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by chrismahon
Tue May 21, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Welcome and Forum Rules
Topic: Hello from France!
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: Hello from France!

Hello from France and welcome to the forum. We have very few laying hens now as all ours are old. We exported 28 chickens from England 7 years ago, lost another last night so are down to just 5- 4 Wyandottes that are 10 and still giving us the occasional egg and one TNN who is 8 and looks like she'l...
by chrismahon
Mon May 20, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Coop maintenance long overdue
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Re: Coop maintenance long overdue

We're in Gasconny Tiny_Tam, or more precisely in the South Central part of the Gers, which is in the far Southwest of France. Yes you are right about the climate varying considerably across the country. Step outside this just tiny area and you will notice increases in wind and rain/thunderstorms. Ju...
by chrismahon
Mon May 20, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Coop maintenance long overdue
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Re: Coop maintenance long overdue

The climate came as a shock when we got here Hen-Gen, as we'd only been to France in Autumn. If you keep coops entirely in shade the cladding wouldn't be a problem, but that needs a lot of big trees. What happens otherwise is the wood gets wet, the sunlight hits the surface and dries it causing the ...
by chrismahon
Sat May 18, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Coop maintenance long overdue
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Coop maintenance long overdue

We've been in France 7 years now and the only things I have done are replacing pop-hole pull cords and fitting clear acrylic sliding vent covers to the North side, instead of plywood, which is the one usually fully closed. The climate here means coops take a real bashing and realistically tongue-and...
by chrismahon
Sun May 12, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Jeans
Replies: 17
Views: 2506

Re: Jeans

Asda- £6 a pair last time I bought some. Survive about a year (bit longer if you patch them), so good value, unlike their work socks which disintegrate within a few washes. Still have 4 pairs left so it will be a while before I have to buy French. There is a Company started making recycled jeans her...
by chrismahon
Sun May 05, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Weather
Replies: 88
Views: 10703

Re: Weather

According to the lunchtime news the previous coldest May in Gers record, set in 1997, was beaten today down from 0.5C to a new lowest of 0.3C and that could be beaten again tomorrow they say. Remember being told sunflower growers don't sow seeds until May because that's when there is no risk of fros...
by chrismahon
Sun May 05, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Weather
Replies: 88
Views: 10703

Re: Weather

We had a frost here this morning! Fortunately the forecast had said 2C and experience here meant we expected -2C in the garden. All is in and growing, which needed every piece of fleece we had to cover them and we did indeed have a frost. The fleeces will be staying in place today as another frost i...
by chrismahon
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: To hatch or not to hatch...
Replies: 8
Views: 1037

Re: To hatch or not to hatch...

Putting chicks under a broody hen is the standard way of rearing here Marigold, as broodies can be unreliable hatchers but make good rearers. As we know rearing is the most work, especially in the first few weeks. We've had a broody eat her chicks as they hatch, not unusual, but it is perfectly norm...
by chrismahon
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: barely conscious hen
Replies: 14
Views: 1108

Re: barely conscious hen

Our vet said the lethal dose of anaesthetic injection was very painful because of the quantity necessary. In the case of 6Kg Basil he had a small general anaesthetic injection, which to the amazement of the vet took about 5 minutes to work. She wasn't convinced he was completely unconscious so he th...
by chrismahon
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: A new house
Replies: 18
Views: 1760

Re: A new house

Just read this post and it's a good point about them using the coop to launch over the fencing- I hadn't thought about that Tweetypie. We're STILL in the process of building a proper enclosure. Have put 150m2 of grass down to replace weeds, cut back bushes, marked out and measured the area (232m2 us...

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