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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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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 8th Sep 18, 4:57 PM
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    Aw, that's lovely Suki! Hope they have a long and happy retirement

    Sorry to hear about your old girls Edwink Five and a half years seems rather old, I'm impressed they've been around for so long! They've had a good life with you lass xx
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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 9th Sep 18, 12:30 PM
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    Minor success for us - all four girls had gone to bed by themselves when I went to shut them in last night! They've not got the hang of the perch and were all just snuggled up against each other at one end of the house - they squarked at me when I shone a light to check they were all there cos it was just one big mass of feathers

    How are your elderly ladies this morning Edwink? Any progress on the egg eating CAFCgirl - did you try the mustard? Did you get it into an egg without getting it all over your kitchen??
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 9th Sep 18, 1:36 PM
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    Minor success for us - all four girls had gone to bed by themselves when I went to shut them in last night! They've not got the hang of the perch and were all just snuggled up against each other at one end of the house - they squarked at me when I shone a light to check they were all there cos it was just one big mass of feathers

    How are your elderly ladies this morning Edwink? Any progress on the egg eating CAFCgirl - did you try the mustard? Did you get it into an egg without getting it all over your kitchen??
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff
    They are real clever ladies when you think about it Cheery. Only have to show them a few times where to sleep and they get the hang of it. I know what you mean about the squawk as we get that too. When we had 22 hens here the head count was pretty hopeless because it was just a mass of ginger feathers. Once you have accidentally woken them up they start all standing up with one or two giving the odd peck to another as if to say "oh shut up will ya it's only mummy checking we are all in safely. Now if you all would kindly just sit down the head count will be so much quicker, goodnight!!"

    Thanks for asking about my girls Cheery. They are both a bit better today and appear to have more energy. I always think it is like very old people that have aches and pains having good and bad days. I've been keeping a real close eye on them to make sure they are ok. I bet they are wondering what all my fuss is about, bless 'em. Will just take it day by day with them now and see if I can sneak in an extra treat or two when the others are out of sight. Mind you chances of that is pretty slim as the others follow me everywhere.


    Great photos by the way. Have to say yours look in really good condition and healthy which is lovely to see. I'll have to sort some pics out to add on here. If you are interested my avatar is a pic I took of my Indian Runner duck. We got her when she was 8 weeks old and she is 8 now.

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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 9th Sep 18, 1:50 PM
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    Aw, cheery duck Glad your old folks seem brighter today

    i was surprised at the condition mine are in - although they were barn hens rather than cage. Three of them are more scruffy than I think they look in the pics

    Pleased to say the run now has two sides, and I've finally finished levelling the ground for the other two - sadly Mr Cheery has gone out for the afternoon else we'd put them up today too. I'm just going to sit with the girls and have a cuppa, and then get started on proper fox proofing - we had loads of rigid metal collapsable rabbit (I think) cages left in the garage by the last owner so I think a skirt of those just under the grass all round the sides should be enough to stop any digging... (Hopefully...)
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    • jac99
    • By jac99 10th Sep 18, 2:36 PM
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    Discovered this morning that my little black chicken loves strawberries - I kept some for the hens from tea last night and shared them out this morning. I thought just one each in case they have an undesirable effect! The little black hen tried hers but the others were more cautious. She took her strawberry into a corner and ate it quickly, then came running out and took the others one by one from under the beaks of the other hens as they were still trying them out.

    She seems to be getting more confident. I haven't seen so many of her feathers lying around or seen her being picked on so much. I did give a spray of anti-peck spray for a couple of days so not sure if that worked or if they are just naturally finding their places in the group.

    Also discovered who one of my layers is - the dominant grey hen! Caught her mid-lay as I went to clean them out, she was not impressed and loudly told me off for disturbing her!
    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 10th Sep 18, 4:51 PM
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    Aw jac, your little black hen sounds lovely I've discovered mine love blackberries Sadly for them so do I I've been taking them handfuls of grass, clover etc every afternoon (they're still in the stable, sigh) and they love it.

    Maud is still limping I've had a good look twice now though and can't see anything wrong, and I've given it a bit of a wash both times (she wasn't impressed). She seems to be worst in the mornings, thought she was almost better yesterday afternoon but she was limping again today. Will go back out in a bit and see if she's got better again. Maybe she's just old and a bit stiff first thing

    No eggs from my lot this morning! We had four on the first day, and 2 or 3 every day since, but none today! I did let them out about 7.30, and after I'd given them breakfast and done a bit of poo picking in the house, Mildred went back in, and I could hear her squarking a bit but no egg! Bless her, she did sound like she was trying... Checked again at lunchtime and still nothing - there's often another one or two when I go back so goodness what's going on with them today.

    Pleased to report all four sides of the run are up and fox proofing has commenced We've spent a good three hours on it today, but now I really MUST get back to work for a while Not much left now. The girls are going to be SO excited when they get out there (either that or so resentful that it's windy and cold when the stable was nice and warm and dry )
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 10th Sep 18, 7:58 PM
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    Well, I just learned something new (again!)

    I started wondering why hens keep laying eggs all the time, but other birds don't, so I googled, and discovered that they will lay until they have a clutch, (up to about twelve) and then will sit and brood the clutch, just as other birds do.

    By removing the eggs daily, the hens will continue to lay, plus that laying tendency has been selectively bred into them over hundreds of years.

    I expect you know all that, but it was a bit of a ping moment for me!



    I wonder if the hens ever wonder why they keep laying and laying and never get a clutch?
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    • jac99
    • By jac99 10th Sep 18, 8:58 PM
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    Hello Pyxis, fascinating isn't it...the things you didn't know you didn't know until someone else states the obvious. Thanks for that, I didn't even know it would be called a clutch. The rate my hens are laying - I think once every 2-3 of days, they would be waiting a while to get to 12 eggs! Their attention span seems to be so short I think they would give up before that.
    • jac99
    • By jac99 10th Sep 18, 9:02 PM
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    Its funny how they have their own personalities isn't it Cherry Daff. After I give the coop a bit of a spruce up in the afternoons I always give them a handful of herbs to apologise for disturbing them. They go crazy for the mint... which is good because I have loads of it...but aren't so keen on sage I have discovered. Today I included some chives and they were playing tug of war with them in n their eagerness to have the most!
    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 10th Sep 18, 10:17 PM
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    Ooh, I haven't tried my lot on herbs yet, thanks for the suggestion! My mint isn't very big yet so they're not having that but I've got plenty of oregano - wonder if they'd be interested?! Will try them tomorrow

    I think I did know that about chickens and eggs pyxis, but only because I've read so blithering much about chickens in the last couple of weeks

    Maud's foot seems loads better this afternoon - but then it seemed quite a lot better yesterday afternoon too and then worse again this morning... Maybe she's just a bit old and creaky in the morning?! I've replaced their ramp (which they were ignoring) with a large stone to use as a half way jumping point for getting in and out in case it's too much of a leap for her and we'll see what that does...
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    • jac99
    • By jac99 11th Sep 18, 9:55 AM
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    Apparently Oregano has antibacterial and antibiotic properties, can help combat disease and promotes respiratory health.

    I don't know if it is just wishful thinking but there appears to be some thought that different herbs promote chicken health in different ways, similar to humans I suppose. I have been giving them a handful most days and they seem to eat the majority except sage so far.

    It also has the additional benefit of making it all smell nice!
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Sep 18, 10:09 AM
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    Apparently Oregano has antibacterial and antibiotic properties, can help combat disease and promotes respiratory health.

    I don't know if it is just wishful thinking but there appears to be some thought that different herbs promote chicken health in different ways, similar to humans I suppose. I have been giving them a handful most days and they seem to eat the majority except sage so far.

    It also has the additional benefit of making it all smell nice!
    Originally posted by jac99
    Now, I wonder why they don't like sage?
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    • jac99
    • By jac99 11th Sep 18, 10:15 AM
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    Hadn't thought of that!
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Sep 18, 10:16 AM
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    Hadn't thought of that!
    Originally posted by jac99








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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 11th Sep 18, 11:08 AM
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    you lot

    I confess I forgot to go via the garden for oregano this morning, although they did get big handfuls of weeds and clover and grass I sat with them a bit but going to be out til about 11pm so they'll have to fend for themselves the rest of the day. They've got plenty of food and things to play with.

    Luna actually jumped up onto my lap this morning, the first time one of them has done that! Of course, I had to lure her there with food but so far they've avoided it, although two of them will willingly eat out of my hand now All of them happily cluck and scratch round my feet whenever I'm in there

    Luna and Mildred are still picking on Hermione Most of the time they all seem to bimble round together quite happily, but occasionally one of them will go out of their way just to peck her I would have thought after a week and a half the pecking order would be well and truly established and they could stop actually pecking, but am I just being naive?!

    Maud's still a bit limpy but it seems to be much better this morning, thank goodness. She's still eating, hanging out with the others and not being bullied so I'm not unduly worried but I'd prefer it if she was walking properly!
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 15th Sep 18, 9:20 AM
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    Apparently Oregano has antibacterial and antibiotic properties, can help combat disease and promotes respiratory health.
    I don't know if it is just wishful thinking but there appears to be some thought that different herbs promote chicken health in different ways, similar to humans I suppose. I have been giving them a handful most days and they seem to eat the majority except sage so far.
    It also has the additional benefit of making it all smell nice!
    Originally posted by jac99
    Mine eat most herbs but not lemon balm or sage. There is another but I can't remember what that is at the moment. Ours come down to the house in the winter months and demolish what is left of our little herb gardens so I'll have to report back then when I know what is left untouched They scratch a lot of the soil out of them too all over the blooming patio but I guess they have fun doing that so I really don't mind

    Now, I wonder why they don't like sage?
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    I love the fun you bring to our thread Pyxis

    Luna actually jumped up onto my lap this morning, the first time one of them has done that! Of course, I had to lure her there with food but so far they've avoided it, although two of them will willingly eat out of my hand now All of them happily cluck and scratch round my feet whenever I'm in there

    Luna and Mildred are still picking on Hermione Most of the time they all seem to bimble round together quite happily, but occasionally one of them will go out of their way just to peck her I would have thought after a week and a half the pecking order would be well and truly established and they could stop actually pecking, but am I just being naive?!

    Maud's still a bit limpy but it seems to be much better this morning, thank goodness. She's still eating, hanging out with the others and not being bullied so I'm not unduly worried but I'd prefer it if she was walking properly!
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff
    Looks like yours are settling in really well Cheery and pretty quickly too which is great. I spend a lot of time with mine to especially when they are new here. Its lovely to see them be confident around you isn't it?. It makes me feel so happy that they are finally letting their guard down and beginning to trust us as their new keepers.

    Their pecking order will settle Cheery. Sometimes it does take a while I'm afraid. The top hen will start too get bored with picking on Hermione and she will learn to keep out of their way in the meantime.

    I wouldn't be unduly worried about Luna either Cheery to be honest. As long as she is eating and drinking and mixing with the others that shows that she is ok besides her limp. She may have just jumped off of something and slightly twisted it. You have certainly done all you can to check that it is not foot related so just keep an eye on here like you are doing and see how she gets on.

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 15th Sep 18, 9:26 AM
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    Rosemary, perhaps? The leaves of rosemary aren't broad like other herbs, so maybe it's that one they don't like?
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 15th Sep 18, 9:39 AM
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    I've not been about on the thread over the past week but have now caught up with all the posts. Been away for a short break staying in a Shepherds hut in the middle of a field with 5 Rams and 2 horses. Great fun being off grid for a couple of day with absolute peace and quiet. No TV, internet, electricity but just a wood burning stove and lanterns oh and a running hot shower over a tin bath in a shed. Plenty of time to read when daylight with beautiful views across a valley. Ahh bliss!!! Our hens auntie looked after all of them whilst we were away. She adores them as I do and spoils them rotten. Hooray!! We are so lucky to have her on board we really are.

    Right back to my hens. The 2 quiet hens have picked up a little and are ok still. Just old age with those two bless them. I have witnessed it so many times before so know the score with the really elderly ones. I just make sure they manage to get some treat food like the others do and make sure they are eating and drinking enough.

    Keep up the good work everyone and keep spoiling your feathered friends I do love reading what everyone's hens are getting up to because there is nothing better than a good little little hen story

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 15th Sep 18, 9:43 AM
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    I've not been about on the thread over the past week but have now caught up with all the posts. Been away for a short break staying in a Shepherds hut in the middle of a field with 5 Rams and 2 horses. Great fun being off grid for a couple of day with absolute peace and quiet. No TV, internet, electricity but just a wood burning stove and lanterns. Plenty of time to read when daylight with beautiful views across a valley. Ahh bliss!!!

    Edwink
    Originally posted by edwink
    Blimey, Edwink!
    That's a real break!

    Sounds like it was in Scotland or Wales if that remote!

    Do I dare ask what the ahem bathroom arrangements were like?
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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 15th Sep 18, 10:18 AM
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    Ooh edwink, what a lovely break! sounds blissful!

    All good here Maud's foot has improved thank goodness. They're all getting a bit cheeky now - Luna actually jumped onto my shoulder this morning while I was sitting in there this morning had to shoo her off after she started pecking my earrings then five minutes later Hermione jumped up there! so pleased they're comfortable with me but not sure how I feel about them being that near my face

    We're SO close with our outdoor run now. Been pondering the roof all week - it's nearly 8 foot tall so should be fox proof - but there's a dry stone wall nearby and I don't know how well they can jump... Also didn't want them to be swimming in a mud bath come winter, so we've got corrugated plastic and will cover the lot today - it's clear plastic and the sides are just heavy duty mesh so there's plenty of light and air.

    So much enjoying having them thank you all so much for encouraging me
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