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by KarenE
13 Nov 2020, 00:45
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Chickens moulting
Replies: 5
Views: 651

Re: Chickens moulting

It's perfectly natural, they usually moult anytime from Sept onwards. Mine are all going through it at the moment. If your friend's hens haven't moulted, that would be very unusual unless they were Point-of-Lay this year - younger birds really come into their first proper moult around 18 months (whi...
by KarenE
10 Nov 2020, 21:10
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: karen's chicken diary
Replies: 1093
Views: 226367

Re: karen's chicken diary

All ok with the Ginger Ninjas. Pokey's having another moult spurt - wing feathers now - as is Smudge. Dory's in the growth stage but will lose feathers again soon, and miracle of miracles Coco is still laying!! Dory's personality always changes when she moults. On saturday she decided she needed to ...
by KarenE
30 Oct 2020, 00:54
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: karen's chicken diary
Replies: 1093
Views: 226367

Re: karen's chicken diary

It's been so wet and miserable, and with the evenings getting dark so quickly, I've hardly seen the girls. Dory, who is moulting heavily now, is doing her usual moult-related disappearing act and lurking in the depths of the garden, only venturing out for treats and trying to figure out ways of gett...
by KarenE
26 Oct 2020, 19:39
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: karen's chicken diary
Replies: 1093
Views: 226367

Re: karen's chicken diary

Hi CC! I do add poultry spice whenever the girls are having mash, which I do as an occasional treat as they love it. If anyone's appear under the weather or are struggling to get food (because the other greedy guts get it!) then I whip out the mash and it goes down a treat. I'm worming them at the m...
by KarenE
24 Oct 2020, 09:19
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: karen's chicken diary
Replies: 1093
Views: 226367

Re: karen's chicken diary

It's been ages since I posted on here! Pokey has moulted - well, is moulting, and is looking in a sorry state although seems quite happy in herself. She seems to have half moulted so I'm wondering whether she'll lose the other half when these new feathers are fully grown in. Dory has joined the part...
by KarenE
01 Sep 2020, 12:07
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: My attempt to keep chickens.
Replies: 2449
Views: 421916

Re: My attempt to keep chickens.

Hi Bob

So sorry to hear you've lost some hens. I suppose if we should choose a way for them to go, quietly and of old age after a very happy life would be the one we would choose. {hug}

Hope you're looking after yourself as well as the flock!
by KarenE
01 Sep 2020, 12:05
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: The Henpals Rainbow Bridge Log
Replies: 527
Views: 143034

Re: The Henpals Rainbow Bridge Log

Huge condolences for all the hens lost recently, Bob's hens and Ivybelle. May their days over the bridge be spent with the sun on their wings and peace in their hearts {hug}

Dory Grey, Pokey, Smudge and Coco
by KarenE
01 Sep 2020, 12:01
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Growing beans, advice, please.
Replies: 10
Views: 1472

Re: Growing beans, advice, please.

Yes, mine are dying back now too. I've dug most of them up, but left a few in the hope (vain I think!) that they may get a last burst of life
by KarenE
01 Sep 2020, 12:00
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: new normal '
Replies: 42
Views: 5207

Re: new normal '

This is a really interesting thread! I don't believe that history is history - the past shapes the present and we feel its effects far into the future. Also I believe the past offers us lessons if we would only learn them (but as humans we will continue to make mistakes anyway!) Definitely we are fe...
by KarenE
31 Aug 2020, 10:27
Forum: Environmental, Green & Ethical Issues
Topic: Plastic Bags for Life ...
Replies: 11
Views: 4746

Re: Plastic Bags for Life ...

It's the rest of the unnecessary plastic packaging that also gets me. Why does everything have to come wrapped in plastic, insde plastic or cardboard boxes? So much waste and pollution
by KarenE
31 Aug 2020, 10:25
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: karen's chicken diary
Replies: 1093
Views: 226367

Re: karen's chicken diary

For the 4th day running Dory has been out in the run and has not gone back into the coop so I think FINGERS CROSSED AND TOUCH WOOD that she isn't broody any more! It's so nice to see her pottering about and causing mayhem with the others, and she's stopped making that funny noise and fluffed up head...
by KarenE
22 Aug 2020, 09:55
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: new normal '
Replies: 42
Views: 5207

Re: new normal '

Agree with you completely Mo. It's classic divide and conquer, stirring up hatred to other groups in order to deflect and disguise from what is really going on, and that is the continued transfer of wealth and assets into the hands of the already excessively rich. We don't need new planning laws, we...
by KarenE
22 Aug 2020, 09:43
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Red Columbine
Replies: 3
Views: 649

Re: Red Columbine

You're welcome, and Columbian Blacktails and Black Rocks are both lovely birds, ecellent for backyard keeping )t'
by KarenE
21 Aug 2020, 17:34
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Red Columbine
Replies: 3
Views: 649

Re: Red Columbine

Do you mean Columbian Blacktails? If so, they aren't a new breed

https://chickensbristol.co.uk/product/c ... ktail-hen/
by KarenE
21 Aug 2020, 12:12
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Have you stocked up just in case?
Replies: 20
Views: 1899

Re: Have you stocked up just in case?

Indeed LL, a no deal Brexit is going to create some supply chain issues there's no doubt about that, on top of issues that the pandemic will cause too. I'd already been putting aside some staples anticipating some shortages in the short term, like pasta and such, even before the virus hit. I think w...