Well there's a thread for puppies......
Well, I don't have microsoft picture editor. I've tried the camera software and I think I've got the image small enough.I don't know why the text moved! Thanks for the help.
Thanks Hope. Yes we are in a village with several other chickens around the village. The boys enjoy calling to each other. I don't tend to notice too much, but father - in - law said that the cock started at 4.30 and crowed over 100 times before he lost count! Your girls look like they have a pretty luxurious life!
We have a fox problem too, but having two labradors free in the garden means that we have only lost one hen to foxes in seven years.
The advantage of having a cockerel.
Those chicks are so cute.
And thats a mighty fine chicken house you've got there hope to. Does anyone else use the standard run that comes with the eglu? I hope my ladies will be okay in there when we are out.
Did any of you have a red mite problem last summer..? We had a bad infestation and I had to totally dismantle the coop, hose it down twice and spray every teeny weeny part of it with red mite spray.. they are nasty little things...
Lovely cute little chicks.. but, does having a cockeral mean you can't eat any eggs..? How does that work..?
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I've never really got my head round the whole chicken and egg thing full stop. If you feed them corn, how do they produce enough protein to lay eggs every single day?!
<hangs around to learn more about chickens and stuff>
Dark Vader - the red mite situation wasn't too bad, but there again, we had a cool summer.
And having a cockerel doesn't affect the eating quality of the eggs, the embryo only develops if the egg is incubated. If you keep the egg cool (not in the fridge) it is still fine to eat after four or five weeks, whereas an incubated egg hatches in 21 days.
PhilPub - I actually feed layers pellets, most blends contain soya. Corn does contain protein, of course, it is whole grain. Chickens aren't herbivores - given the chance they will feast on worms, beetles, mice etc. Mine free range so I'm sure that a lot of their protein is caught this way.
Evening all. Chickens were let out of the pen for a roam round the garden for the first time today. Well 2 of them did but one still too nervous. The white one didn't want to go back and hopped onto Mr Soup's knee and started to settle down for the night on his lap! Wasn't happy at all to go back behind bars.
Still no eggs.
Not from Omlet hope, from a chicken farm near Guilford. They were very helpful and clipped the wings and everything. All 3 are now happily pecking round the garden. I'll take some better photos over the weekend. Can't believe how restful they are to have around - but the flowers and getting eaten.
I'll have to work on uploading pictures We have 5 hens and 1 cockerel, in a covered in run we call Cluckingham Palace. They have an Eglu Cube, but the run gives them lots of freedom and they are protected from foxes - we've lost two lots in the past, one in winter, one in summer, each time during the day.
They are allowed out of the run when we are in the garden, but don't seem very inclined to wander far, although they do like grubbing about in the orchard for bugs. They love this time of year, as they get the corpses of the mice the cats kill, which they can't eat them fast enough! They somehow manage to eat them whole.
Cluckingham Palace - love it! Ours only go in the garden when we are around and its not big enough to fence off anything so we'll just put up with a trashed garden. They've been going mad chasing midges the last couple of days. We had a neighbour from across the fence come running round to us last night to warn us about a fox in her garden - she was so worried, bless. They've become very popular.
Got our first egg today. Only one, so we are waiting for another so we can both indulge in a poached egg delight together.
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