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by Marigold
Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 55
Views: 702

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

You don't need a big shed, or a big coop, (or a decree nisi!) they wouldn't use it during the day. Just a big enough walk-in run with a free-standing coop, on legs so they can get underneath it, and no space is wasted. With extra perches fitted at different heights around the run. Tweetiepie, don't ...
by Marigold
Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house
Replies: 57
Views: 769

Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Tee hee! ... I tried to catch a couple but they are too quick. Will see what the pest guy says!!! Luckily my dads house is quite isolated :lol: Could you try trapping some specimens? Eg, put down a small square of stiff plastic in an area where they're common, (damp if you think they like that) wit...
by Marigold
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 55
Views: 702

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

All this is normal. A bit distressing, but they will settle down. They're probably not very happy yet, (would you be, if suddenly plonked in with two strangers in a new place?) but it will be OK once they find their way around and get used to you. You just have to let them have time and space to wor...
by Marigold
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 55
Views: 702

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Don’t worry, that’s not very usual! They’ll be OK once they’ve found the way in, but do sometimes seem to find it tricky to work out where the door is. They go to bed at sundown, so this changes until at the winter solstice they’ll be tucked up by about 3.45pm. and not emerge until around 8.00. In w...
by Marigold
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 55
Views: 702

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Brilliant! Well done, ditherer! Do you know how many weeks old they are? Hybrids usually start laying at around 20-22 weeks, but if they have already started they may go off lay for a week or two until they've settled in, as changing homes is always stressful for chickens, however much they are goin...
by Marigold
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 55
Views: 702

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Here's my last pic that hybrids are the way to go and my ex battery hen, Barbie-doll :-) and me (today) ... I was warned about "morehen" disease by the wise birds on here and unfortunately I have developed it :? :-)10 Delightful photo! Such love!! xxx They're just waiting for you to come and collec...
by Marigold
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 55
Views: 702

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

i think that, once the initial excitement has worn off, your children will be more likely to go on taking an interest if they can collect eggs every day, and for this you need consistent layers. There's nothing like collecting, cooking and eating your own lovely fresh eggs, it still thrills me to bi...
by Marigold
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 55
Views: 702

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

I now let mine out all day on my garden, when I am home. I've had to put netting around my flower borders and raspberries, to stop them dustbathing in there. They love exploring and hiding under the shrubs, for shade. I sprinkle a few layers pellets on the lawn in the middle of the day, to keep the...
by Marigold
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 55
Views: 702

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Wyandottes are certainly very pretty, but has the breeder discussed whether they have a tendency to go broody? Unless you intend to let a broody sit on eggs, every time a hen goes broody you have to isolate her in the light until her hormones calm down and she can rejoin the flock without spending a...
by Marigold
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 55
Views: 702

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Ccongratulations! re Black Rocks - these are a cross between Rhode Island Red and Barred Plymouth Rock, and legally, the registered name Black Rock should only be used for pullets from the Muirfield hatchery at CrossLees Farm or their registered dealers. See https://poultrykeeper.com/chicken-breeds/...

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