Originally Posted by Rudies Roost
Hiyah all! It's been a while since I've been on the thread....notifications not coming through as usual. I have been a lucky girly and have been in Switzerland for 2 weeks (went just after Xmas). Missed my chucks & ducks terribly but they were well cared for by my lovely neighbour (she also has chickens and I look after hers when she is away, its a good arrangement we have).
Ooops....didn't know about the extended restrictions. Mine have been happily free ranging since the 6th January. They're not in too bad a predicament on lockdown as they were locked in a huge pen (20m long x 8m wide) which is attached to their coop with fine grade netting all over it. Also, their food is in a treadle feeder which the wild birds can't access anyway. Only change i really made was to put the water in the coop...much to my ducks delight....little b's have been making a right mess!
Well, guess I must lock them back in there, they will not be amused. Big freezes due from Thursday. Frozen hosepipes are the bain of my life! It drives me mad dragging jug fulls of water to fill the duck pond and waterers.
@Yorkshirecoop and @rebrascora I hope you are now both revovered from your holiday illnesses? Did you get out on the hunt in the end? V. jealous if you did-I do miss those Boxing Day meets
Belated Happy New Year all and welcome to all the new thread subscribers.
Long time no see stranger
Sounds like you have had a fab time
Yes I'm fully recovered now thank you but it was all self inflicted so I can't complain
I'm back to being T total again and feel better for it.
I didn't go hunting but a few from the yard did on New Year's Day and they had a fab time. Even the quietist pony on the yard who used to do RDA groups was on a mission and thoroughly enjoyed himself out in the field. My friend said if she had known he was going to be like that she would have put something stronger in his mouth as she had trouble with the brakes!
Originally Posted by Gge23
Thank you all for the good wishes and support! I am starting to feel a bit better about it all, have been very fed up the last few days.
I am starting to think about cracking out the incubator again and trying to hatch some more. Last years hatchlings have started laying and they're such small eggs it's adorable! The one cockerel left out of my Scots Grey hatchlings has finally started crowing, but he scares himself (and the rest of the flock) silly when he does it! He flaps his wings and almost looks like he's having some sort of fit, though I'm sure he will come to terms with his new found voice soon enough. Bruce, who is the father of the rest of last years chicks, doesn't seem to happy with another cockerel around, but he isn't beating him up either, so at least that's a good thing. I am now left with the decision whether to keep Bruce and get rid of the other cockerel, or keep the little one and get rid of Bruce. I can't keep two around, I'll have far too many chicks!
Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better
Hard decisions to make on who to keep but I'm sure you will make the right one.
Originally Posted by timon
Hi. Welcome to all the new people & Happy new year everyone.
It really is sad when girls and boys are ill, but it sounds like everyone does try to keep them in the best health.
I had a fox attack at the weekend, and my rooster, who I thought was a wimp, must've taken it upon himself to stand up to it & protect his girls. Sadly the poor guy was dragged off into the night, and the girls are being brave without him.
Sorry to hear about the fox attack but it does sound like your guy did a good job of protecting his girls. Have you secured things more now? It will be back for the girls now it knows they are they.
Originally Posted by timon
So I realise foxes are only doing what's natural, but it's very sad. I'm sorry about Rudy x2...
My 5-yr old took it pretty rough - her favourite girl 'Mrs Brown' who always came up to and said hello to everyone also died. Postman, builders, amazon delivery guy - everyone loved her. I'm hoping one of the girls I have left will turn broody and I can slip some eggs under. Baby chicks would be very cute and might help her bond with another. Is broodiness a completely natural process, or can it be encouraged?
It is in general a natural thing but you may be able to encourage it with the right breed of bird ~ http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/encouraging-or-discouraging-broodiness-in-your-hens
Originally Posted by RascalAndJemima
Oh these fox stories are terrible - my worst nightmare! Did they come in the day or night and did they get into a pen?
They will come day or night and chew their way in if they have to. I lost all mine to a fox once, it killed all 6 of my birds. Took 5 and left Amy dead on the decking for me to find. It got through our 6 foot perimeter fence, through the run and into the coop to get them. Some was my own fault as I didn't shut the pop door but I thought the run was secure. After that security was ramped up. It came back for three nights following looking for more birds but all it found was my other half with his gun so that was the end of it.
Originally Posted by GGBEAR
That's how I lost my first lot of chickens all 5 of them in may killed them all and took the 3small ones and left the 2 biggest minus their heads☹
Hate the dam things
Me too, hate them. They are out of control and there are more about than you think. Charlie and his dad were out foxing the other night and saw three of them in the space of two hours.