Check out my coop... Advice welcomed :)

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Post by laffinfowl » 10 May 2014, 21:26

What sort of money does that Ficam W cost ?

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Post by rutlandH20 » 10 May 2014, 21:31

Great work, OP! And so nice to see your new birds.

A couple of suggestions: The bamboo roll-up blinds are very handy hidey holes for mites. Because the bamboo is hollow, the little critters can get in and are safe from the effects of DE or sprays.

The perches really don't have to be so high. Some of the bigger bodied hens would be better off not having to jump down from such a lofty space. We've got our small flock on perches that are only 5 or 6 inches off the floor. Our perches are free-standing, so can be moved easily when cleaning out their house (which is 17" off the ground, supported by 4 staddle stones).

It's so nice to see such enthusiasm. Best of luck with your little flock!

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Post by NoNameNoNumber » 10 May 2014, 21:40

Thank you, its so EGGciting [sorry] :?

We let them out and they just wanted to huddle in the corner but after a while of us sitting in the run they started to get a little braver.

Do we have enough straw on the floor of the coop? My gf suggested it should be a few inches deep but we have a bit of a composting backlog at the minute (first house/big garden/lots of grass cuttings and zero gardening experience :lol: ) They should roost on the perches in theory so the bedding is just for absorbing the poop isnt it??? Speaking of which, can the dried out grass cuttings be used for anything? I'd assume they'd like having a good forage for bugs in there. Maybe a pile of it in the run would be of some benefit?

Drfish; Do you know of any decent alternatives worth using? I'll nip down to mole in the morning if you could recommend anything they have to offer?
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Rutland; It may well be worth dropping the upper perch to the level of the top of the ramp... Thanks

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Post by NoNameNoNumber » 10 May 2014, 21:41

laffinfowl wrote:What sort of money does that Ficam W cost ?
1 x 15g pouch can be had for £12... Christ is it a class A drug?!

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Post by jillychick » 10 May 2014, 21:54

Fantastic I'm so pleased for you I hope you enjoy your hens as much as we do, although I did warn you about anything with leg horn in it :lol: I've got four now so join the crazy leghorn club :lol: they are so amusing though have fun xx
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Post by drfish » 10 May 2014, 21:58

NoNameNoNumber wrote:
laffinfowl wrote:What sort of money does that Ficam W cost ?
1 x 15g pouch can be had for £12... Christ is it a class A drug?!
Worth every penny, and goes a long way.

I did my whole house (flea prevention) and 3 coops with it. Still got a litre left.
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Post by NoNameNoNumber » 10 May 2014, 22:09

Did you mix up the 5l then Dr and leave 1l bottled up?

How long will a good coat of Ficam-w last? and is there anything wrong with buying off ebay (does ~£12 sound about right?)

Sorry for all of the Q's...

Edit: Just purchased a sachet for £14 delivered... How toxic is it to the chickens?

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Post by NoNameNoNumber » 11 May 2014, 13:37

Well today I've spent probably 2 hours with them in the coop, they've all been picked up and once they're on their feet perching on my hand as opposed to being held then they've been fine, and seem happy enough to be petted and for me to have a good nosey at heir wings...

The Nero is so bloody strong though, if I grab her and she gets chance to flap her wings then I have to abort and let her go. At least just for a second so I can get a better grip so as to not let her win :D

Even the leghorn was happy to be touched and inspected, she does make me laugh though with how she runs around!

In the run I've lifted 2 slabs and made a kind of dust bath. A mixture of sand/compost and DE. Full of worms too which they pointed out!

I'm going to keep them inside the run for a week or two before letting them roam the garden though. I'd never catch them if they decided they weren't coming back!

Oh and I've had to put their feeder inside the coop to protect it from the elements, both the food and water are up on bricks inside now...

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Post by PixieDust » 11 May 2014, 14:05

Ooooh I bet you are having great fun. Lucky thing.

Can I ask where you got your run wire from? And how much?

Chooks look lovely. Look forward to seeing more pics ☺
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Post by NoNameNoNumber » 11 May 2014, 14:19

Unfortunately I have no idea about the wire, it was there when I bought the house...

What is a chook? Just another word for hen/pullet or chicken?

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Post by NoNameNoNumber » 11 May 2014, 17:05

Just for my reference more than anything...

4 hens bought on the 10/5/14 @ 17 weeks old
20Kg Heygates layers pellets
20Kg Bliss Eucalyptus bedding

We'll see how long it lasts...

What other supplies do I need?
I'll go to mole tomorrow and pick up some poultry shield and some grit.

Do I need to get any tonics or treats while I'm out? I keep bringing them worms :D

Oh and also it looks like I need grit... soluble or not... or both? Mixed in with pellets or in separate feeders?

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Post by PixieDust » 11 May 2014, 19:57

Chooks is just another word for chickens.

I love your link to Mole Valley farmers. Makes me chuckle. I live in the Mole Valley and it isn't in the West Country :lol:
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Post by NoNameNoNumber » 11 May 2014, 20:00

Sounds nice though whether it be west or not!

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Post by cleggy » 12 May 2014, 10:12

I can certainly recommend Craig's Pure Breed Poultry when you want to grow your flock :roll: :roll: and you will :lol: :lol: :grin:

He is near Mansfield which is close to you, he advertises on the Pre Loved site and is listed on the Chicken Allotment Garden site, his own website appears to be down but he can be contacted on 07940 490387.

He does Pure Breeds and Hyrids at around £10 each. I got a couple each of Copper Black Marans and Cuckoo Marans earlier this year and they are lovely birds :grin:
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Post by Mayhen » 12 May 2014, 11:15

NoNameNoNumber wrote:Just for my reference more than anything...

4 hens bought on the 10/5/14 @ 17 weeks old
20Kg Heygates layers pellets
20Kg Bliss Eucalyptus bedding

We'll see how long it lasts...

What other supplies do I need?
I'll go to mole tomorrow and pick up some poultry shield and some grit.

Do I need to get any tonics or treats while I'm out? I keep bringing them worms :D

Oh and also it looks like I need grit... soluble or not... or both? Mixed in with pellets or in separate feeders?
I have oyster shell grit in a separate feeder, and they can just help themselves. They should find plenty of normal grit and little stones to help in the gizzard for breaking down food while they're scratching around so there usually isn't any need to give them that but oyster shell is important for calcium:)
I also recommend worming them with flubenvet every few months. Don't use Verm-X because it doesn't work, it's just herbs and if your hens ever do get worms (I'm not saying they will!!!) it wont help at all. Flubenvet is the best, and you can still eat the eggs while you're using it :grin:
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