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by bigyetiman
Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Some People
Replies: 8
Views: 110

Re: Some People

They were old feeders which we had to exchange for squirrel proof ones when squirrels started coming a calling. They were just hooked on tree branches for ease of taking down and filling. 100 + House Sparrows have been counted in the trees and hedge, 16 Yellowhammer, 12 Chaffinch Reed Buntings, Bram...
by bigyetiman
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Some People
Replies: 8
Views: 110

Some People

OH and the farmer who owns the field opposite us, have half a dozen feeders along the hedge on the field side. They get filled every evening, the farmer provides the seed and OH fills them his actual farm is up the next lane. They got filled last night, OH goes out to fill them about 4.30 this eveni...
by bigyetiman
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Lost a hen
Replies: 10
Views: 172

Re: Lost a hen

That's awful Lady A. Just shows how quick it can happen. We have had the frantic hunt for a hen in the garden scenario, luckily for us they have just been well hidden under something having a dust bath, or on one occasion gone in to lay a late egg. came strolling out with a "what is your problem" lo...
by bigyetiman
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Negleted chickens, or am i being to soft?
Replies: 13
Views: 261

Re: Negleted chickens, or am i being to soft?

Couldn't have put it better Mrs Biscuit. I agree you definitely need more than one drinker, always handy to have a few spares of feeders and drinkers, any malfunctions always happen when the local supplier is closed. It can be useful to raise the drinker just putting on bricks helps keep mud out whe...
by bigyetiman
Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Have you all been blown away?
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: Have you all been blown away?

Fox definitely needs your knitting skills Marigold. Sorry about the boards Diane and the gate. We were just talking of foxes, strangely, on hearing the news that Derek Fowlds had passed away. Remember him as Mr Derek with Basil Brush from our childhood. Brilliant in Yes Minister also. Remember the C...
by bigyetiman
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Negleted chickens, or am i being to soft?
Replies: 13
Views: 261

Re: Negleted chickens, or am i being to soft?

As you have experience of other animals, I think you instinctively know when there is a problem and worry. The flock look ok from the pictures. obviously the older hens won't lay as well, they are most productive the first 18 months. The coop sounds pretty dire and if the smell of ammonia is hitting...
by bigyetiman
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Welcome and Forum Rules
Topic: Hello there!
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Re: Hello there!

Hi, and welcome, you have come to the right place, everyone is very helpful on here and we love to chat.
by bigyetiman
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Have you all been blown away?
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: Have you all been blown away?

Well we survived 2 days with having 50mph gusts, Monday afternoon wasn't too bad as it only lasted a couple of hours, Wednesday it started late afternoon and went onto 6am. At least it waited until hens were all tucked up safely. Then as wind stopped the heavy rain started for about 5 hours. Just gr...
by bigyetiman
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Feeders
Replies: 9
Views: 168

Re: Feeders

Looks very high tech, hope it does the trick. will be interested to see the results once you have it up and running.
by bigyetiman
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Bluebell in winter?
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Bluebell in winter?

What a lovely garden, very well planted out. Miss Muffat looks very nice out there, and she knows it :D

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