Chicken keepers of the world unite

Well there's a thread for puppies......

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16/05/2011 at 22:08

I've just bought an eglu and 3 lovely chickens.  I know there are other chicken keepers out there so come and share your pics and any advice you might have for a new chicken lady. 

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/223573/Gallery/rwchicks2.jpg

Here is Brenda, Mavis and Amy on arrival on Saturday.  They are starting to settle down nicely and will be let out of the pen in a couple of days.

16/05/2011 at 22:17

I don't know anything about keeping chickens, but I've just learnt the word eglu! 

Edited: 16/05/2011 at 22:18
16/05/2011 at 22:24
You can learnt a lot from these forums, PP
16/05/2011 at 22:31

My eyes have been truly opened to the accessories available for garden/outdoor animal accommodation. Check this out, you can convert your guinea pig run to a rabbit run with this guinea pig run to rabbit run converter.  Ace!  How does one go about breaking the news to a guinea pig that it's being upgraded to a rabbit?

Back to chickens (sorry SD  ) - hasn't Dark Vader brought a few birds back to health?

16/05/2011 at 22:36
PhilPub wrote (see)

My eyes have been truly opened to the accessories available for garden/outdoor animal accommodation. Check this out, you can convert your guinea pig run to a rabbit run with this guinea pig run to rabbit run converter.  Ace!  How does one go about breaking the news to a guinea pig that it's being upgraded to a rabbit


LOL PP!!  
yeo
16/05/2011 at 22:58

What a cool site, PP, I wany a duck eglu.

Only I haven't got a duck. Or indeed a pond. In fact I live in a flat. Without a balcony.

Maybe I haven't thought this through properly.

Nam
16/05/2011 at 23:17
yeo wrote (see)

What a cool site, PP, I wany a duck eglu.

Only I haven't got a duck. Or indeed a pond. In fact I live in a flat. Without a balcony.

Maybe I haven't thought this through properly.



http://www.duckplanet.com/images/large/YokoAokiDuckAndBath.jpg


???

As you were....

17/05/2011 at 05:52
Eglus are amazing. I've had green, pink and orange rabbit Eglus in the past (lots of rabbits and guineas), then a blue one for 2 chicks...now I've got a Cube (from same company, but bigger house!) and 5 chickens. Too many!! They get noisy when hungry and we can't keep up with the egg production. Other than that, they're great pets.

Are you excited about your first little eggies, Soup Dragon? I almost kept mine out of maternal pride!
17/05/2011 at 09:27
Pipes wrote (see)
They get noisy when hungry and we can't keep up with the egg production.


Maybe you can sound-insulate your eglu with egg boxes.

Morning!

17/05/2011 at 09:30
hmmm - I like chicken.....

where do you live SP?
17/05/2011 at 11:05

*Lurks*

Dark Vader    pirate
17/05/2011 at 15:14

I have chickens.. these are ex-battery farm hens..   

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/98627/Gallery/IMG_1255.JPG

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/98627/Gallery/IMG_1248.JPG

17/05/2011 at 18:46
Oh fab chickens Dark.  Good for you for rescuing battery hens.    You've got lots of room for them to run around in too.  I'm a bit worried about the number of urban foxes we've got so won't let them out unless we are in the garden with them. Hope they don't get bored cos the run that came with the eglu isn't that big.
Dark Vader    pirate
17/05/2011 at 19:51
http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/98627/Gallery/IMG_9767_0.JPG



 

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/98627/Gallery/IMG_9771_0.JPG

These are the same chickens..  photos taken last November...  it took a couple of months for them to become fully feathered again..   we have a fox problem too.  Have lost several chickens due to foxes but we try to take as much case as we can.   The coop is within a covered enclosure that has mesh fencing dug into the ground and wood/concrete perimeter.  We've never had a fiox get inside.    The kills have always been when they are running around the garden.     We have a dog now and haven't lost a chicken since.  Maybe the presence of the dog scares the foxes off..?  

Our chickens all lay eggs..  most lay every day, a couple lay once every two days.    We give most of the eggs away.   They are very pets and when its time to put them back into the enclosure they follow me like the pied piper!

They eat most of the food scraps from dinner.  I buy layers mash and mixed corn as their regular feeds.   Its great to see them make dust bowls in the garden and sit there sunbathing....!

17/05/2011 at 20:19

Aww - poor things!!!  They look a lot happier now!   Mine are still a bit nervous of me but I'm feeding them tit bits in the afternoon by hand so hopefully they will soon get used to me.  I could watch them for hours.

17/05/2011 at 20:38


Okay, found my favourite thread.

I have 4 lovely chickens and a purple eglu. I can't put the pics up, I click on image and nothing. What am I doing wrong?
17/05/2011 at 21:32

hope to......Click on image, select "my computer" tab and then browse.  You might have to re-size it but should be okay. 

17/05/2011 at 22:24

Mine aren't allowed in the garden...

I would show you how much attention they take of that, but I don't know how to make my pictures small enough to upload.

17/05/2011 at 22:28

Johnny - I edit my photos on Microsoft picture manage and click the compress option for web pages near the bottom of the edit menu.  don't know if its the best or only way but it seems to work.

17/05/2011 at 22:58
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1605246017767.79293.1434634668&l=5d65fed3af


Okay that's the best I can do is a link to my album on FB.

The chickens now have a fenced off area extending out from their run, so they can bask in the earth! We have a fox coming to visit, so whilst there is no way it can get into the run (do not shut the eglu door at night), and it is sat on slabs, they are fair game whilst out, so will make it into an electric fence. Which will surprise the dog if he wee's up it!

Love the chooks, and love the eggs.

Great thread, and lovely photos so far, keep them coming.
Edited: 17/05/2011 at 23:04
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