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by Henwife
08 Jan 2016, 12:02
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Flooring for temporary run
Replies: 10
Views: 4226

Re: Flooring for temporary run

Being inherently lazy, I would still use gravel or sand on a paved area to allow the rain to wash their droppings through. Hefting wet straw every day is not for me, and I don't expect this rain to cease any time soon.
by Henwife
07 Jan 2016, 22:07
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Flooring for temporary run
Replies: 10
Views: 4226

Re: Flooring for temporary run

Sand or pea gravel would be best for soggy ground. Wood shavings will just become saturated - the former choices ought to at least drain through and be less unpleasant for them. Also you can dig it in when the chicken move out to improve drainage - a win-win situation.
by Henwife
09 Dec 2015, 08:39
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Chicken coop; wood vs tin
Replies: 2
Views: 1751

Re: Chicken coop; wood vs tin

I would be far more concerned about heat than cold, but not knowing where you live, have no idea of your weather conditions. With it's back to the wind, and in adequate shade, it could be OK and certainly predator proof at night or on occasions when they need to be kept in. Chicken dislike wet (well...
by Henwife
07 Dec 2015, 08:23
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Broody chicken, shall i coop her elsewhere, take her eggs?
Replies: 4
Views: 3268

Re: Broody chicken, shall i coop her elsewhere, take her egg

Fast Farmer has a point about whether this is northern or southern hemisphere, but as the hen has alredy been sitting for two weeks on infertile eggs, I wouldn't be inclined to subject her to a further three weeks on a fresh set. However, wyandottes are brilliant sitters and mothers, so break her br...
by Henwife
27 Nov 2015, 16:07
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Pigs and Chickens in the same Shelter?
Replies: 2
Views: 1421

Re: Pigs and Chickens in the same Shelter?

Chicken are very dozy at night so if the pigs decided not to sleep in, the birds would be easy prey for predators. There's no reason per se why they shouldn't share a shelter although I would be inclined to put a droppings board beneath the perches - chicken shit can burn and pigs have surprisingly ...
by Henwife
18 Nov 2015, 19:58
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: PEN CONSTRUCTION ADVICE
Replies: 3
Views: 2497

Re: PEN CONSTRUCTION ADVICE

I found electric fencing effective against foxes..............until rabbits decided that if the chewed through the verticals (non-electric) they could whisk through between the horizontals - followed by foxes. Now that myxi's back in our area, the foxes have easy pickings. Now if something would dea...
by Henwife
14 Nov 2015, 21:43
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: PEN CONSTRUCTION ADVICE
Replies: 3
Views: 2497

Re: PEN CONSTRUCTION ADVICE

I assume you talking fence posts here and in which case, 3x3 is more than adequate. If you are lucky enough to be working on level ground and the pen is a reasonable rectangle. then possibly 4x4 at the corners. Have you thought of using electric netting? Comes in 50m rolls (with posts) and by the ti...
by Henwife
10 Nov 2015, 21:24
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: my worst chicken year.
Replies: 4
Views: 3348

Re: my worst chicken year.

I've had bad years in the past, but never anything quite like that. I can only suggest that you go for something pretty standard next year in the hope that they are resistant to everything that gets thrown at them. I'm thinking bantam Sussex or Leghorn - lots of lovely colours and as tough as old bo...
by Henwife
02 Nov 2015, 10:33
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Winding down for Winter
Replies: 2
Views: 1444

Re: Winding down for Winter

I suspect that the guinea fowl flock may decrease this winter - most of them are now getting on a bit, but they all sleep up the apple tree regardless of weather. One idiot managed to go really broody before I noticed her and last week hatched two, one white, one brown. The former disappeared within...
by Henwife
21 Oct 2015, 07:44
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Heating Coops in the winter
Replies: 2
Views: 2118

Re: Heating Coops in the winter

Over heated chicken get sick and weaken. Its the main reason I would never have anything to do with ex battery birds. However, since you already have a power supply to their house, you might want to lengthen their day slightly with additional light to encourage laying in the winter. Not too much, th...
by Henwife
04 Oct 2015, 21:02
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Mystery illness or gapeworm?
Replies: 2
Views: 2287

Re: Mystery illness or tapeworm?

The only possibles would appear to be Infectious bronchitis or Gumboro (Infectious bursal disease). Both are viruses. With the former, vaccination is the only preventative & there's a 40% chick mortality if it strikes. Were the other chicks vaccinated - adult birds are carriers, so it could come fro...
by Henwife
23 Sep 2015, 07:46
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Help! What to do for the best??
Replies: 3
Views: 2390

Re: Help! What to do for the best??

After 6 weeks, mum has usually had enough and can't wait to get back to 'adult' company. Some cocks are brilliant fathers (silkies for one) and if he's taken on the young ones he'll consider them his flock - and won't allow them in with the rest of the birds. Start building a new chicken coop now!
by Henwife
13 Sep 2015, 21:14
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Moving hens to new coop?
Replies: 1
Views: 2143

Re: Moving hens to new coop?

Move them all into the big coop after they have settled in their usual coops for the night. Remove the small coops. They'll be a bit puzzled the following night, but once they realise there is only one place to settle at night, they should go there. If you think this might fail, and the new coop has...
by Henwife
09 Sep 2015, 11:09
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Cream legbar & crested cream legbar genetics:
Replies: 4
Views: 1879

Re: Cream legbar & crested cream legbar genetics:

British Poultry Standards state quite firmly that the Cream Legbar is a crested variety (of Legbar). Unfortunately, when these became a fashionable bird to have, they were mixed with a number of other breeds, mainly of the white leghorn type, to improve egg production. Ebay has a lot to answer for, ...
by Henwife
03 Sep 2015, 06:52
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Cream legbar & crested cream legbar genetics:
Replies: 4
Views: 1879

Re: Cream legbar & crested cream legbar genetics:

Only a small point, but if the hen is uncrested, she's not a Cream Legbar. I spent many years breeding these, so I'm not just being pikky. That being the case, it's anybody's guess as to what colour eggs you'll get, but unless you intend to sell hatching eggs as Cream Legbars, it doesn't really matt...