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by Gilly C
03 Apr 2012, 15:15
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Extreme Maker -- House/Run -- What Do You Think
Replies: 20
Views: 1145

Re: Extreme Maker -- House/Run -- What Do You Think

looks very nice I am sure they will have fun, if you can find room for a wire hanging basket it is good to give them a cabbage to peck at, greens and keeps them amused, my silkies love it these french ones took a while to get used to it but 4 of them can eat a whole cabbage in 4 days if confined !
by Gilly C
28 Mar 2012, 12:21
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Very Fussy Eaters
Replies: 6
Views: 521

Re: Very Fussy Eaters

stop feeding all treats, then introduce just a little late afternoon if you must , that way you should get them eating the pellets again, I give some little and not often, there is everything they need in the pellets ;)

I was beaten to it :lol:
by Gilly C
24 Mar 2012, 18:12
Forum: Smallholder animals
Topic: Any tips on persuading reluctant kids to bottle-feed?
Replies: 21
Views: 5477

Re: Any tips on persuading reluctant kids to bottle-feed?

I was always told stroking the throat makes them swallow, good luck
by Gilly C
22 Mar 2012, 18:12
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Chickens and gardens......
Replies: 14
Views: 543

Re: Chickens and gardens......

My Silkies had a large area of lawn or should that be grass, occasionally I had to strim it so it was not too long but having feathered feet it stayed grass year in year out even when i had guineas it was still ok as it is insects they like ! now here they will only be allowed out a bit and not yet ...
by Gilly C
20 Mar 2012, 10:03
Forum: Crafters Corner
Topic: Sensory quilt
Replies: 3
Views: 6703

Re: Sensory quilt

you are very clever, they get so much pleasure from touchy feely things :NW
by Gilly C
19 Mar 2012, 09:52
Forum: Breeds
Topic: Silkies
Replies: 245
Views: 78878

Re: Silkies

even though I have kept them for 12 years I am still hopeless at sexing but then usually only do 1 hatch a year sometimes 2 and under a broody so not many and I have got it wrong so many times, the breeder I used in UK gave up with them as not cost effective, also the meat does not appeal to me I ha...
by Gilly C
12 Mar 2012, 13:44
Forum: Pets and other animals
Topic: Got to have my boy put down tomorrow
Replies: 32
Views: 5137

Re: Got to have my boy put down tomorrow

Rip Marley run free at Rainbow bridge (((HUGS))) to you , you did what was for the best , hard as it was x
by Gilly C
11 Mar 2012, 16:07
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: introducing silkies
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Re: introducing silkies

I may be wrong but I think white is the dominant gene in Silikes, I never had any problems introducing new birds even cockerels, I did have lots of space and 2 sheds in a large enclosed run as well as a large free ranging area. the cockerels would square up for about 5 mins then all quiet ! I had 6 ...
by Gilly C
08 Mar 2012, 17:20
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Silkies and ramps
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: Silkies and ramps

If you can give them some cover outside for wet days, mine go underneath their hut, they do not like to get wet as not waterproof, but don't seem to like being indoors, we have ours netted on top too we live in town but often see raptors had 1 on the garden fence whilst my son was staying ! as they ...
by Gilly C
04 Mar 2012, 23:41
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Silkies and ramps
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: Silkies and ramps

most of mine use/d a perch 3 out of 4 perch ! here I use a plastic tray for potting plants as a dropping tray so the perch is about 8" off the floor I can measure if you wish, before that was the height of the dropping tray and the perch another 6-8" above that
by Gilly C
04 Mar 2012, 22:01
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: silkies
Replies: 10
Views: 338

Re: silkies

CC I have answered you on the other thread ! Silkies are not waterproof so depending where you live they do need at least part of the run covered, when we lived in the Lakes they were all under cover in the secure run , here they are only covered 2/5 ish but it has been very wet today and even thoug...
by Gilly C
04 Mar 2012, 21:53
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Silkies and ramps
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: Silkies and ramps

I have kept Silkies now for 12 years they have always had to go up a ramp, newbies sometimes take a few days to get used to the idea then no problem ! I put bars across every 6 " or so to give them grip !
by Gilly C
20 Feb 2012, 19:41
Forum: Pets and other animals
Topic: Training working border collies???
Replies: 4
Views: 1523

Re: Training working border collies???

you need to speak to Milkmaid ! all I know is that farmers I know both in the Dales and Cumbria put the dog in with a ewe and lamb and they never chase sheep again !
by Gilly C
12 Feb 2012, 13:04
Forum: Grow Your Own
Topic: Virgin veg plot
Replies: 10
Views: 7099

Re: Virgin veg plot

shavings is still good just takes a bit longer to rot, you will get lots of weeds we have just started a veg plot on what was lawn, we had good crops in the first 2 beds the others are still covered in membrane, you can add anything ie cardboard to bulk up and break up the soil, google lasagne garde...
by Gilly C
09 Feb 2012, 19:34
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: What's the best thing to do with a lone chicken?
Replies: 26
Views: 1218

Re: What's the best thing to do with a lone chicken?

I have auto drinkers and feeders and door closer and leave mine for up to 5 days never had any problems , I also leave backup drinker and there are 3 different feeders, we even went away last month for 5 days admittedly that was before the big freeze but I also have a heater pad under the backup dri...