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    • edwink
    • By edwink 7th Jul 15, 5:07 PM
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    Keeping hens and ducks chat!! Hens & ducks names & how many eggs do you get per day
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    • 7th Jul 15, 5:07 PM
    Keeping hens and ducks chat!! Hens & ducks names & how many eggs do you get per day 7th Jul 15 at 5:07 PM
    As a hen and cockerel keeper myself I thought it would be interesting to ask what you name your hens and cockerels. And also ask how many eggs you are getting every day!! I know the egg laying changes when hens moult but just thought it would be interesting to see how many eggs you get. I have hens that are named Bluebell (typical name I think!!!), Muesli, cornflake and scarecrow plus some others. I am getting around 4 to 6 eggs a day at the moment!! Had a delicious egg salad for supper last night OMG it was lovely!!!

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    • edwink
    • By edwink 19th Jun 17, 9:39 PM
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    Dust baths can be the size of craters once they find a spot hens do like a social bath, with all bundled in together if they can . My garden used to be on different levels till the hens moved in, now I have terraces . They aren't too happy ATM as their spot that's seen them through since winter has been fenced off for re seeding, so their new to them area is now causing a fence to collapse where they have dug so deep

    I don't think anyone can appreciate how much space hens need and how much destruction they do to a garden until they get them.
    Originally posted by Cupcake Returns
    Nice to have a new face to our hen thread, welcome.

    Talking about craters I have two huge ones in my garden you can literately get 4 to 6 hens in at any one time. They have been flicking soil everywhere this past couple of days. The area where my hens dig is shaded by bushes and an apple tree so nice cool soil under there for them. They have also been digging and bathing area in the soil by a fence in our garden so I actually had to fill it back in and place a brick there because in a day or so they were nearly in to our next door neighbours garden. Aww bless them!!

    Agree about the destruction of ones garden. In the end with our garden we fenced the section off by our house with netting so we could have a piece to ourselves without the poo, discarded feathers and anything else they care to leave behind. We have a cottage style garden whereby the plants die off over the Winter and reshoot again in the Spring. So we allow our hens and ducks in to our garden too during the Winter and I am not joking but they can all demolish a 25ft x 15ft lawn in one week. Then it is a mud bath for the rest of the winter until it reshoots again. Then in Spring we have to add some new grass seed to the areas that have been scratched to bits.

    Oh the joys of owning hens Not to mention the fresh eggs that are bright orange just like the sun. Who could ask for more? I adore my hens, absolutely adore them.

    Edwink
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    • Cupcake Returns
    • By Cupcake Returns 19th Jun 17, 10:13 PM
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    Nice to have a new face to our hen thread, welcome.

    Talking about craters I have two huge ones in my garden you can literately get 4 to 6 hens in at any one time. They have been flicking soil everywhere this past couple of days. The area where my hens dig is shaded by bushes and an apple tree so nice cool soil under there for them. They have also been digging and bathing area in the soil by a fence in our garden so I actually had to fill it back in and place a brick there because in a day or so they were nearly in to our next door neighbours garden. Aww bless them!!

    Agree about the destruction of ones garden. In the end with our garden we fenced the section off by our house with netting so we could have a piece to ourselves without the poo, discarded feathers and anything else they care to leave behind. We have a cottage style garden whereby the plants die off over the Winter and reshoot again in the Spring. So we allow our hens and ducks in to our garden too during the Winter and I am not joking but they can all demolish a 25ft x 15ft lawn in one week. Then it is a mud bath for the rest of the winter until it reshoots again. Then in Spring we have to add some new grass seed to the areas that have been scratched to bits.

    Oh the joys of owning hens Not to mention the fresh eggs that are bright orange just like the sun. Who could ask for more? I adore my hens, absolutely adore them.

    Edwink
    Originally posted by edwink
    No one who doesn't keep hens can understand how bloody dirty they are

    I thought once the dog died my house would be spotless. Not a mission Now is coated with shavings,straw and poop

    We spend a fortune on chicken wire as they dig deeper and deeper. Luckily our neighbour keeps hens so is understanding when he finds half of ours in with his. But the rear of our land looks like steptoes yard with ad hoc fencing

    And lawn No such luck. Between the hens eating it and scratching it up and the amount of water used on it washing off poo for when the grandkids are here, it's kind of non existent

    I love my girls, but at the same time they are a tie. No lie ins as they want out at dawn. No late home in the evenings as they need a head count, perched ( if they don't know how) and locked in. Weekends are spent cleaning them out, taking the waste to the dump and trips to the timber yard for shavings to keep their run clean and free of mud.

    And of course there's the infliction that is known as chicken math. Start of thinking 4 is more then enough, then deciding how little garden one actually needs as more and more gets taken oven by the ever increasing flock
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 20th Jun 17, 12:18 AM
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    Posted this on another section but was re-directed here:


    Any advice?
    Originally posted by anotheruser
    I'm really pleased you took mine - now you're in though, you'll never leeaavvee [goes into terrible air guitar solo]. I haven't been around chickens for years, but I still lurk [hi guys ] just to hear the tales of how these stupid, clever, near psychopathic little dinosaurs drive their staff to distraction. Not enough about cats being bullied relentlessly by them, in my opinion, though. Or how, if you get the right accommodation and you have time to waste, if you stay there for long enough you can catch an egg as it's laid and gently squeeze and it'll harden with your finger marks in them. Or how you'll find yourself able to tell from the racket they make whether it's a egg the size of a Tyrannosaur's, a visiting animal or they're just hot, tired, bored and grumpy. Whilst you are still in the kitchen trying to have a cuppa undisturbed.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • Cupcake Returns
    • By Cupcake Returns 20th Jun 17, 9:39 AM
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    Jojo, the grandkids love to catch a new egg and put nail designs on them

    As for the poor cat, well he knows to just sit back when they barge in the back door to raid his bowl

    As for the noise generated when a egg is laid, well you would think the noisier they are the larger the egg yes? Not one girl of mine. Omg she was going potty 'Buck Buck bucking ' at the top of her voice for about 30 mins after laying so I went and checked, and thought a sparrow could have laid bigger
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 20th Jun 17, 4:40 PM
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    Jojo, the grandkids love to catch a new egg and put nail designs on them

    As for the poor cat, well he knows to just sit back when they barge in the back door to raid his bowl

    As for the noise generated when a egg is laid, well you would think the noisier they are the larger the egg yes? Not one girl of mine. Omg she was going potty 'Buck Buck bucking ' at the top of her voice for about 30 mins after laying so I went and checked, and thought a sparrow could have laid bigger
    Originally posted by Cupcake Returns
    Yes. Buck-buck-buck-buckbuckbuckBWAAAARKBWAAAAARKBWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRRRRRRRKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!

    Most Rhodies - something the size of a Goose Egg. One, something the size of a marble.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • Cupcake Returns
    • By Cupcake Returns 21st Jun 17, 11:07 AM
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    It's my Rhodies that have slowed down laying, one is 3.5, the other 2 are 2.5. Such beautiful birds
    I've a couple of leghorns, really lovely birds but very skittish a couple of bluebells, lovely grey/blue and first in the line for anything The amber stars are the boldest, soon as the back door is ajar, in the kitchen they are, eating the cat food. Just got some daisybells, they are just maturing. Very friendly and amazing colours. The green that highlights the black is just an amazing jade, but then there's purple in them as well. And lastly, my fav, a single Sussex. Lays the most lovely eggs. And looks like how a chicken should look iykwim . I'm waiting for a couple more as they are very popular and the fella I buy from just can't keep up with demand. He owes us a few as we hatched a couple of brahamas last year who turned into really good specimens and gave them to him for showing and breeding from.


    I'm thinking of building up the flock next year but in order to do so will need to use the front garden. It's all grass and trees ATM so plenty of space. Not sure what the neighbours will think though...........
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 21st Jun 17, 4:53 PM
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    I had to explain to the OH why so many chickens are called Elvis today.

    Don't ask how we got onto this subject.


    For a country lad, he's a bit vague sometimes.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • edwink
    • By edwink 24th Jun 17, 8:43 PM
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    Loss another ex-batt tonight. Only started to be rather quiet yesterday morning and just sat by the water bowl. She did climb the small steps to go in their hut last night but sat just inside the doorway so I lifted her carefully and put her in the nesting box for the night. This morning she came out on her own down the steps and just sat down so I put her near the water bowl so she could get a drink if she wanted one. Kept checking on her throughout the day and she never moved all day. Went up after supper to check on her again and she was gone. Bless her!!

    I am going to have a heavy loss this year because over 10 of mine are all the same age and ex-batts. A few of them are slowing down and going to bed earlier than some of the others.

    How is everyone else and their girls and boys??

    Off to change the number of hens in my signature again

    Edwink
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    • ali-t
    • By ali-t 25th Jun 17, 9:03 AM
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    Sorry to hear of your loss, so sad. Our 4 remaining hens don't seem too traumatised by the fox incident and we are hoping to stock up on hens next month. Hope everyone's hens are coping with the changeable weather.
    If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got!
    • StarShapedPeg
    • By StarShapedPeg 25th Jun 17, 9:40 AM
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    Hi everyone, my three spent the last week flopped in the path because of the heat, any movement resulted in grumpy panting and irritated heaving to the dust bath. They've cooled down a bit now just in time for another broody cycle!
    None of them can catch a break this year!
    So sorry to hear of your loss Edwink again. I don't think it gets easier.xxxx
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 25th Jun 17, 11:01 AM
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    Thank you ali-t and StarShapedPeg

    It doesn't get any easier does it?. I just have too keep reminding myself that we did everything for them in their retirement and gave them a good and fun retirement here. They literately couldn't have wanted for anything. Fresh food, clean place to sleep, places to run around, places to shelter when too warm, places to dust bathe, fresh drinking water everyday and lots and lots of love not to mention treats as well.

    Short lives sometimes but fun and happy lives

    Edwink x
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    • anotheruser
    • By anotheruser 27th Jun 17, 1:05 PM
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    Sorry for not coming back sooner.
    Some great advice and real paws for thought :P

    So I've settled on the Sussex with double run:



    It's a fair bit bigger, plus after the growing season, we'll look to put them in other areas of the garden to clear them off for the winter.

    I've dug down around where the coop and run will sit and stuck 4 or so layers of bricks so with the weight of the coop, nothing will get in, nothing will get out. On the other side is a concrete path, behind is a massive wall so only had to worry about three sides.

    Chicken feeder has arrived.

    Just a shame it wasn't raining all last week so I can get on and build it all this week! Although I may wait as I'm away late July so may as well wait until after then to build I suppose.

    We're going to paint it (as well as the nearby shed). Thinking along the lines of Misty Blue:



    I'm not allowed any greens or reds.
    Although Beaumont Blue and Forget Me Not are very similar:



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    • edwink
    • By edwink 4th Jul 17, 8:16 PM
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    All harmony in the camp with my girls and boys at the moment. No broody hens, hoorah for that I must say and no squabbling going on like they do from time to time. Just happy healthy hens sunbathing and enjoying the warm weather.

    Cleaned out the pond and the pump thoroughly last week and already a week later we have green algae so soon. This is the only year so far that this has happened so quickly. Most annoying as a whole day was spent scrubbing the sides and floor of the pond and refilling it and it looked lovely and the water was crystal clear. I don't expect it to stay that way ever but I did expect as in other years it would stay clearer for longer. Almost looks as though it needs cleaning out again already, so most disappointed with that this year.

    How is everyone else and their girls and boys getting on? Lots of sunbathing and dust bathing going on I hope although I do appreciate that not all of the county is having this warm weather.

    Not looking forward to the heat tomorrow tbh as it is set to be a very hot day. Nice to get up to date with the washing and drying and great to give the veg growing a boost but I think it is going to be too hot for me. Never mind and I suppose I must not grumble as it could quite easily being raining instead.

    Take care all

    Edwink
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    • ali-t
    • By ali-t 5th Jul 17, 10:01 AM
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    All quiet here too but very low egg production just now.
    If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got!
    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 5th Jul 17, 2:56 PM
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    All quiet here too but very low egg production just now.
    Originally posted by ali-t
    I was just pondering this, is there such a thing as too much sun causing lower egg production? We'd got up to the dizzy heights of 3 a day (from 4 hens) and now we're down to 2 a day.... I know Pie, Nugget and Dipper all lay as I've caught them in the act so for all I know Stew is just a token member of the flock, providing the muscle (she's always been the biggest)

    10 years and still don't have a clue what I'm doing
    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 5th Jul 17, 3:00 PM
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    We're going to paint it (as well as the nearby shed). Thinking along the lines of Misty Blue:



    Thanks
    Originally posted by anotheruser
    I'm not 100% sure but you may have to check the paints are safe for animals, or if by painting it you lose any cover on the guarantee? Ours came and guarantee said if we failed to use a suitable wood preservative (not paint), we weren't covered. Just food for thought

    10 years and still don't have a clue what I'm doing
    • edwink
    • By edwink 7th Jul 17, 6:26 PM
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    I was just pondering this, is there such a thing as too much sun causing lower egg production?
    Originally posted by CAFCGirl
    I would say yes as their bodies would try and spend time and energy keeping cool in the heat. A bit like the winter but the other way round. All of us I am sure get a drop in egg production in the winter because the hens use energy to keep warm.

    I have never had my full quota of eggs from my hens. Thankfully to be honest because I wouldn't know what to do with all of them. Some hens when they get older will lay once every other day and sometimes ever bigger gaps in between or sometimes they stop laying altogether. I never know who is laying and who isn't because at the moment mine are all the same colour except for my oldest girl who is a Bluebell. Easy to spot her against all the ex batts.

    Thankfully mine have a lot of shade for the warm summer months. When I walk up the garden a little head or two pops out of one of the bushes. My husband put a perch under one of our bigger bushes and at any one time when it is warm there will be at least 5 or 6 perching on it to keep cool with a few more that have jumped up in to the bush itself. There not really spoilt my lot are they?

    Lots of dandelions around at the moment so the girls and boys are having those as treats at lunchtime twice a week. The 22 of them demolish half a carrier bag within one afternoon and still gobble up their pellets at supper time. Where they put all their food I'll never know.

    Take care everyone.

    Edwink
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 10th Jul 17, 7:23 AM
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    We mix our own feed for worming with Flubenvet. Our vet is acknowledged as one of the region's experts in chicken husbandry (most vets won't lower themselves!) and she won't use anything else herself.

    We also sell eggs, but bearing in mind the investment involved in enabling real free ranging without predator attack, there is no way we come close to covering costs.
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    Apologies to Edwink for hijacking the thread, but I was browsing the earlier posts and saw this signature of Davesnave, and I liked it so much that I looked for a suitable picture to make a meme out of, and came up with this..........





    Hope you like it!


    I'll go back to browsing, as I've never kept hens. (I once had a duck that escaped into the nearby stream, and a goose that died of the squats, so I gave up after that!)
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 11th Jul 17, 11:25 AM
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    Hello everyone

    The cooler weather is finally here YAY!!! I know others like the heat but for me I struggle if it gets too hot. I suffer with a lot of pain and on permanent painkillers so the heat for me is way too much especially trying to sleep. So the cooler weather is most welcome plus today my garden is getting a long awaited watering.

    Nothing much to report here except my booootiful Cockerel is constantly giving his treat food away. I really do not see him eat any of it. In their area of the garden (that's most of it) we grow red and black currents and yesterday when I picked quite a few bunches for them I was watching him and everyone he picked up he dropped in front of one of the hens for them to eat. I know Cockerels naturally do that but I wish he would have eaten some himself. Even if I offer some to him from my hand he will take them and drop them for his girls. At least he is eating his pellets in the morning and the evening though.

    How is everyone else getting on?. All good in your neck of the woods I hope. Any new additions anyone? No new additions here for us but I have certainly started to think about it lately (a lot)

    Edwink
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    7 ducks ~ 14 hens ~ 1 handsome Cockerel
    2000ltr Rainwater harvesting system for loo flushing Hybrid Toyota Auris car

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Jul 17, 11:31 AM
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    Aw! Edwink! What a nice, kind, thoughtful cockerel! Aw! I love him!

    Now, if you could just turn him into a handsome human, I'd be first in the line!
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