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by Spreckly
09 Aug 2011, 11:55
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Egg shells for grit?
Replies: 9
Views: 297

Egg shells for grit?

Sorry about all these questions. Despite reading the forum, and possessing two books on keeping hens, things crop up which I cannot easily search out. I have been keeping my egg shells, baking them in the oven, and then crushing them up to use as chicken grit, but one of my books says never to give ...
by Spreckly
09 Aug 2011, 11:52
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Keeping the shed clear of nasties.
Replies: 18
Views: 541

Keeping the shed clear of nasties.

On another thread, Korgscrew has said that he paints his shed each week with diatom paste. We have had our girls (three of them), for sixteen days now, and so far have puffered them with diatom powder twice, and puffered the shed once. I have also put the powder in their dust bath. Someone told me a...
by Spreckly
09 Aug 2011, 11:41
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Lost another Lady tonight
Replies: 35
Views: 984

Re: Lost another Lady tonight

So hard for you to lose two in such a short space of time.
by Spreckly
08 Aug 2011, 15:40
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Lizzie, Lottie and Lily's outing
Replies: 12
Views: 216

Re: Lizzie, Lottie and Lily's outing

Thank you for your kind comments. The grass is our lawn - no grass in the run after a couple of days! I wear wellies a lot as everything is sopping wet here at present, and my dress/skirt - the top half is an apron, skirt is ancient, but still wearable!
by Spreckly
08 Aug 2011, 15:25
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Red Mite I presume?
Replies: 17
Views: 862

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: 1076

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: 452

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: 216

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: 750

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: 388

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: 161

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: 216

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: 388

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: 1110

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: 388

Re: Muddy run

Thank you all for your advice. Our local log place wants two pounds a bag for wood chip!