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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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    • Horseygirl123
    • By Horseygirl123 15th Jul 15, 8:58 PM
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    What tool do you use to scoop?

    for the coops i use a cat litter scoop and thick gloves but the grass is a different story. Yuck. I dread to think what it will be like in the winter when the grass cant be cut to get rid of it
    Originally posted by ali-t
    I use a manure scoop and rake, the ones you use for collecting horse muck.
    • edwink
    • By edwink 15th Jul 15, 10:26 PM
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    On the subject of poo. We scrape our path which is part of the ducks and hens area and then wash it down every evening with water from the duck pond. The hens very large dust bathing area rarely has any poo in it. If it does I just remove it with a scoop and that goes in to one of the compost bins. The area where the hens spend some of the day, if they choose to, is stoned and that just get washed through by the rain. Our hens go on to our lawn all winter and we just clear the poo if needed. Normally as it is just the winter the rain washes it down so no scrapping needed.


    Our hens have access to grass all summer and winter. They have areas under the trees in the stoned area and other foraging areas under the fruit trees where we have laid turf to grow and around the turf we have chicken wire in the shape of domes where the grass can grow through it all year without it being scratched to bits. We have 18 of these domed grass areas under the fruit trees that never need mowing (obviously) and the hens will happily munch on this grass. So for us this is a win win situation. Also in the winter we open up our allotment area for them and they happily weed it for us and they can poo on there all they like as it will be dug over before it is sectioned back off again for our summer veg growing.


    Nice to see some newcomers on to the thread!!! Thank you all for posting!!!


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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 19th Jul 15, 1:01 PM
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    I had a first with my girls yesterday - they were all purring I even managed to get video evidence of it, which is just as well cos no one believed me

    We snuck in a late night visit to them last night to figure out their sleeping arrangements on top of their house instead of in it. It was so sweet to see them snuggled up together in their little groups - one was practically sleeping on top of one of the others

    We are going to make a "loft extension" for them
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 19th Jul 15, 1:08 PM
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    I had a first with my girls yesterday - they were all purring I even managed to get video evidence of it, which is just as well cos no one believed me
    Originally posted by queen of cheap

    Aww queen of cheap that is lovely. Yes they can and do purr. You have to take the time and listen to them to hear them though!!


    One of my hens follows me everywhere around the garden. I really should have named her Fido. She just chirps away and obviously I talk to her and when I stop talking she starts chirping again. It is so funny!!!


    Glad you love your hens as much as we do!! The are a complete and utter joy to own!!!


    Edwink x
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 20th Jul 15, 9:59 PM
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    Sadly lost one of our hens today!! She had been quiet since Saturday. Still eating and drinking but quieter than normal.


    I always feel sad when I loose any of them cos they are all the best ever. She had a good free range life with us and I suppose that is what I should now think!! Poor little thing. Bless her!!


    All the others are running around acting like hooligans eating anything and everything. Treated them to their favourite sweetcorn today. They really do love that!!


    I have a question for some of you. Do you provide hay or straw for your hens? Just interested!!


    Edwink x
    • stepuptothepl8
    • By stepuptothepl8 20th Jul 15, 10:19 PM
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    Hi

    We provide hay on top of shavings in their nest boxes, and shavings in the rest of the coop. Sorry to hear you lost one today I think we've lost one too.. We have a holiday let, and normally accept one dog. Today new guests arrived with what we thought were supposed to be two very well behaved daschunds .. Who promptly escaped the garden and attacked a chicken. The owner and my DH got the dogs away, and she was fairly apologetic. We agreed to keep the chickens in their run from tomorrow.. And the dogs promptly escaped again, and have attacked another one. We've got the rest back in the run, but one is missing a lot of feathers, and we can't find one at all why can't people control their dogs? one of the conditions for us allowing dogs is that they are supposed to be under control at all times. Grrrr!
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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 21st Jul 15, 1:43 AM
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    I'm sorry to hear you've both lost chickens especially with *insert swear word beginning with D and ending with D and an "ickhea" in the middle* irresponsible dog owners I'd be asking them to leave if that was me.

    My girls have got hay in the next boxes, wood shavings under the indoor roost and cardboard on their upstairs level. They have a new perch up there but I need to add some timber all the way round the top of the house so I can get wood shavings up there which won't blow away and is easier to shovel the poo.

    I won't use straw because red mite like to hide in the tubes. I struggle enough to keep that under control without making it easier for the little !!!!!!s
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    • ali-t
    • By ali-t 21st Jul 15, 8:16 AM
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    Sorry to hear about the losses. I dont use straw or hay, i use easichick bedding which is li,e crushed up bits of wood but very absorbant so easy to keep the coops clean.
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    • Better Days
    • By Better Days 21st Jul 15, 2:43 PM
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    Oh dear, yesterday clearly not a good day. We lost one of our hens too. She was looking poorly, took her to vets. Prognosis not good - tumour and abdominal swelling, and she was clearly miserable, so we had her PTS.

    She was an ex-bat, but had a good 18 months here with the sun on her feathers, grass to eat, soil to scratch and daily treats. Much better than being turned into pet food when no longer commercially viable. Down to 4 hens again, with 2 laying and 2 that have decided to 'retire'.

    We use the dust free horse shavings for the coop. The coop is also cleaned monthly with poultry shield then with DE puffed over the inside to keep the dreaded mites at bay.
    It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 21st Jul 15, 3:16 PM
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    Sorry to hear of the losses

    We have only had ours a month and I very attached to them already. They are getting celeb status as they are out the front of the house, every one sees them as they drive past and a couple of people have stopped to come meet them. Just went to the animal store to get wormer and the guy there said oh your the lady with the hens in the front . Still means I can see them from the kitchen where I spend most of the day

    Well Gertie is now renamed Buster. His crowing is coming along nicely. Makes me laugh the see him pump out his chest and out comes this broken crow. I put in a potted lettuce for them to peck at, they've not eaten it, just destroyed it all over the run funny coz when I've let them out the back garden to roam they are tucking into any plant they can reach lol

    They are now used to the dog and ignore him and he mostly ignores them unless I throw down corn, then he dives in wanting his share

    And they are getting tamer, have had two eating from my hand and they all come running to the fence minute we step out the door

    They all have distinct personalities. I know who's who from a distance

    Now just can't wait for them to start laying
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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 21st Jul 15, 4:13 PM
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    I've got a broody again :wallbash: third time in three months

    I think this time we are going to get her some fertlised eggs to plonk herself on and see if that snaps her out of it in the future. Failing that, we may well need to rehome her if she's in the broody cage once a month, it's not fair to her and she should be somewhere where she can do the things that are natural for her.

    Saying that, she was out of the nest box of her own accord when I left today so maybe she's just gone a bit doolally *crosses fingers*


    Very weird. She was out of the box again just now and there was an egg. It's taken her hours to lay that today if she's true to form, she'll be broody again within a week anyway so what I said up there still stands
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 21st Jul 15, 6:18 PM
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    And they are getting tamer, have had two eating from my hand and they all come running to the fence minute we step out the door. Now just can't wait for them to start laying
    Originally posted by suki1964

    Aww!! So glad they have started to eat out of your hand. They are obviously relaxed now and have leant to trust you!! I knew you would get there with them.


    Now they are relaxed and trusting they should start laying. Just a little tip you may need to check in a few corners of the coop to make sure they have not laid somewhere already. We have lovely nesting boxes for our girls but occasionally they find a little nook somewhere in the garden like behind a bush and lay their egg there. Our ducks do that all the time. It is like an Easter egg hunt in our garden at times.


    Can't remember how old you said yours were. I know you only got them recently!!


    Edwink x
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 21st Jul 15, 10:18 PM
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    Aww!! So glad they have started to eat out of your hand. They are obviously relaxed now and have leant to trust you!! I knew you would get there with them.


    Now they are relaxed and trusting they should start laying. Just a little tip you may need to check in a few corners of the coop to make sure they have not laid somewhere already. We have lovely nesting boxes for our girls but occasionally they find a little nook somewhere in the garden like behind a bush and lay their egg there. Our ducks do that all the time. It is like an Easter egg hunt in our garden at times.


    Can't remember how old you said yours were. I know you only got them recently!!


    Edwink x
    Originally posted by edwink
    Oh they are just three months so I'm not expecting eggs a good while yet although I keep telling them I want an egg in the morning

    Queen of cheap, explain to me about a broody hen please?
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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 22nd Jul 15, 10:14 AM
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    Oh they are just three months so I'm not expecting eggs a good while yet although I keep telling them I want an egg in the morning

    Queen of cheap, explain to me about a broody hen please?
    Originally posted by suki1964
    I threatened the girls with a disposable BBQ to get them laying - jokingly of course but it worked

    A broody hen. A complete pain in the 'arris. Sits in the nest box all day and all night. Gets aggressive if she thinks there is a threat to her eggs. Will come out for about 10 mins a day for food, drink and the biggest, smelliest poo ever. Can last for up to three weeks.

    You can "break" a broody by putting her in a dog cage up on bricks will air circulating all around her. You should do this for three whole days and nights at a time. Put food and water in for her.

    Some breeds of hen are more prone to broodiness than others
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 22nd Jul 15, 10:59 AM
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    A broody hen. A complete pain in the 'arris. Sits in the nest box all day and all night. Gets aggressive if she thinks there is a threat to her eggs. Will come out for about 10 mins a day for food, drink and the biggest, smelliest poo ever. Can last for up to three weeks.
    Some breeds of hen are more prone to broodiness than others
    Originally posted by queen of cheap
    My Speckled hen gets broody every year. She sits in the nesting box for hours and hours and hours. I do get her out during the day. When I do she screams at me for a minute or two then calms down. We have a cuddle and I put her on the path in the garden. She will then run down the garden like a lunatic flapping her feathers. She will stay out for a bit and dust bathe and eats a little before she goes back in again. You need to keep removing the eggs from under her if possible. In this hot weather they will get really hot!! Just make sure she drinks something and at least eats something once a day. We have put a little bowl of food in the nesting box with her and some water with a little vit boost in it.

    Hope this is some help!!

    Edwink x
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 22nd Jul 15, 11:03 AM
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    I put ours in a separate place where they cannot go indoors, or if it's wet in an old ferret run with no nesting place.

    Our most determined broody will go like that for 6 weeks easily.
    Things are more like they are right now than they've ever been.




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    • By stepuptothepl8 22nd Jul 15, 10:23 PM
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    Our missing hen came back with a big gouge out of her side She's still eating and acting ok though, so we'll see how it goes. The guests have finally apologised, and offered to pay any vets bills. So that's stopped me thinking evil thoughts about them
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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 22nd Jul 15, 11:34 PM
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    Red. Mite.

    We found quite an infestation of red mite today. Under a perch on top of the house that we only put there on Sunday.

    Them being on an allotment is challenging at times to say the least. This is one of those times. Not impossible, but challenging
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 23rd Jul 15, 12:15 PM
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    Red. Mite. We found quite an infestation of red mite today. Under a perch on top of the house that we only put there on Sunday. Them being on an allotment is challenging at times to say the least. This is one of those times. Not impossible, but challenging
    Originally posted by queen of cheap
    Aww what a pain that is for you!!! Not good when that happens. I am sure you know that you will have to deal with that problem ASAP. We had the same problem a couple of years ago. That can be a hens keepers worst nightmare. I do hope that you manage to get rid of it.

    For others new to hen keeping you must be aware that this can happen to the cleanest of hen huts. Ours were cleaned regularly and we still got it. We introduced some new hens a couple of weeks before we got it.

    If you suspect that you have the dreaded red mite. The best thing to do is to go up to the coop at night with a clean piece of white paper towel. Wipe the underside of their perches with it. If it has blood on it you will know you have the problem.

    The red mites stay in the hen huts and feed on the hens blood during the night and then crawl back to where they came from when they are full up. They will do this each and every night. So wiping the underside of their perches with a piece of white kitchen towel will wipe some of them up and as they have been feeding on your hens as I said there will be blood on the paper towel.

    This is dangerous for the hens if this problem is not dealt with. The consequences for the hens is another problem you will have to deal with if the red mite problem is not dealt with as soon as possible.

    We could not get rid of our problem. We tried and tried but in the end we had to burn out hut and get them another. We used poultry hut disinfectant and all sorts. We treated all the hens before they went in to their new hut. Touch wood we have not had the problem since. We do now dust the hut especially the perching bars and the underside every time we clean them out. Only a light dusting!!!! The upheaval of sorting the red mite problem out has made us fully aware that they are so hard to get rid off once you have them.

    My brother has kept hens for around 15 years and he has never treated his hut with any sort of powder. He has never in those 15 years had any problems with red mite either.

    Hope this is of some help to others on here.

    Edwink x
    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 23rd Jul 15, 5:20 PM
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    Thanks Edwink.

    We have completely replaced the roof with a plastic one. Sadly it is still on top of the wooden run because we don't want to get rid of the whole thing yet, but if we have to, we will.

    I did a lot of reading on this yesterday/last night.

    We have scrubbed with jeyes fluid, steamed all the books and crannies, rubbed garlic over everything (who knew chickens liked garlic so much?!) and covered everything in and on the coop with diatom, replaced all the bedding and nest box material and diatommed the girls and their dustbathing spots. There is garlic in their water too.

    I'll keep the little b*ggers off them if it's the last thing I do.

    If there is any sign of them tonight when we go round to check, I'll cry we have spent all day doing all that
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