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Keeping hens and ducks chat. Hens & ducks names & how many eggs do you get per day.

edited 7 April at 4:05AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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  • anotheruseranotheruser Forumite
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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:

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    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:

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

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    Thanks :D
  • edwinkedwink Forumite
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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. :mad:

    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

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    All quiet here too but very low egg production just now.
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    ali-t wrote: »
    All quiet here too but very low egg production just now.

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



    Thanks :D

    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
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    edited 7 July 2017 at 6:29PM
    CAFCGirl wrote: »
    I was just pondering this, is there such a thing as too much sun causing lower egg production?

    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.

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    edited 10 July 2017 at 9:46AM
    Davesnave wrote: »
    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.

    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..........



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    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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  • edited 11 July 2017 at 11:29AM
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    edited 11 July 2017 at 11:29AM
    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:D) 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):cool:

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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! :rotfl:
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  • edited 16 July 2017 at 11:48AM
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    edited 16 July 2017 at 11:48AM
    All ok still with my girls and boys. I know there was a lot of sunbathing going on here in that hot, hot weather but I think it was a little hot for some of the hens. A few of them stayed in the shade up on the perch my husband made under one of our tall bushes. They are well covered under there bless them.

    I did have a quiet girl the other day just for one day but she is absolutely fine. She was probably just having a "I am having an old and very tired day so don't want to run around like a Looney today" bless her.:j

    Cockerel still giving his treat food away as per usual but at least he is scoffing down his pellets morning and night.:D

    Has anyone else noticed that their grass is not growing much? Ours always shoots up after it has been cut. We were looking at it this morning and hoping to mow it and give the cuttings too the girls but there is hardly any growth since last time. Two of our neighbours give us their cuttings too and we have not had anything from them either in a while now.:( My girls like nothing more than a pile of cuttings to dive in to and look for little insects plus eat the grass obviously. Just wondered what is happening with those that give their girls lawn cuttings.

    All for now folks!

    Edwink
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    Hens & ducks chat thread
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5282209
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