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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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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 10th Sep 17, 8:03 AM
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    In my mind, cakes weren't designed to last long.

    I was bought some lovely cake storage tins last Christmas - I have no idea why and they have never housed a single cake LOL

    10 years and still don't have a clue what I'm doing
    • ali-t
    • By ali-t 10th Sep 17, 10:37 AM
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    Yes edwink they are still doing it. 6 of them last night roosting on the roof and protesting loudly when we move them to the coop.
    If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got!
    • laurenh1
    • By laurenh1 10th Sep 17, 8:14 PM
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    Does anyone have any good but cheap toys or entertainment ideas for my girls? They have a swing which they pay no mind to. They seem happy enough roaming in the garden and have plenty of perches but I hate to think they might bw bored xx
    • edwink
    • By edwink 10th Sep 17, 9:20 PM
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    Does anyone have any good but cheap toys or entertainment ideas for my girls? They have a swing which they pay no mind to. They seem happy enough roaming in the garden and have plenty of perches but I hate to think they might bw bored xx
    Originally posted by laurenh1
    Hi laurenh1

    Do you have an area where they can dust bathe? An area just with some dry soil without big stones? They will spend ages cleaning themselves if you have. Even an old tin bath or big flower pots full of dry soil will keep them amused. If you can put a shelter over it they would be able to use it all year round too. Mine have several areas around the garden but prefer to dust bathe in one of our greenhouses especially in the Winter as it is slightly warmer in there for them then.

    Somewhere that has leaves and bugs that they can scratch about in would be good too. Hens love to have a scratch about and make a mess doing it too. They can and do scratch about for hours always looking for something to eat that takes their fancy.

    Can you hang a piece of corn on the cob on the swing somewhere? Where they have to get up on the swing before they can get at it? That way it will give them an incentive to get on to the swing and build up confidence getting up there. My girls will do anything for corn on the cob. We cut ours up in to 1 inch chunks and give them a piece each to eat and play with. The hens will push it about and peck at it for ages.

    Kibbled corn is another treat they love to scratch around for and will spend ages doing so. Can be purchased online or in the larger pet shops. Just scatter a handful around the garden and they will soon find it. We mix ours in with the grass when we have cut the lawn as they like eating the grass too. Just make sure the grass isn't too long for them as it could get stuck in their throats. Just grass cuttings on its own is fine too.

    You can hang cabbages/cauliflowers up in the garden where they obviously can reach them without too much trouble. That would keep them amused for ages. Mine have a metal basket which I fill with cabbage and kale leaves. Some will sit in it and eat them but the more sensible ones with manners will stand and peck at the leaves from the ground for ages. Chunks of cucumber and courgette will go down nicely too.

    An area in the garden which has leaves will be interesting for them. When I am gardening and have the wheelbarrow out I normally have a hen or two who jumps in to the wheel barrow and has a scratch about even if weeds are landing on them from me weeding the veg beds. They just don't care because they are busy and most of all enjoying themselves.

    A warm winter treat that keeps them busy is porridge. Scatter that about and they will be happy for ages. Never give them porridge oats in the warmer summer weather because it could cause the hens to overheat. Just the colder months for porridge.

    Anything your hens can climb on safely is good fun for them. Anything that is higher than ground level even a stack of bricks will be an adventure for them. We have logs lying about and from time to time we move them and there is a mad rush to see which hen can find the juiciest thing to eat which was under there. They will find bits to peck at from the bark too.

    If I think of anything else I will pop on the thread and add it for you. And if anyone else has any ideas for laurenh1 please do add your suggestions on here.

    Your hens will enjoy all the fuss and treats you give them. Mine don't stop eating but they never get fat as they run around the garden like loonies most of the time.

    Edwink
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    • ali-t
    • By ali-t 10th Sep 17, 9:52 PM
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    We hang veg like cauliflowers up for them and have pallets with smaller wooden perches running between them and they like to climb those. We also have logs/tree stumps set up like a climbing activity for them. Even with all that, some of them stick to climbing on the coop and sliding down the roof!
    If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got!
    • laurenh1
    • By laurenh1 10th Sep 17, 10:37 PM
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    Thank you Edwink, they have a dust bath and a mesh basket I fill with goodies for them I will definitely try the corn on the cobs and hanging cabbage though
    Porridge is a fab idea, i guess just made up with water? X
    • edwink
    • By edwink 10th Sep 17, 11:50 PM
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    [QUOTE=laurenh1;73107551 Porridge is a fab idea, i guess just made up with water? X[/QUOTE]

    You can just give it to them loose on the ground so they can forage for it but always make sure they have plenty of water to drink in the garden. You can also make it up with hot/warm water as they love that on a chilly day.

    Edwink
    Last edited by edwink; 11-09-2017 at 3:18 PM.
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 11th Sep 17, 3:23 PM
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    In my mind, cakes weren't designed to last long. I was bought some lovely cake storage tins last Christmas - I have no idea why and they have never housed a single cake LOL
    Originally posted by CAFCGirl
    They don't last long in our house either. You can forget about having lovely cake tins in our house

    We decided some years ago not to buy ready made cakes from the shops and told ourselves that if we fancied a cake we had to make it first. Saves us money that way. Only thing is we never really get enough time but when we do make one it only lasts for that day. Recently we made a carrot cake with a chocolate topping. After scoffing that throughout the day we both didn't have any room for our supper, seriously.

    That reminds me. YAY!! will be Mince Pie season soon and yes we do put real Brandy in them. Yum, yum, yum!!

    Edwink
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 11th Sep 17, 10:42 PM
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    The hens I used to be around often entertained themselves by torturing the lazy old ginger tom when he had a little nap on top of the run. They would start off congregating underneath him, burbling conspiracies and schemes, and then would take turns to see who could get the most loose fur from the tip of his tail as it dangled down. They'd then let him go back to sleep properly by scuffing around for morsels before one would suddenly emerge above the group, make a godawful clattering racket right underneath his head and then I would swear they all laughed as the poor cat attained vertical lift off before pretending they had nothing to do with his awakening when he landed and glared at them.


    I think I'd try and set up some sort of hide and seek activity for them - small bits of food/blobs of porridge around some logs, a bunch of cut down tubes of differing sizes on a flat surface with little bits scattered inside etc. I do remember the girls stealing a small, light football for a kick about one afternoon - and another chasing the rabbit, who was chasing the poor cat, around in circles, before popping up to the vantage point of the apple tree. Could cat/dog treat balls work with chooks?
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    • laurenh1
    • By laurenh1 13th Sep 17, 8:50 AM
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    our lovely point of lays have started laying so we now get 3 eggs per day ( albeit 2 of them are still quite small) one of our older ex bat's doesn't really lay anymore which is a shame, but I am happy with 3 per day and certainly happy to keep her. Yesterday I got them some treats from amazon (with some free vouchers I received , hurrah) and my lovely friend brought in some corn from his allotment which we hung up for them and they went crazy for! Thanks for all your ideas ladies, I have added porridge to my shopping list.

    By the way, what does everyone do on bonfire night, I have never had chickens before on bonfire night and our garden backs right on to a field where there is a display, will this upset them, am I better moving them inside for the night?
    • edwink
    • By edwink 13th Sep 17, 11:58 AM
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    our lovely point of lays have started laying so we now get 3 eggs per day.

    my lovely friend brought in some corn from his allotment which we hung up for them and they went crazy for!

    By the way, what does everyone do on bonfire night, I have never had chickens before on bonfire night and our garden backs right on to a field where there is a display, will this upset them, am I better moving them inside for the night?
    Originally posted by laurenh1
    Hi Laurenh1

    Lovely fresh eggs for you now they have started laying. Much nicer and fresher than from the shops. Yum!!

    Glad the hanging sweetcorn worked. It doesn't take them much time to work out what is tasty and what isn't does it? Hanging it gives them something to do but sweetcorn doesn't last long with them does it?

    With regards to the fireworks we actually brought our baby ducks indoors. We sat indoors trying to decided what to do because the loud bangs around here are very loud. We opened their hut up and lifted them out and they just followed us indoors no problem. We had a sturdy lean to when we moved in that was attached to our living room so we kept the door open so they could still see us from in there. We left them in there for the night on newspaper with straw on top and a bowl of feed/water and they were fine in the morning. Difficult to know what to do when it comes to the fireworks but as you back on to a field where they have a display I would personally bring them in as they are so young. HTH

    Talking of being them indoors when one of ours is poorly/very old we bring them indoors and they perch on the wooden bar under our kitchen table. As I sit at the kitchen table every evening they cosy up to my feet that also rest on the bar. I put what I call a drip tray (kitchen paper) under their bottoms so the floor is not messy in the morning.

    Edwink
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    • laurenh1
    • By laurenh1 14th Sep 17, 8:49 AM
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    Thanks so much for that advice, I think hubby and I had decided being indoors is the best option. We have a utility room which would be perfect for them for the night actually.


    They love sweet corn. I regularly walk down to Tesco in time for reductions and buy reduced items like cabbage for them (when there is nothing wrong with it, obviously) and that keep them happy
    • edwink
    • By edwink 16th Sep 17, 4:29 PM
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    Lost another of my elderly girls yesterday They are all getting old for ex batts bless them.

    My neighbour cut her lawn this morning and brought it round so my girls are diving in looking for anything that looks tasty to eat in between eating the grass too They will miss the grass when it is time to stop mowing the grass. But, I've got lettuces still growing at the moment and the kale and cabbages we grow will hopefully see them through to Jan or Feb.

    How is everyone else getting on and their girls and boys? Hope all good in your neck of the woods fellow hen and duck keepers.

    Edwink
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    • ali-t
    • By ali-t 17th Sep 17, 12:42 PM
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    Sorry to hear of your loss Edwink. It's always sad to lose one. Xx
    If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got!
    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 18th Sep 17, 7:29 AM
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    So sorry to hear that Edwink.

    Roost in peace Feathered Friend xx

    10 years and still don't have a clue what I'm doing
    • edwink
    • By edwink 18th Sep 17, 11:32 AM
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    Sorry to hear of your loss Edwink. It's always sad to lose one. Xx
    Originally posted by ali-t
    So sorry to hear that Edwink.
    Roost in peace Feathered Friend xx
    Originally posted by CAFCGirl
    Thank you both of you. It is always nice to get support on our thread.
    I know for sure I am going to get more losses especially over the winter months because my ex batts are getting on a bit now . I am giving them the best life possible here and spoiling them rotten. Some of the more quieter ones are even getting to sit on my lap for a while for strokes, cuddles and a warm place to sit I can only do my best for them eh?

    Sun is shining here today so I can foresee a spot of sunbathing going on with the girls. They prop themselves up against the West facing soil retaining boards we put up. You should see them all in a row of maybe 5 or 6 at a time during late afternoon flopped to lean on it with legs poking out from underneath and one of their wings spread out to take in the warmth. And best of all with their eyes closed without a care in the world

    Edwink
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    • jim-jim
    • By jim-jim 22nd Sep 17, 9:59 AM
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    Hi everyone, had to have a chuck PTS on Tuesday. She had been going (dying) since Friday but was taking to long. She could only move her head and neck, flap her wings but not actually move on her own. So in the daytime she came in the house in a box, then back into the coop at night. I thought nature would take over but no. So had to take her to the vets.

    That as easier than said, 2 local vets said we dont do livestock, nearest ones are approx 15 miles away. I know that, I use them for my horses but only on a call out visit.
    So after much pleading saying she was suffering the vet agreed as a one off. Kerching £38.00 please. ouch but at least she is not suffering any more. On a plus side she did get her moneys worth, as she had to have 2 lots. Little thing really was a fighter and didnt want to go.

    x
    • edwink
    • By edwink 22nd Sep 17, 3:14 PM
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    Hi everyone, had to have a chuck PTS on Tuesday..... That as easier than said, 2 local vets said we dont do livestock, nearest ones are approx 15 miles away. I know that, I use them for my horses but only on a call out visit.
    So after much pleading saying she was suffering the vet agreed as a one off. Kerching £38.00 please. ouch but at least she is not suffering any more. On a plus side she did get her moneys worth, as she had to have 2 lots. Little thing really was a fighter and didnt want to go. x
    Originally posted by jim-jim
    Aww so sad what a little fighter as you say, bless her. Always sad when we loose one of them.

    And yes definitely ouch at the £38.00 charge. That's private health care for pets I suppose. We had one of ours PTS at the vets a couple of years ago and if I remember correctly that was around the £30 mark too.

    How many hens do you have now? We are down to 11 and I am sure we will loose more ex batts over the Autumn/Winter months as they are all so old now.

    Edwink
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    • vjm63
    • By vjm63 22nd Sep 17, 6:34 PM
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    So sorry for you both, Jim-Jim and Edwink - losing the girls is always hard. They give such fun and are truly therapeutic I think, so when one goes ... there is a hole.

    On the brighter side, I am pleased to say our Rhodebars are now starting to lay properly - although there are a couple of issues I need to seriously discuss with them soon. One is that someone is a true maverick, and just lays out in the middle of their run - obviously the memo about nestbox use missed her each time it was issued. I am glad they are in a contained run (although the sight of me clambering in and crawling towards the egg is probably not a sight that should be seen!) else that lass would be laying eggs all over the garden, never to be found!

    The second issue is size. I know newbies lay smaller eggs. Currently they are mostly about 38 to 40g, so small, but should improve with time. However, one we had last week was 21g ! Come on, a wren would be embarrassed with that! It was perfectly shelled, full yolk inside, just hardly any white at all. Crazy girls...
    • orangecrush
    • By orangecrush 22nd Sep 17, 8:33 PM
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    Hello everyone,

    May I please join the thread? I've been lurking for a long time but thought it time to join in.

    I was reading about all the sad losses recently. We just lost two hens in very short succession. One was severely egg bound, for the second time. Warm bath and olive oil treatment did no good. The vet was able to remove the ENORMOUS egg, but felt another mass in chuck's abdomen. She was so ill, we had her PTS.

    The following week, we went to check the remaining two girls and found one dead in the coop. It looked like she just went to sleep and didn't wake up. They were both just over a year old, both commercial hens. I know they aren't raised for longevity, but we didn't expect this. So sad.

    We have one remaining hen who just stands around looking lonely, it's like she's forgotten how to be a chicken (she was bottom of the rankings). Picking up two friends for her tomorrow, slightly worried about the introductions, but hopefully this is for the best long term.

    We're trying to keep our solo hen entertained in the meantime, she has a mirror which she loves, and some peck bars to jump for. She is a chunky monkey and just charges into any perch we make for her, and flattens it!

    Anyway that's enough rambling. I've enjoyed reading about all your hen-ventures, and hope to be able to contribute
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