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by KarenE
07 Jul 2020, 16:45
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Grass Protector
Replies: 7
Views: 1185

Re: Grass Protector

I'll also second and third a run roof, so useful. Slanted rain and snow will still come in through the sides, so have a think about that if you're covering your run and especially where you're putting food down. Actually a meshed floor could be useful, not to save your grass (aint gonna happen!) but...
by KarenE
05 Jul 2020, 11:11
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: karen's chicken diary
Replies: 1093
Views: 226223

Re: karen's chicken diary

Sad to report that Mango passed away this morning, after a long illness. Not sure what it was but I suspect heart problems mixed in with problems affecting her crop - probably tumours. We brought her into the house earlier in the week where it was warm and I could at least try to get water and some ...
by KarenE
05 Jul 2020, 10:57
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: The Henpals Rainbow Bridge Log
Replies: 527
Views: 142858

Re: The Henpals Rainbow Bridge Log

Marking the sad passing of Mango over the Bridge this morning. Mango never really got over the loss of Little Will, but she fought right to the very end both to stay with us and to make sure she was never bottom hen. Remembering our beautiful and majestic Mango https://images2.imgbox.com/87/cd/JfQRz...
by KarenE
05 Jul 2020, 10:52
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: The Henpals Rainbow Bridge Log
Replies: 527
Views: 142858

Re: The Henpals Rainbow Bridge Log

So sorry to hear about Goldie Bob, she was such a character I'm sure she wil be greatly missed. Apologies for not seeing your post earlier {hug}
by KarenE
01 Jul 2020, 13:25
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Warren Browns/ Rhode Island Reds - ideal age
Replies: 10
Views: 1423

Re: Warren Browns/ Rhode Island Reds - ideal age

well with most hens in their peak egg production within their first 18-24 months (that is when the farmers move them on) then you are inevitably going to face a drop in eggs at some stage, although the likelihood is any hens you get will lay regularly or intermittently for the rest of their lives. D...
by KarenE
30 Jun 2020, 20:06
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: My attempt to keep chickens.
Replies: 2449
Views: 421594

Re: My attempt to keep chickens.

How are you feeding Big N Bob? I got some harrison's recovery formula for Mango but she's not interested and I can't even open her beak to try and get some in...
by KarenE
30 Jun 2020, 20:04
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Warren Browns/ Rhode Island Reds - ideal age
Replies: 10
Views: 1423

Re: Warren Browns/ Rhode Island Reds - ideal age

Ex commercial hens - the rehoming orgs usually ask for a donation to cover their costs. Fresh Start For Hens ask for £2.50 per bird but of course you can give more! I think if you went to a poultry auction you can probably pick up birds cheap as well but I doubt there are any on at the minute. I wou...
by KarenE
30 Jun 2020, 19:51
Forum: Grow your Own Diaries
Topic: Kitty's Gardenning Adventures
Replies: 41
Views: 18064

Re: Kitty's Gardenning Adventures

Oooh you're early! I'm nowhere near picking!
by KarenE
30 Jun 2020, 19:50
Forum: Grow your Own Diaries
Topic: Karen's 2015 garden diary
Replies: 140
Views: 64666

Re: Karen's 2015 garden diary

Everything is growing really well now, starting to take off. The gooseberries at the lotty were stripped before we even had a chance to get any berries - not a big deal as we don't really like them much, but I had promised my allotment neighbour (who is also a good friend) he could have them for his...
by KarenE
28 Jun 2020, 11:52
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: karen's chicken diary
Replies: 1093
Views: 226223

Re: karen's chicken diary

Mango is preferig to spend her days in our kitchen now, hovered over the cat's bowl. She is going downhill rapidly, to be honest it's a miracle she's still alive the amount she eats. I think it wil be a matter of days, but I have some Harrison's recovery formula arriing today so maybe that willl hel...
by KarenE
28 Jun 2020, 11:35
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Chicken Feed
Replies: 15
Views: 2516

Re: Chicken Feed

Their main food source should be layers pellets or you can get them in a ground up form called layers mash. This is assuming they are point of lay/adult birds and not chicks. As Gwen said, try & find out what they are used to being fed on and that will help. You can buy large sacks of layers pel...
by KarenE
18 Jun 2020, 18:27
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Will chickens destroy my Polytunnel?
Replies: 10
Views: 1726

Re: Will chickens destroy my Polytunnel?

The size of the coop is no tso important as they wil all squish together at night, but Id say definitely get the biggest run you can, and whatever you;re thinking double it as they will really enjoy the space - plus if you get chickenitis and want (need!) to add more your run will be able to take it...
by KarenE
18 Jun 2020, 18:23
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Soft shell egg
Replies: 2
Views: 576

Re: Soft shell egg

If the shell was intact it should be fine, but as per Mo's point about whether there's any dirt on it as the shell will be very porous. I usualy feed softies back to the hens, they love them! if you're getting a few softies, it might be good to give them an extra boost of calcium and vit d. Limeston...
by KarenE
17 Jun 2020, 13:23
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: karen's chicken diary
Replies: 1093
Views: 226223

Re: karen's chicken diary

Mango's been having a couple of up days so that's good. Comb still a good colour, but she's still not eating much and seems to prefer tiny bits of food. Yesterday she had some of dory's softie, which she enjoyed, and a few ground up mealworms. The problem is she wants to take her time with food and ...
by KarenE
17 Jun 2020, 13:16
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Will chickens destroy my Polytunnel?
Replies: 10
Views: 1726

Re: Will chickens destroy my Polytunnel?

I don't know about your polytunnel, I wouldn't have thought so but if you get two ocd peckers they might. I let mine into my greenhouse and they've never pecked the inside windows, although they do like to drink the trails of water when it rains. They wil of course eat anything inside it they can ge...