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by kated
30 Jun 2018, 15:30
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Egg Shell Quality
Replies: 4
Views: 121

Re: Egg Shell Quality

So, first welcome to the forum. As far as I can see you are doing all the right things. Most chickens' eggs decrease both in number and quality over time and some of yours could qualify as middle aged now. There are products on the market which purport to improve shell strength. I have not tried the...
by kated
27 Jun 2018, 17:09
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Broody nest fouling
Replies: 4
Views: 5062

Re: Broody nest fouling

Great idea - what will you do with the spare cockerels that you hatch? Just saw someone trying to offload a batch at a house clearance auction. So sad.
by kated
26 Jun 2018, 09:03
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Clever Coop Company/Plastic houses
Replies: 6
Views: 3381

Re: Clever Coop Company/Plastic houses

Hi Esther

I have no experience of them myself but you might check out mumsnet.com as I note that in 2017 there was discussion on Arkus coops. By now, the owners should have a year's experience of how they perform and you could maybe wake up the thread to find out more.

Cheers
Kate
by kated
19 Jun 2018, 09:49
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: Keeping Foxes Out
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Re: Keeping Foxes Out

...and not just foxes, feral cats will bite the heads off young stock who poke their heads through. Super work though!
by kated
09 Jun 2018, 13:13
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Nostril enlarged Polish hen
Replies: 2
Views: 453

Re: Nostril enlarged Polish hen

No real answer for you but I had an OEG bantam with the same thing and it didn't seem to bother her any. I took her to the vet who removed some of it but it was stressful for her and as she was an old bird, I didn't want to continue. The bit that the vet removed grew back and blocked her nostril aga...
by kated
01 Jun 2018, 11:29
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Please advise on this breed? (Pic heavy!)
Replies: 4
Views: 666

Re: Please advise on this breed?

Some people! What a thing to do - hope she has a good home with you now. She looks like a commercial layers breed or maybe a Rhode Island Red.

Thanks for saving her

Kate
by kated
14 Apr 2018, 12:56
Forum: George's Lounge
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY PK!
Replies: 2
Views: 615

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY PK!

And here we still are! Hanging on for grim death - such a shame more of us don't contribute any more.
by kated
29 Mar 2018, 13:44
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Layers pellets info please
Replies: 2
Views: 692

Re: Layers pellets info please

Personally I don't think you would notice any difference. If your chooks get a balanced diet (ie access to grass, bugs, weeds etc) then they'll do fine on your local stuff. If you feel strongly about GM then that is a different matter altogether.
by kated
21 Mar 2018, 13:09
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Limping becoming a hobble
Replies: 2
Views: 605

Re: Limping becoming a hobble

I think if you try to confine her she will become stressed and it could exacerbate things. I don't think antibiotic cream is going to be effective either. You will just have to try the waiting game if you don't want to go down the vet route. If you eventually do want to try a vet, make sure they are...
by kated
02 Mar 2018, 12:26
Forum: George's Lounge
Topic: I'm livid!
Replies: 12
Views: 1606

Re: I'm livid!

It probably won't be allowed for long but I did as you did CP and ordered it on line - it was supposed to be delivered on Wednesday but we are snowed in here with chest deep drifts so my rats will just have to stay hungry.....
by kated
01 Mar 2018, 11:00
Forum: George's Lounge
Topic: I'm livid!
Replies: 12
Views: 1606

Re: I'm livid!

It's just another tax.......
by kated
27 Feb 2018, 19:38
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: Unknown predator
Replies: 3
Views: 1068

Re: Unknown predator

Yes that's a fox - as soon as you see it has no head, you know it's a fox. Hope you said 6 foot is no way high enough for the fence and they should be shut in at night. Foxes are particularly fond of duck and goose - will choose them over chickens. Electric fencing may be the way to go.
by kated
27 Feb 2018, 19:35
Forum: George's Lounge
Topic: I'm livid!
Replies: 12
Views: 1606

Re: I'm livid!

No, well the course is free I believe but you have to pay for the exam and therefore the certificate, which is the only way you can get the rat poison. £50 + vat
by kated
27 Feb 2018, 12:22
Forum: George's Lounge
Topic: I'm livid!
Replies: 12
Views: 1606

Re: I'm livid!

From March 1st 2018 you can only buy enough rat poison to kill one rat (and the cost for that one rat packet has skyrocketed) unless you have that damned certificate. Look out for huge increase in rat population.
by kated
24 Feb 2018, 12:39
Forum: Introductions and Welcomes
Topic: Hello from Suffolk
Replies: 6
Views: 1437

Re: Hello from Suffolk

People say good things about Smilebox....don't upload my photos so can't say categorically, but friends like it.