chip!
by Spreckly
05 Aug 2011, 12:26
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Edwardian Farm
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Re: Edwardian Farm

My great aunt who kept a flock of geese used their wings for sweeping the great and hearth. In her scullery she had several of them lying around!
by Spreckly
04 Aug 2011, 18:50
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Muddy run
Replies: 15
Views: 369

Muddy run

We knew that we were going to get heavy rain, but last night's was torrential, and this morning the run is like a fold yard. We had talked about covering it over during the winter, and decided to make enquiries today about plastic corrugated sheeting. We got the shock of our lives £30 including VAT,...
by Spreckly
04 Aug 2011, 14:35
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: We are moving!
Replies: 36
Views: 848

Re: We are moving!

I have done the DIY moving, and also had the experts to do the job. But we always get landed to move our offspring, who never seem organised, and packed and cleaned, in readiness for the big load to go to the new house. When we ourselves moved to our retirement home, our moving day coincided with my...
by Spreckly
03 Aug 2011, 14:00
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: How often do you look for red mite, fleas, etc?
Replies: 9
Views: 191

Re: How often do you look for red mite, fleas, etc?

I shall have to brace myself to catch them more often then. My OH has to do this for me, as I have not yet got that part of hen keeping sorted! They will let me stroke them for a second or so, and observe at close quarters everything I do. I poo pick three times a day in the run, and clean their roo...