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by rick
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 57
Views: 718

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Yes, its a classic mistake. When I got my first 3 hens it was with a small wooden coop and run sold as good for 3 hens. It was tiny - barely 2 meters of run space and quickly turned into a series of Heath Robinson extensions to get up to 6 sqm before eventually binning the whole ramshackle lot and b...
by rick
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 57
Views: 718

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Just to clarify, because it is sometimes confusing -
Do you mean 4 x 4 meters = 16 sq metres
or 2 x 2 metres = 4 square metres?
by rick
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 57
Views: 718

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

The Bluebelle, (Margo) is being an absolute swine to the Speckledy (Mondi) this bedtime! Chasing her, pecking her, jumping on her... They were all trying to jump up on the roof of the coop, so I read that as they wanted to go in, so I put them all in the house tonight. They will sort it out given t...
by rick
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 57
Views: 718

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Mine are just making their way up to the perch (Mo turned in first tonight.) Its sweet how they are so dutiful about going to bed :) If yours seem in doubt about where to go you can encourage them to the right place with a wind up touch in the coop - they will follow the light which then slowly dims...
by rick
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 57
Views: 718

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Fantastic! Lovely! You may need to show them where the roost is first night but they will put themselves to bed (otherwise) at exactly the same light level every night. There may be (will be!) some squabbles as they sort out their roosting arrangements but as the light level keeps dropping they have...
by rick
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Osprey return
Replies: 121
Views: 7307

Re: Osprey return

Supper time! Don't know what that fish is but it looks very tasty!
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by rick
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 57
Views: 718

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

I know a happy hen when I see one but I don't think Ive quite seen one smile like that before!
by rick
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Quail Forum
Topic: pickling egg problems please advise
Replies: 7
Views: 163

Re: pickling egg problems please advise

Hi Dye, Great to hear that you and the quail are doing well. Its been a long time since i last had a pickled egg but, if I remember rightly, the ones from the chip shop always had grayish yokes (yours will be infinity better than a chip shop egg I know.) I would suppose that once the vinegar acidity...
by rick
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 57
Views: 718

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Brown super hybrids, like Tweetiepie's, bowled me over. Good natured (amongst themselves at least) friendly, funny, full of character. Love them to bits. A more prone to hens problems and so mostly not so long lived but then that kind of comes with chicken keeping with all to some extent. Other hybr...
by rick
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house
Replies: 57
Views: 770

Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Its really starting to sound like the farmer has been busy in the fields, or maybe just the winds, and a whole bunch of stuff has been blowing in. Springtails in clouds for one but also everything else thats living out there (maybe mites too.) If it was me I'd give the house a good vac all over with...

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