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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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    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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    • By edwink 13th Apr 18, 9:20 PM
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    Home-reared stuff is much more real.

    One of the things I miss about growing my own veg is ending up with some very rude veg indeed!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Talking of very rude veg we grew some really naughty carrots last year. I am talking about bodies with legs and rude willies dangling down. I kept meaning to photograph some of them but never got round to it. Will certainly try and remember this year if I can.

    Our ground here is quite stony which is the main cause of the carrots looking quite odd at times. The easiest way to explain it is when a carrot is growing if it touches a stone it will start to sprout new roots in different directions so it can carry on growing. So those with perfect soil will often be the growers that grow the most perfect looking carrots, parsnips and the like. Personally I like my very rude veg so my stones are staying put

    What types of veg did you grow Pyxis?

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    • By edwink 15th Apr 18, 12:16 PM
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    Don't know about anyone else but I do think this Bird Flu problem we have here is stressing their girls out by having to be kept in and away from wild birds. Mine have a fair amount of space thankfully in their coop but on a day like yesterday they hardly got any warm sun in there. It was a beautiful day but because they are covered by a tarpaulin roof and the coop is massively shaded by neighbouring trees they only got a little sun in the coop when the sun shone down from the South. I suppose we must not grumble because hopefully it is keeping them all safe

    Anyway have done a bit of digging this morning and this is the latest update which is under the heading "documents" from 10th April 2018. It opens a PDF file which has all the latest information.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-europe#history

    My intention was to pull out the most important bits to put on here but some of it doesn't make sense to me today Maybe I have done too much reading this morning of it all

    If anyone hears anything further on the outbreak please post on here. Thank you.

    Edwink

    ETA..... Just found this too which was updated on 13th April 2018. Basically it is a long list showing what has been found week by week. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/699733/ai-findings-2018.csv/preview
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 17th Apr 18, 6:33 PM
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    Aww bless them. Got this short video today sent in an email from The British Hen Welfare Trust. You must watch the little ones dust bathing awwww!!. And all off to a new home. * Warning though* it does show them in their previous cramped battery hen conditions first.

    Sorry had to remove the link as was showing personal details from my email account. Will try and put the link on again..... Have tried without my details but it keeps adding them back on again. Oh well. If any of you got the email today from The British Hen Welfare trust maybe you would have more luck than I have getting the link on the thread.


    Anyway much nicer weather here now so the girls have been doing a little bit of sunbathing on the South side of their coop today when the sun came round that way this afternoon. We had a few stretched out wings taking in the warm rays which was nice to see for a change. Just can't wait until they will be allowed out again.

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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 17th Apr 18, 6:57 PM
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    Gosh, I hadn't realised they were all still cooped up! I've seen several wandering free round here so assumed they weren't...is it about keeping the hens away from wild birds or just their food? Quite glad we haven't got ours yet! I'm such a softie I might have to build some kind of giant aviary the size of a field, like the ones they keep vultures in at the zoo
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 17th Apr 18, 8:42 PM
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    Gosh, I hadn't realised they were all still cooped up! I've seen several wandering free round here so assumed they weren't...is it about keeping the hens away from wild birds or just their food?
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff
    Hi Cheery

    Its about keeping the wild birds away from the hens and their food. It is only the second time in the past ten years that keeping them undercover has been required AFAIK. Basically last year this happened for around 3 months and this year for around 2 months so far.

    Basically they must be undercover where no wild birds have access to them or their feed. So covered over somehow to stop any wild bird droppings or the birds themselves entering the hens coop/enclosure.

    Ours have a very large coop so have plenty of space which is great but covering the roof of a large coop has not been without its problems. Although we have a metal bar that goes across our coop both ways and the roof is covered with chicken wire we are getting huge puddles of rain collecting in the four main sections. Its fairy easy to push it off but we have found it a little worrying when the rain has gone on and on. Hubby has had to go out and push all the rain off before we go to bed and then again first thing in the morning. I am sure the roofing bars can cope with the extra weight but there is always an off chance I suppose that it could collapse . Hubby says I worry too much and as long as we keep clearing it, it will be fine.

    my brother kept hens for over 14 years and I don't remember there ever being a ban on letting them free range when he had his.

    Just one of those things I suppose that hen keepers need to make provisions for should the ban on free ranging hens happen again in the future. We planned on putting a permanent roof on the hens coop this year which would solve the problems we are having with tarpaulin on the roof. But, sadly this round of Bird Flu beat us to it. As soon as we are permitted to let them all out again that new roof is going straight on. We are looking to build a roof that can be opened up and closed again if needed. Still in the planning stage but hubby has assured me he is working on it

    So when you do get yourself ready for your new hens it maybe worth keeping in mind that they may be required to stay undercover for a while at some stage although it may not happen again. If you factor that in when building their coop you will be well prepared if the free range ban comes in to force again in the future.

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 18th Apr 18, 7:35 AM
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    Aww bless them. Got this short video today sent in an email from The British Hen Welfare Trust. You must watch the little ones dust bathing awwww!!. And all off to a new home. * Warning though* it does show them in their previous cramped battery hen conditions first.

    Sorry had to remove the link as was showing personal details from my email account. Will try and put the link on again..... Have tried without my details but it keeps adding them back on again. Oh well. If any of you got the email today from The British Hen Welfare trust maybe you would have more luck than I have getting the link on the thread.


    Anyway much nicer weather here now so the girls have been doing a little bit of sunbathing on the South side of their coop today when the sun came round that way this afternoon. We had a few stretched out wings taking in the warm rays which was nice to see for a change. Just can't wait until they will be allowed out again.

    Edwink
    Originally posted by edwink
    Edwink, regarding the link......... I'm no techhead, but what about if you go to the link's page on the web, and then copy its address from the address bar, and then paste that on here?

    That should get round the personal details thing.
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    • By edwink 18th Apr 18, 3:09 PM
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    Edwink, regarding the link......... I'm no techhead, but what about if you go to the link's page on the web, and then copy its address from the address bar, and then paste that on here?

    That should get round the personal details thing.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    No sooner said than done Pyxis thank you. Now why didn't I think of that???


    Deleted AGAIN


    Mmmm!!! I was confident that that was going to work but again it included my details. Mmmmm!!! Back to the drawing board me thinks


    Ok so tried another way by copying and pasting from the address line at the top and that does exactly the same.


    Answers on a postcard please!

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 18th Apr 18, 3:27 PM
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    No sooner said than done Pyxis thank you. Now why didn't I think of that???


    Deleted AGAIN


    Mmmm!!! I was confident that that was going to work but again it included my details. Mmmmm!!! Back to the drawing board me thinks


    Ok so tried another way by copying and pasting from the address line at the top and that does exactly the same.


    Answers on a postcard please!

    Edwink
    Originally posted by edwink
    How very, very strange!

    Right, try this.........google the website of whoever it is you're trying to link to, and get to them that way, then find the page you want, and copy the address bar from that.

    I defy it to have your details on it, doing it that way!
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    • By edwink 18th Apr 18, 4:05 PM
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    How very, very strange!

    Right, try this.........google the website of whoever it is you're trying to link to, and get to them that way, then find the page you want, and copy the address bar from that.

    I defy it to have your details on it, doing it that way!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Ok will do. So ok here is a good start. Just saw this soppy face not to mention that floppy comb on their site so just had to post that first. Come on Edwink concentrate, concentrate.

    http://www.bhwt.org.uk/information/spoilt-hens-february-2017/

    Right now off to find what I am looking for to post on here. Will be back.

    Sorry just couldn't resist posting this one too.

    http://www.bhwt.org.uk/information/spoilt-hens-september-2016/

    And another

    http://www.bhwt.org.uk/information/spoilt-hens-january-2018/

    And another

    http://www.bhwt.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/14.-Barbara-Hammer-Frieda-1.jpg

    Ok so I can managed to copy and paste those but I can not find the article they have sent me. Will keep on looking. Meanwhile I found this little girl. Meet Doris. Awww bless her.



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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 18th Apr 18, 4:15 PM
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    Aw!!

    Looking at the February one, why is its beak like that?
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    • By edwink 18th Apr 18, 7:20 PM
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    Aw!!

    Looking at the February one, why is its beak like that?
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Looks as though she had her lower beak trimmed bless her. They do that when they are really tiny actually a few days old. It is done by infra red and then about 10 days later the end section will just drop off. So called "farmers" of huge flocks do this to them stop the hens from pecking each other. They will still peck but do not draw blood so much. These hens in huge flocks are never kept occupied properly so get rather bored with their surroundings and each other so quite a bit of bullying goes on.

    Some are very against this happening to hens but others feel it is safer for the hens in the long run if they are be kept in huge numbers. This is because if they are to be kept together in huge and I mean huge flocks they are not able to peck each other so much therefore there are less injuries and less die from these injuries.

    The trouble is hens will go after anything that is RED. So if a hen is bullied and gets frequently pecked at she will obviously be showing a fair amount of blood on her skin. With blood being red she is pecked at even more sometimes until she becomes badly injured. Hens can and do bully each other but in the correct environment they will all live happily besides each other with no problems at all. This sort of problem is most often seen in huge flocks and I am talking in their 1000's.

    When hens are first introduced to each other there will always be a little arguing and fighting until the pecking order has been established. Once the pecking order has been established they should lively happily together and make friends with each other. There will always be a top dog when it come to hens and when she ages and realises she is no longer strong enough for the top dog position she will start to take a back seat and another hen with soon replace her.

    My little Bluebell hen was top dog for about 4 years until recently. She is 6 this year bless her and she has really slowed down now. She just lets the others get on with it now and spends most of her time sunbathing when the sun is out or sitting somewhere having a mid day nap. They don't bother her and she doesn't bother them. I do like it when there is harmony in the camp I really do.

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 18th Apr 18, 8:15 PM
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    That's interesting. So the beaks don't grow back, then? They're not like claw-nails?

    I wonder what the attraction to red is?
    Unless it harks back to their dinosaur genes, and blood equals an injured animal equals an easy meal?

    Would they peck you, if you were bleeding?


    Death by hen!


    Maybe the matadors have it wrong, and it shouldn't be charging bulls they wave their red capes at, but charging hens?


    That might make a 'good' horror film........ When Hens Turn Bad!
    Coming to a cinema near you!




    (Ok, I'll stop now! )
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    • By edwink 18th Apr 18, 8:45 PM
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    That's interesting. So the beaks don't grow back, then? They're not like claw-nails?

    Would they peck you, if you were bleeding?
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Yes they can and do grow longer again but mostly not. The material their beaks are made out of are is just like our nails. AFAIK some just grow in length a little but not to a point(ish) as they start off before being trimmed. Have a look at the hens beak again in that February picture I posted earlier. You can see that it has grown again but not to a point.

    Yes they would peck me if I were bleeding they definitely would. Also, I have had the odd sore say on my hand where maybe I have cut myself in the past and it had dried up but still red and they will still peck at that. They have done that to me and boy does it hurt.

    You would never go near hens with open toe sandals with red nail varnish on your toe nails. Seriously you wouldn't otherwise it would be blooming painful getting away from them even if they were previously your adorable cuddly feathered pets.

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    • By edwink 7th May 18, 9:44 AM
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    Hi everyone

    How is everyone and their feathered friends. All well and coping with being stuck undercover I hope.

    To be honest I do think the ban on letting our girls free range is going on a bit. I keep checking on a regular basis to see if there is any change to this but sadly not. I so want to let my girls out especially in this glorious weather. My girls are so old now so I want to see them running about outside like the loonies they are.

    Hotels x 2 to be cleaned out today so no bank holiday rest for us here. We have been away for a break hence the reason for no posts on here from little old me! Our lovely hen sitter has been looking after them for us, bless her she is so reliable and we are so lucky to have her on board if we do go away.

    Right it is going to be blooming hot out there today so best get going before it gets too hot.

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 7th May 18, 10:47 AM
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    I was thinking of you yesterday and wondering where you were!

    Plus I've not been at all well off and on, and thinking hurt!

    I bought some eggs from a very local producer this week, and my God! I've never seen such brown eggs!
    As you know, I'm not keen on eggs 95% of the time, but I seem to be in my annual 'egg-crave' mode. Yesterday, I had my second scramblette* in two weeks! And feeling like another one!

    Very weird! I get this egg urge, have them for a short while, and then go back to not liking them for another year or so. Odd.







    * They start off as omelettes, but then I add things like mushrooms, and then I have to flip them as I can't bear even a slight runniness in the middle, and then the whole thing breaks up and becomes more of a 'scramblette'!
    It all ends up like that in your tum anyway, so who cares!
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    • By edwink 11th May 18, 4:08 PM
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    Hi Pyxis

    Thank you for posting. I do hope you are feeling much better now

    I like the idea of a scramblette and as you say it all ends up in your tummy anyway. My favourite meal is egg and homemade chips, I just love it with bread and butter so I can make a chip butty too. Scrummy!!

    Not much happening with my girls except to say they are looking and acting somewhat fed up. Definitely not their normal selves. Its not light in their coop with the green tarpaulin covering the roof. I do hope the ban on not let them out is lifted soon. Well it would be good wouldn't it.?

    How is everyone else and their hens. Hope all is ok. Been rather quiet on here lately I suppose with your hens being cooped up there is not much to report that is or is not happening. The hooligans can't get up to much mischief can they?.

    All for now.

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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 11th May 18, 4:57 PM
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    Could you replace your tarp with some clear polythene to give them a little more light Edwink? Apologies if I'm being daft Clearly I know nothing about this at all I confess I was starting to think about where we put our chickens when we eventually got them this weekend and I confess I'd forgotten all about the ban on letting them roam about!

    But am I right in thinking they can go outside, as long as their outside run is fenced and their food and water is inside so wild birds can't get at it? But they're not meant to be free ranging? (I did just drive past a few free range ones wandering about in the road this afternoon, very naughty!)

    Gosh it's all complicated isn't it? I think I'll put off getting mine until the ban is lifted - I know I might have to deal with it eventually but I'd rather get used to it when I could let them roam about at the start

    Edited to add... this is what I was reading that got me confused, seems to suggest they can be outside in certain conditions (although not free range)

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#prevention-zone
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 11th May 18, 6:19 PM
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    Could you replace your tarp with some clear polythene to give them a little more light Edwink? Apologies if I'm being daft Clearly I know nothing about this at all I confess I was starting to think about where we put our chickens when we eventually got them this weekend and I confess I'd forgotten all about the ban on letting them roam about!

    But am I right in thinking they can go outside, as long as their outside run is fenced and their food and water is inside so wild birds can't get at it? But they're not meant to be free ranging? (I did just drive past a few free range ones wandering about in the road this afternoon, very naughty!)

    Gosh it's all complicated isn't it? I think I'll put off getting mine until the ban is lifted - I know I might have to deal with it eventually but I'd rather get used to it when I could let them roam about at the start

    Edited to add... this is what I was reading that got me confused, seems to suggest they can be outside in certain conditions (although not free range)

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#prevention-zone
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff
    Hi cheery Daff

    Yes they are allowed outside as long as they are fenced in and can not come in to contact with wild birds. But, as wild birds fly the hens need covering over in a coop or a temporary fenced in area because of the wild bird droppings landing anywhere and everywhere they like. Nothing from the wild birds should be able to reach the hens or indeed their food. And yes you are perfectly correct they are not permitted at the moment to Free Range.

    To be honest Cheery it just appears complicated but it really is not. I have kept poultry for years now and it was only last year and this year when the Free Range ban has been in place. So when this ban is lifted we may not get another ban for say 10 or 15 years or maybe never (hopefully)

    When the ban is lifted and you get some hens you can put them anywhere they really don't mind as long as it is cosy and dry at night and they have outdoor space during the day. An idea for you would be to build a mobile shelter for them with a detachable coop. As you don't know where to put them as yet you could just move it about until you firmly decide where the hens will finally settle. Some do this when they have a lot of grass so after moving the coop and their hotel they have a fresh patch of grass to eat and meanwhile the patch they were moved from starts to grow again etc. etc. I am sure you get the picture. You could start them off in a spare area by the house and move them as and when you need the piece of land for something else.

    Thank you for posting the link and they are always useful to read for myself and others on here.

    Really not that confusing, honest. I hope it is not putting you off of getting some because that would be such a shame. They are lovely little things and are never too much trouble and they will love you unconditionally cos they love people, well nice people that is

    We are planning to put a permanent roof on our coop soon. A permanent one that slides open and shut again, well that's the idea anyway at the moment. Our coop is 24ft in length and 16ft in width so would need to find a huge sheet of polythene but did wonder originally if it would be strong enough so went for strong tarpaulin to make sure it would hold the weight of the rain should we get a huge downpours. There is chicken wire all over the whole of the coop roof so we were just able to lay the tarpaulin on top and cable tie it around the sides to hold it on. Its been ok so far, fingers crossed. We just don't think polythene would do the same because if it really became windy it could lift off whereas the tarpaulin is heavy and lays relatively flat.

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    • By Cheery Daff 11th May 18, 9:57 PM
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    Aw, thank you for a long and conprehensive reply to my daft ignorant questions I think I get it now

    To be honest I think the main thing putting me off is the thought of having full responsibility for another living thing - something which I have never had my sister seems to add animals to her brood weekly it seems, but when you have 3 children I suppose a hamster doesn't seem that daunting

    I've earmarked a space now, just need to get my act together and build a temporary coop as you suggest - a great idea In fact there is an old pig arc in the field, kind of a triangular thing, might see if I can adapt that

    I've got my eye on the hen welfare people - there was a localish pick up a few weeks ago that I missed, and there's one tomorrow that I'm *clearly* not ready for :rotfl;l: but maybe next time...
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    • By Pyxis 12th May 18, 8:11 AM
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    Aw, thank you for a long and conprehensive reply to my daft ignorant questions I think I get it now

    To be honest I think the main thing putting me off is the thought of having full responsibility for another living thing - something which I have never had my sister seems to add animals to her brood weekly it seems, but when you have 3 children I suppose a hamster doesn't seem that daunting

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    Originally posted by Cheery Daff


    However, it depends on the hamster!
    Some hamsters seem to be descended from Vlad the Killer Hamster!
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