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by Marigold
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: The heat is on
Replies: 26
Views: 369

Re: The heat is on

This is a trivial matter in the scheme of things - but my pile of ironing is getting out of hand. This weather, all those lightweight cotton shirts and trousers need washing more frequently in the heat, but the idea of settling down to a steamy session of ironing does not appeal. I'm reduced to the ...
by Marigold
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Photos of Chickens
Topic: finally sussed how to post pics .. my silkies
Replies: 8
Views: 131

Re: finally sussed how to post pics .. my silkies

All together, now - AHH, Gorgeous!
Penny and Lizzie remind me of our lovely little Matilda, who used to sit on the children's knee and watch TV after school, dressed up in doll's clothes.
You could get away with a bigger file size than that, hip chick - up to 600 X 800.
by Marigold
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Pen floor advice
Replies: 15
Views: 261

Re: Pen floor advice

I expect moles, like other small mammals dependent on worms etc, are getting a bit desperate at the moment, with the ground so dry and hard. All the worms must be down really deep below ground. It's possible that the one you found was on its last legs, Tweetiepie, - like if one sees a hedgehog wande...
by Marigold
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Long time trying to lay
Replies: 13
Views: 216

Re: Long time trying to lay

Very good, that sounds like an excellent answer to a common problem. Now you're aware of the first signs, you can intervene early and nip any broodiness in the bud.
We'd love to see some pics of your Silkies, if possible.
by Marigold
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Drought conditions
Replies: 51
Views: 701

Re: Drought conditions

Oh dear, LadyA and Chris - more tales of disaster, so sorry to hear of your problems. I've been watching the weather forecasts to get some idea how our friends on here might be doing - I look up at the top to see what Shetland and HenGen might be getting, then watch the depression clouds moving over...
by Marigold
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Long time trying to lay
Replies: 13
Views: 216

Re: Long time trying to lay

If she tried to go back in the nestbox after laying an egg, that definitely sounds like broody. Yes that's fine. I would block off the nest boxes overnight with large plastic flowerpots or some boxes so she can't get into them. If your run is secure there is no need to offer her a coop at all, in fa...
by Marigold
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Drought conditions
Replies: 51
Views: 701

Re: Drought conditions

You have to load water softeners with special salt, and the machine is programmed to switch itself on in the middle of the night and suck the water in the hot tank and elsewhere in the system through the container of salt. This happens every 3 days or so, depending on how hard the water is in your a...
by Marigold
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Drought conditions
Replies: 51
Views: 701

Re: Drought conditions

We have Solartwin solar hot water heating panels, which have the advantage of being entirely solar powered. They have a small separate solar panel to power the pump that drives the water through the panels, instead of a mains electric pump like most other types. The water driven round the panels is ...
by Marigold
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Long time trying to lay
Replies: 13
Views: 216

Re: Long time trying to lay

I'm glad she looks OK. Keep an eye on her and get her out of the nestbox tomorrow if she seems to be stuck in there without laying, for too long. If no egg tomorrow, after sitting for more than two hours, I would ban her from the nestbox altogether, day and night, and isolate her until she comes to ...
by Marigold
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Long time trying to lay
Replies: 13
Views: 216

Re: Long time trying to lay

If she has been laying, even if you've been taking away the eggs, her hormones may be telling her she has laid a clutch and should now go broody. I would remove her from the nestbox if she's still in there - your original post was at 10-54 and its now 13.28, so whether or not she is broody, she shou...

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