Good morning folks .. Wow, lots of posts to catch up on.
First up and most importantly, thank you all so very much for your kind words and support on the coop build.
After only one night in the coop, last night they had to put themselves to bed without mum to check that all was OK as we were at the football watching North Melbourne defeat Brisbane at the Gabba
Anyways, I got home to find 5 girls on the roost and Blondie in the nest box .. not bad for only their second night. I also found a KiKi egg in one of the three nest boxes so looks like they have worked out the new accommodation without drama.
Not having a human door yet is a bit tricky because I have to move the makeshift barricade and I am hoping that while I do the housework and grocery shopping today, hubby works on the door. Having said that, it has been a pretty full on couple of weeks so I am not going to push, just hope
mooandmcgee great news on Carla’s recovery and so lovely to see her back with her friends.
LuckysMum Because I take the food away every night and replace it in the morning, I do not have a ‘feeder’ and instead use two plastic, rectangular dishes, one for seed and one for whatever the treat of the day is; lettuce, tomato, leftovers etc. The two dishes sit nicely in a cat litter tray. They do not jump on the dishes and just walk up to them and peck and any seed that does get knocked out by their beaks drops into the litter tray.
I have two girls who lay long and/or pointy eggs and they have done since they started laying; I agree with Anniebee that I do not think it is a problem:
Fizzybelle I am sorry that Iris turned out to be a boy and that you had to part with him KiKi is still causing some grief with her particularly loud voice and many times now I have verbalised that “she has to go” but I am still trying to work with her because I know how hard it will be to let her go.
Congratulations on your new girl! She is very pretty. Some old fashioned name suggestions from me are, Minnie, Ethel or Martha.
Fancy I am so very sorry to read of you Goshawk troubles and loss of a chick
MyHaven Honey is beautiful! I am sorry that PoL turned out to be PoC [crow] with your D’uccle
Anniebee yeah, if Council ever hear KiKi, I am sure they would not believe she was a hen unless they saw her lay an egg
Good to hear that you solved the speckled egg dilemma and yep, very strange.
Clothes pegs are a favourite in this house also .. they were used to help hold down the rain covers on the old run, they seal the cat biscuit packets, flour packets in the cupboard etc etc etc ……..
Just a tip, on the 20kg feed bag, which I keep inside in the laundry cupboard, I use a large bulldog clip, works a treat.
VK2HSV Welcome to BYC and the thread, lovely to meet you and I look forward to hearing about you and your flock
Edited by Teila - 4/2/16 at 2:25pm