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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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    • jim-jim
    • By jim-jim 23rd Sep 17, 8:33 AM
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    Morning,
    thanks Edwink.
    I've now got 6 left, 2 from my very first lot, 2 from last year and 2 from this year.
    Not sure when I'm going to get some more, as the hen rescue has just had an adoption day. I would like to do that instead of buying them as point /lay.

    Mr jim did get the new coop finished, but not sure where to put it. As the red mite hotel is still in place until we can burn it. So we took the side of the big shed what the chucks were using as a temporary home, put it in there, side back on. Now they have a shed in a shed

    Remaining chucks are now moulting so eggs between 3 -5 a day

    I will try and pop in more for a chat.
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 23rd Sep 17, 4:45 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. 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.
    Originally posted by orangecrush
    Hi orangecrush

    Welcome to our hen friendly thread. Would love to have you on board with us. Just post whenever you want to we are a friendly bunch on here.

    So sad about your two hens that recently went to hen heaven. With commercial hens they only tend to live from 18 months to 2 years after rescue. But imagine my horror when we lost one after her being with us for 6 months. I thought OMG what have I been doing wrong and was so upset. But after many years I suppose I have got a lot more used to them going now although I still am sad each and every time. My eldest rescue girl lived to 4 and a half years old which is really good for an ex batt. My little "Scarf" as I called her, I still miss that little hen as she was like a little dog and followed me around the garden every time I was out there, bless her. I called her Scarf because when we collected her she was so bald all around her neck and all the way down her chest so she looked as though she needed a scarf. So the ex batts can go at any age really and not even make the first year in their new retirement home. Just look back at the lovely life you gave them both because that's what I and others on here do as it does help.

    Glad you are picking up 2 more friends for your remaining hen today because as a rule hens hate being on their own and can become really depressed. We took in one hen when 16 of her friends were killed by a fox. She was the only one that survived because she was a really clever hen and managed to get to the top of a fence where the fox couldn't reach her. When I introduced her we already had 17 here. I was so nervous because we were only introducing one to the flock but they were fine and thankfully just accepted her. Don't worry too much they will be fine. There maybe a few feathers flying about but just keep popping outside to keep an eye on them. You may find that your remaining hen will become top hen of the three. Always a bit of a nervous time introducing new ones for any hen owner but more often than not it goes fairly smoothly. Please let us know how it all goes.

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    • edwink
    • By edwink 23rd Sep 17, 9:45 PM
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    Morning I've now got 6 left, 2 from my very first lot, 2 from last year and 2 from this year.
    Not sure when I'm going to get some more, as the hen rescue has just had an adoption day. I would like to do that instead of buying them as point /lay.

    Mr jim did get the new coop finished, but not sure where to put it. As the red mite hotel is still in place until we can burn it. So we took the side of the big shed what the chucks were using as a temporary home, put it in there, side back on. Now they have a shed in a shed X
    Originally posted by jim-jim
    Hi jim-jim

    I really feel I should be addressing this to Mrs jim. We are not sure when we will be getting anymore either. All of ours presently are ex batts except for our Bluebell hen who is 6 now. I know they arrive in such a sorry state but I do like seeing them thrive, see their feathers grow back and watch them as they enjoy their retirement. When we collected our very first 12 ex batts one of them laid us a present on the way home and I was nearly in tears after I saw it.

    Wow a shed within a shed that should keep them nice & cosy over the winter months. If you can, burn the red mite hotel as soon as possible because you don't want them getting on to the hens and then in to their new hotel if some of them are still alive. Horrible little things they are and a blooming nuisance too.

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    • ali-t
    • By ali-t 24th Sep 17, 12:15 PM
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    We lost another 2 black ones this week so it's been a sad week for hens. Poor wee things, have had a short but good life with us xx
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 24th Sep 17, 12:38 PM
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    We lost another 2 black ones this week so it's been a sad week for hens. Poor wee things, have had a short but good life with us xx
    Originally posted by ali-t
    Aww ali-t how sad and loosing 2 in a week. You seem to be really going through an emotional time with yours lately

    As you say "a short but good life" bless them and a (((HUG))) for you.

    Edwink xx
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 28th Sep 17, 2:42 PM
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    Nice bit of sun here today in between the showers. My little girls are wet one minute and then drying out and sunbathing the next. Must not grumble it is nice to see the sun shining

    How is everyone else getting on? and how is it all going for our new hen keepers on here? All going ok I hope. Any questions you may have no matter how small the question might be it is always worth asking on here. There will always be someone who can help if you are stuck with anything

    Been picking some of the last of the lettuces for the girls today plus picking them some cabbage leaves and kale. We must save a fortune growing veg for them and us. At least we know it is fresh too

    Haven't had any duck eggs here for a couple of week so imagine our surprise this morning when hubby let the ducks out and there in the shavings was a lovely blue egg for us. So thank you Mrs Indian Runner duck for the egg but could we have another one very soon please because hubby likes 2 eggs with his chips

    Anyone else like egg and chips for supper? It's my favourite especially with bread and butter so I can make a chip butty

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    • orangecrush
    • By orangecrush 29th Sep 17, 12:43 PM
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    Hi again all,

    Ali sorry to hear of your losses Were they unexpected? It's so sad when they go. I didn't think I'd get so attached to them.

    Jim-Jim the shed in a shed sounds super cosy for your ladies!!

    Edwink thank you for the warm welcome and the kindness! Scarf sounds like she made a real impression on your. Our Carmen (the one we had PTS) was our favourite, she was just so nosey, and a total drama queen, hence the name! She always wanted to know what we had, even if it was a cup of tea, we had to show her what it was so she could check it wasn't a cup of mealworms! I will miss her very much.

    Our two newcomers are settling in ok! Chunky monkey (our remaining original hen) has turned into a total thug and terrorised them for the first few days, though she she now moulting which seems to have distracted her.

    On the moulting - OH MY GOSH SO MANY FEATHERS. We woke up one morning last week and thought a fox had got into the run, they were everywhere. Now poor chunky just has to shake herself and the feathers come flying off. This is our first full year with hens - I knew they moulted but I had no idea it was so dramatic.

    Torrential rain here Edwink so very soggy hens outside! It is good forthe veg patch though, what's left of it after a massive snail invasion. One of the new hens LOVES snails which is good! She runs off with them then eats them secretively in the corner.

    I also love eggs and chips, though I think I marginally prefer eggs and toast soldiers!

    Hope you all have a lovely Friday!
    • StarShapedPeg
    • By StarShapedPeg 29th Sep 17, 1:30 PM
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    I know what you mean about the moulting! My little one just has to shake herself and disappears in a cloud of feathers!

    Poor little girl, I was really worried about her last week. She's been the broody for about two months now. Really determined, eats a little but just tiny amounts and then hurried back into her nest. She finally snaps out of it, but still clucks occasionally. However last weekend she stopped eating, she was very quiet and sleeping all day outside with the others while they were out foraging. I thought she was going to die on Sunday and was very upset. On Tuesday she was still alive and seemed to perk up a bit. Eating and drinking maybe less, but almost herself. However she's got better every day since then, still a little quiet, but comes out and spends sometime foraging and preening, still a little sleepy but wakes easily.

    I've been putting ACV in their water and they have lots of natural yougurt and the last of our fruit. I've been tempting her with prawns, sunflower seeds, cat food, mince and cheese, basically anything! She's better and I think this long broodiness combined with her moulting and her age just wiped her for six.

    I know we shouldn't have favourites but she's mine, such a lovely, gentle intelligent little hen she's an absolute pleasure to look after.

    I hope everyone else is faring the change in seasons we'll. Take care.xxxx
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    • ali-t
    • By ali-t 30th Sep 17, 7:31 PM
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    Great to hear everyone's updates and hear about your hen antics. We lost another one this week and have no idea why. It is very frustrating as we aren't doing anything differently and they are well looked after but we have lost 5 in the last 2 months. Poor wee hens but they have lived the life of Riley here.

    my favourite egg meal is omelette with ham, onion and sweetcorn filling. I could eat that every day! The other thing I love with home layer eggs is egg bread with crispy bacon and maple syrup. It is delish!
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 1st Oct 17, 11:21 AM
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    We lost another one this week and have no idea why. It is very frustrating as we aren't doing anything differently and they are well looked after but we have lost 5 in the last 2 months. Poor wee hens but they have lived the life of Riley here.
    Originally posted by ali-t
    Aww Ali-t I really don't know what to say to be honest except poor you and poor little hen too. Five losses in 2 months must be so hard too deal with.

    You take care xx

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    • StarShapedPeg
    • By StarShapedPeg 1st Oct 17, 11:26 AM
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    So sorry Ali. Poor wee mites.x
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    • jim-jim
    • By jim-jim 3rd Oct 17, 7:52 AM
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    Morning everyone, oh Ali-t, I'm so sorry you've lost another one.

    Moulting still going on here to, they don't have dust baths, they have feather lined baths

    I went to collect the eggs yesterday 5 from 6 chucks. And I pulled one up from the straw, still a bit damp. Came out from the shed in a shed for a bit more day light. Oh my word, the 'wet ' egg had blood on it and it was huge
    So for the first time ever I have weighed the eggs, normal eggs average 55g. This monster was 98g poor chuck ouch.

    What is the biggest egg you have had?
    • edwink
    • By edwink 4th Oct 17, 11:30 AM
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    Morning everyone, I went to collect the eggs yesterday 5 from 6 chucks. And I pulled one up from the straw, still a bit damp. Came out from the shed in a shed for a bit more day light. Oh my word, the 'wet ' egg had blood on it and it was huge So for the first time ever I have weighed the eggs, normal eggs average 55g. This monster was 98g poor chuck ouch. What is the biggest egg you have had?
    Originally posted by jim-jim
    Oh poor little hen with obviously a sore bottom, bless her. xx

    I have never actually weighed any of our eggs. I know some on here have so hopefully you will be able to compare egg weights with them. At the moment with ours they are quite small but we do get the odd large one so I will weigh it then.

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    • orangecrush
    • By orangecrush 4th Oct 17, 12:30 PM
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    Ali so sorry to hear you lost another. It's so upsetting. Hens seem so fragile

    Jim-Jim that is enormous! Hope the hen is ok!

    It's starting to get chilly here and I am worried about my poor moulting chunky chicken! She just seems a bit glum, doesn't want her mealworms though will still eat a few berries. I can't tell if she's eating very much of her pellets, either. I have ordered some ACV to see if it helps, and am adding oreganico (or whatever its called) in the meantime.

    Our two new hens have SO much character, but Chunk has taken a dislike to one of them, and keeps trying to peck her eyes! Rusty (the poor pecked hen) has a lump in front of her eye (where a human tear duct would be, but not sure of chicken anatomy!) and I'm not sure whether to leave it and see what happens, or take her to the vet, which is a good half hour drive.

    Weirdly, the smallest newbie (who is REALLY small, still cheeps!) goes under the radar, but Rusty is getting a bit of a beating We've put some mesh down the middle of the run to keep her and Chunky apart, and have ordered a bumpa bit for Chunky to try and stop the pecking. We try to let them out into the garden as much as we can, but the weather has been grim and the neighbourhood cats could easily attack Tiny. We've put a few perches, some foraging toys, and some seed bricks in too, but not sure what else we can do in the short term.

    In the longer (winter) term, we're thinking of building a much larger walk-in run at the top of our garden, and adding two more hens. Maybe Rhode Island Reds? I've heard they're very robust. Or Plymouth Rocks. Do you guys have any particular breeds? I think I would struggle with the heartache from getting more commercials, as lovely as they are.

    Happy Humpday everyone
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 4th Oct 17, 2:02 PM
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    Hi Orangecrush

    I think you are doing all you can by trying to keep those hens apart. Not sure what to suggest regarding the hens eye but for now I would just make sure it is kept clean all the time to ward off infection. Just keep a very close eye on it and make sure she is eating and drinking ok. When our last batch of rescue hens were brought to our house one of them had a marble sized lump to the side of her head right by her eye. It looked awful but she was still eating and drinking ok and mixing in with the others so I wasn't overly concerned. The bump slowly went down but I still kept checking to make sure it was clean especially as it was right near to her eye. My guess was that she banged it on the journey to ours, bless her.

    ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) is thought to be a mild Antibiotic so definitely worth a try. We always add that to our hens water during the winter months when their little bodies struggle more due to the much colder weather.

    With regards to hens one of my favourites and one breed that has lasted the longest with us is the Bluebell hen. They are the fluffiest too with beautiful bluey grey feathers with lots of little fluffy feathers around their bottoms. When she moults it really doesn't notice that much because she is so fluffy. The one I have here is 6 years old now and has outlasted the other 7 we purchased at the same time (not Bluebells but other breeds). So personally I would definitely get another of those again when/if we decide to purchase instead of having rescued hens. Hope that is some help to you.

    Please let us all know how your little hens is getting on.

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    • orangecrush
    • By orangecrush 4th Oct 17, 6:26 PM
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    Hi Edwink!

    Thanks so much for your reply. I am looking forward to the the parcel arriving so I can put the bumpa bit on and remove the de-militarised zone!!

    Bluebells look so lovely!! Beautiful colouring! I love the fluffy bottom feathers Chunky is a buff orpington, so has fluffy kickerbockers

    I love how much variety there is! Our two newbies are Sheltand hens - I hadn't even heard of them until I googled hens for sale near us. They have lovely tappits, but we need to give Tiny's a trim as she looks a bit like a polish right now and we're not convinced she can see very well through all the fluff!!
    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 7th Oct 17, 11:09 AM
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    Got ourselves a poorly hen here.

    She wont stand up, her wing is hanging low on one side.... been 2 days now. no other signs of distress, shes eating and drinking fine.
    I dont think she's broody but I think she must have injured herself, shes keeping her toes curled all the time, she wont splay them. I'm at a bit of a loss as none of the toes or leg seem damaged - and you can move them and she doesn't fuss or act out as if there's pain....

    10 years and still don't have a clue what I'm doing
    • ali-t
    • By ali-t 7th Oct 17, 6:22 PM
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    Poor wee hen. Can you bring her inside for some tlc? Hope she is on the mend soon.
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 7th Oct 17, 6:43 PM
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    Got ourselves a poorly hen here.
    She wont stand up, her wing is hanging low on one side.... been 2 days now. no other signs of distress, shes eating and drinking fine. I dont think she's broody but I think she must have injured herself, shes keeping her toes curled all the time, she wont splay them. I'm at a bit of a loss as none of the toes or leg seem damaged - and you can move them and she doesn't fuss or act out as if there's pain....
    Originally posted by CAFCGirl
    The only thing you can really do as Ali-t has suggested already is to bring her indoors with you for some tlc. If the others notice that she is possibly injured they could start to pick on her. All you can really do is to make sure she continues to eat and drink and keep her as comfortable as you can.

    I would have thought if she was injured you would have got some resistance from her or a tiny little yelp or something. But, as this did not happen when you checked her it does look a little unlikely that she is injured in anyway.

    Have you checked her vent to see if all is good there? No blood or anything or dirty/mucky? Have you felt around her tummy and vent area? Is it possible she has tried to lay an egg but hasn't been able to lay it fully? Always best to check to make sure everything is ok for her in that region.

    Sorry I have only just seen your post and replied to you but had family visiting today and didn't get a chance until now to switch my laptop on.

    Please let us know how she is tomorrow if you get the chance.

    Edwink
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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 8th Oct 17, 1:12 PM
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    The only thing you can really do as Ali-t has suggested already is to bring her indoors with you for some tlc. If the others notice that she is possibly injured they could start to pick on her. All you can really do is to make sure she continues to eat and drink and keep her as comfortable as you can.

    I would have thought if she was injured you would have got some resistance from her or a tiny little yelp or something. But, as this did not happen when you checked her it does look a little unlikely that she is injured in anyway.

    Have you checked her vent to see if all is good there? No blood or anything or dirty/mucky? Have you felt around her tummy and vent area? Is it possible she has tried to lay an egg but hasn't been able to lay it fully? Always best to check to make sure everything is ok for her in that region.

    Sorry I have only just seen your post and replied to you but had family visiting today and didn't get a chance until now to switch my laptop on.

    Please let us know how she is tomorrow if you get the chance.

    Edwink
    Originally posted by edwink
    I think she must have been egg bound!
    I feel rather dreadful for not having picked up on it sooner. She seemed fine in herself, was eating and drinking, just wouldnt support her own weight and kept her toes curled. Her comb and wattle were still a nice blushed pink....

    I popped out to top up her water in the nest box with her and she wasnt there. She was out in the run under their bench but still squat.

    There was a decent size egg just on the entrance to the coop and I think it must have been her (their eggs all look the same). I threw them in some spring greens and that got her hobbling out. She was still a bit slow but now i'm thinking perhaps that's just from weakness as shes moving about ok now.

    Her back end seems a little mucky (not badly) today, but id put that down to her having been sat in the same spot for days so effectively just sitting 'in it'.

    I'm going to bring her in for a bath shortly so clean her up, and hopefully she'll continue to improve.

    10 years and still don't have a clue what I'm doing
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