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Charlotte

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Gratuitous chicken pictures
« on: January 03, 2010, 08:23:56 pm »
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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2010, 08:31:17 pm »
Is that bark mulch they scratch in?

My dad always used to give his hens grain for 11ses (mixed wheat, barley & kibbled maize IIRC). This was over and above their balanced mash / pellet diet and was purely to give them something to do.

If they are busy looking for stuff they are much less likely to peck each other.
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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2010, 08:33:20 pm »
Is that bark mulch they scratch in?

Bark chippings, yes.  The Chicken Lady said we should use the stuff that B&Q sell for kids' playgrounds.
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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2010, 08:33:55 pm »
They look all fluffy and warm...

...and tasty... O:-)
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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2010, 08:36:34 pm »
I thought that as well...

Julian

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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2010, 08:37:46 pm »
They're hybrid chickens bred to be layers Andy - not much meat on them.  You need fatter ones for tasty!

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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2010, 08:38:54 pm »
They're hybrid chickens bred to be laywers Andy - not much meat on them.  You need fatter ones for tasty!
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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2010, 10:36:26 pm »
You need a top on that run. Otherwise they will get out and Mrs Fox will get in.

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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2010, 10:39:09 pm »


More gratuitous photos than you can shake a stick at.
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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2010, 10:58:30 pm »
Lovely photographs - how many chickens have you got and have you named them yet?  :D

I miss our neighbours' chooks, Gladys and Rosita, we had 4 of their eggs as a farewell present and they were wonderful. Sweetcorn was their crack cocaine.

This might sound indulgent but our ex-neighbours went on a course on how to look after them. They had something called an 'Egglu' for them which was meant to be fox and cat proof. Needless to say that George the cat was very unimpressed by G & R and kept his distance.

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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2010, 12:39:06 pm »
You need a top on that run. Otherwise they will get out and Mrs Fox will get in.

..d

We took the photos before screwing the top down.  Otherwise we would have no chickens left by now!!

Julian

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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2010, 12:43:30 pm »
Lovely photographs - how many chickens have you got and have you named them yet?  :D

Four - Emmeline, Christabel, Adela and Sylvia.  :D

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I miss our neighbours' chooks, Gladys and Rosita, we had 4 of their eggs as a farewell present and they were wonderful. Sweetcorn was their crack cocaine.

This might sound indulgent but our ex-neighbours went on a course on how to look after them. They had something called an 'Egglu' for them which was meant to be fox and cat proof. Needless to say that George the cat was very unimpressed by G & R and kept his distance.

We looked at the Eglu, but it's quite small & we wanted more than two chickens.  The one we've got is also meant to be foxproof - it certainly looks very sturdy (I wouldn't be able to move it by myself, so unless the foxes have been at the creatine we should be okay...)

Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2010, 01:55:42 pm »
MiniQ and I are expecting delivery of our 2 chooks next week.

Watch this space.

C

Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2010, 01:56:49 pm »
We got the Eglu cube which is large enough for up to 10 chickens, although we only have 3 at present - to be increased in due course. It is also fox-proof with the anti-dig skirt around the edge (which you can't see in the pictures as I've buried it under the gravel).

We were advised against using bark because it quickly goes rancid in wet weather.  If the run is not covered it is better to get wood chips (from the local tree surgeon).  If you cover the run, which I do, then horse bedding of various sorts is good - I use Hemcore, but there are others such as Easibed and Aubiose that do the job too.  I also put the Hemcore in the poo trays (dries it out, makes it easier to empty) and nest box.  I line the run, nest box and poo trays with Stalosan F disinfectant to kill parasites and worm eggs.  Also worm them monthly with Verm-X and three monthly with Flubenvet.

We decided on the Eglu after visiting a few chicken-keepers.  The wooden ones tend to smell bad and you have to spend such a lot of time cleaning them to prevent this.  The plastic ones tend to be easier to clean and don't have crevices for the red mite to live in.

However we are thinking of building a walk-in run on the same site later in the year, as we'd like to add a couple more chooks to the collection.  They get to free-range virtually every day anyway whenever we are at home.

I went on a half-day chicken-keeping course and it was very useful as I picked up a lot of tips.

Lots of gratuitous pictures Here.  This is our set-up



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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2010, 07:27:40 pm »
Any eggs yet ?


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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2010, 07:31:48 pm »
We've had four all told since Saturday.

But we ated two  :D
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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2010, 07:37:19 pm »
Would I be right in thinking that the people you bought them from specialise in "pet" hens? Yours seem remarkably happy & friendly with people. When my dad got his, initially a dozen at a time, but up to 50 at a time when he expanded his empire on retirement, they were really frantic when we first got them. They calmed down eventually and became accustomed to everything with the exception of the ferret, whose appearance in the garden for his daily trot around would always send them into the rafters.
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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2010, 07:42:17 pm »
I have a neighbour 3 or 4 doors away who has about 30 or so chickens.I have been very tempted to get a few my self.But don't really want to be tied to having animals to look after but having seen your set up I'm getting even more tempted than ever.So if I sucumb it will be all your fault!.


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Charlotte

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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2010, 07:57:06 pm »
Would I be right in thinking that the people you bought them from specialise in "pet" hens?

I don't know about "pet hens", but the poulty farm we got them from clearly catered for the West London crowd.  Dahling...
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Julian

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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2010, 08:02:07 pm »
Also, ours are hybrids which are less aggressive / nervous.  They discouraged us from getting the pure breed ones which are more prone to aggressive or frantic behaviour.

Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2010, 08:37:04 pm »
Any chance that you could try and prove/disprove the urban legend that you can "park" a chicken by painting a white line on the ground and holding the chicken with one eye to the line?  The theory is that the chicken's brain gets confused by a straight line running off in both directions and therefore the bird won't move until you come and pick it up again.

Cruel?  No more so than working TVs in Swindon shop windows.
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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2010, 08:38:14 pm »
Also, ours are hybrids which are less aggressive / nervous.  They discouraged us from getting the pure breed ones which are more prone to aggressive or frantic behaviour.

And I've been putting Citalopram in their layers' mash  :D

Any chance that you could try and prove/disprove the urban legend that you can "park" a chicken by painting a white line on the ground and holding the chicken with one eye to the line?  The theory is that the chicken's brain gets confused by a straight line running off in both directions and therefore the bird won't move until you come and pick it up again.

Cruel?  No more so than working TVs in Swindon shop windows.

Phil tried something similar to that at the weekend.  The ladies were having none of it.
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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2010, 08:40:57 pm »
How to Hypnotize a Chicken - wikiHow

I didn't realise you had to draw the line while the chicken was watching.
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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2010, 08:45:43 pm »
I have my doubts that all hens will necessarily have read that web page.
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Re: Gratuitous chicken pictures
« Reply #24 on: January 04, 2010, 08:46:10 pm »
How to Hypnotize a Chicken - wikiHow


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