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Nesting in style

Post by rick » Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:45 pm

Just come back from a few days near Rhayader in Wales. We didn't manage to see the Red Kite feeding (bad timing) but were very impressed by the local nesting facilities!
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Re: Nesting in style

Post by Marigold » Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:36 pm

Lovely!
You'd better not show that to your flock, or they'll be wanting some bales and a barn!
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Post by rick » Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:49 pm

They had a huge bell style food hopper (huge!) Don't know how full it was but clearly supplemented that mostly by foraging over half an acre (no half a hectare) at least. Mine would defiantly go on strike with that information! The cockerel would have been magnificent if he hadn't been roughed up by several holidaying dogs - Linden is moulting at the moment but this king of the flock needed a bit more tail bless him. Oh but the freedom!
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Post by Hen-Gen » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:16 am

Hope the chicks like skydiving!
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Post by Tweetypie » Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:41 pm

WOW that's amazing. Imagine they were all laying in there... looking for an egg in a haystack!
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Re: Nesting in style

Post by bigjim » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:48 pm

https://ibb.co/nKPNcp
One of my growers found its own place to roost last night.
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Re: Nesting in style

Post by Marigold » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:22 am

Not the brightest bird in the flock!
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Post by MrsBiscuit » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:49 am

:shock: :D

All this flying about is a new one on me, I don't think I ever saw an orpington go higher than scrambling over an electric netting fence, and once one sat on a bench!
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Re: Nesting in style

Post by Marigold » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:24 am

My 5 are still roosting on the high "leghorn' perch at night. It's well under the cover of the roof and has been very good in the hot weather, but I'm interested to see what happens when it gets really windy and wet. I can understand the two leghorns liking it, and even the little columbine who is part-leghorn I expect, but the other two are different sorts of Marans crosses and quite heavy by comparison. One of the leghorns is a very bossy top hen so I expect that, when she says "Come on girls, you can do it!' they all make the effort.
At least I don't have to bend down, remove the door and and get inside the coop to clean it up, it all falls in a neat line underneath.
Well, it would be neater if they all faced the same way overnight.
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Re: Nesting in style

Post by rick » Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:07 pm

bigjim wrote:
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:48 pm
https://ibb.co/nKPNcp
One of my growers found its own place to roost last night.
Not exactly restful wobbling around in the breeze all night!
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