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by boaters
04 Aug 2018, 19:01
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Broody yet AGAIN!
Replies: 4
Views: 1053

Re: Broody yet AGAIN!

Thanks for responding - just my luck! I'm concerned that if she keeps being aggressive towards the others when they try to get in the nesting box she'll stop them laying as well, so I guess I'll persevere with the crate! There are 2 perfectly good nesting boxes side by side, but of course they all w...
by boaters
04 Aug 2018, 12:48
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Broody yet AGAIN!
Replies: 4
Views: 1053

Broody yet AGAIN!

My black rock isn't even a year old yet (although very close) and she's gone broody for the 3rd time in 4 months. Is this usual? The first couple of occasions I put her in a crate and she was OK after 3 days and nights in there. I really hated doing it to her. I've just put her in the crate again, l...
by boaters
21 Mar 2018, 16:24
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Limping becoming a hobble
Replies: 2
Views: 813

Re: Limping becoming a hobble

Thanks - encouraging words.
by boaters
21 Mar 2018, 10:20
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Limping becoming a hobble
Replies: 2
Views: 813

Limping becoming a hobble

I've had my chooks about 6 weeks now - got 5 of them at point of lay. One has had a limp for about a week but is now hobbling more. Not sure if it's foot or leg/hip. I can't see any of the signs I've seen of bumblefoot in online photos, nor any external signs of injury. It may be my imagination, but...
by boaters
19 Feb 2018, 20:01
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Laying on floor - and hole in eggs
Replies: 4
Views: 1909

Re: Laying on floor - and hole in eggs

Thanks to both - in answer to CP... the nesting area is about 3ft long, with a divider down the middle. 5 chooks altogether. Your idea sounds quite feasible, and there's room for a cat litter tray in the coop so I'll give that a try. And KateD, I'll try the waiting game! They're only 23 weeks, so ma...
by boaters
19 Feb 2018, 09:57
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Laying on floor - and hole in eggs
Replies: 4
Views: 1909

Laying on floor - and hole in eggs

Hi - one of my newbies is laying on the floor of the coop and all her eggs have a small hole in the top. Not sure if it's a peck hole or from a claw. This seems to be consistent (3 times in the last 3 days and always in the same place). All the others are laying in the nesting box. I put a piece of ...
by boaters
10 Feb 2018, 16:14
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: New chooks home now!
Replies: 2
Views: 1206

New chooks home now!

Picked up my 5 at lunchtime - we had a lovely chortley conversation all the way home! Been 3 years without - almost forgotten what it was like! So I now have 2 light browns (bit like warrens), 2 black rocks and a sussex star. Haven't had a white one before. They're not used to perching so they're re...
by boaters
08 Feb 2018, 21:01
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Help - new chooks!
Replies: 2
Views: 1191

Help - new chooks!

Hi - getting 5 new chooks this w/e. How long should I keep them in their house before letting them into the run? Is a couple of hours enough? It's advertised as a 10-chicken house, and the run (fully enclosed) is 6'x8'.
Probably the first question of many!
Thanks. J
by boaters
27 Oct 2017, 09:47
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Miscanthus or straw?
Replies: 1
Views: 1449

Miscanthus or straw?

Can I use miscanthus in my nesting box or should I stick to straw?
Thanks
by boaters
26 Oct 2017, 18:51
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Silicon sealant?
Replies: 1
Views: 890

Silicon sealant?

I'm trying to extend the life of my chicken coop and need to make the roof watertight. Does anyone know if silicon sealant is safe for chooks? (The sort you put around the bath or the kitchen sink). I'll be putting it along the roof plank joints, inside and out - it'll be about 80cm above the roosti...