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    Egg bound hens?

    We’re not sure part of the reason I let them out so much into the main garden is to make sure they don’t get bored and start feather pecking as a result. they seem quite happy otherwise. If it was just the back of their heads and bellies I’d be tempted to agree but the fact it’s the front of...
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    Egg bound hens?

    We feed them a mixture of layers pellet and corn. They are allowed to come and go from their coup to their pen as they please day and night. Although they only seem to demonstrate the rituals of wanting to lay in the morning. Although during this period of Lockdown whilst I have been working...
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    Egg bound hens?

    Hi everyone I’ve posted on here before but not for sometime. A few months ago two of our hens suffered with scaly leg mite. I’m pleased to say after some treatment it has cleared up (from what we can gather). The problem we now have is two of our hens are a) are unable to lay but both go through...
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    Bullied Duck

    Good news, Went to the vets today apparently Niki doesn't have bumble foot as previously suggested by a neighbour who has some hens and ducks himself. However the vet very confidently diagnosed her with arthritis and suggested some glucosamine and turmeric medication we could give her. She...
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    Bullied Duck

    Wow what an amazing amount of info. In England we call someone a legend for providing all that knowledge. Definitely will make an effort to take a photo this weekend (unless we all freeze) and take her to the vets to see what they think. There is also a possibility we might acquire a male duck...
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    Bullied Duck

    hhhmm I do fear it might be quite far along 1st of all we got fobbed of by the bloke who sold them to us making out it was nothing more than a bruise. Then the 1st vet didn't want to do anything but never mentioned that we could treat her with Epsom salts etc quite annoyed by that. In recent...
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    Bullied Duck

    Yeah pretty good had a couple of hours at the weekend in the garden to do needed repairs to the girls run, dug over the ground for worms so the girls could forage for, gave the neighbour a load of chicken crap and cleared out the shed. Ended up doing everything in allotted babysitting time...
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    Bullied Duck

    Ha ha well posting a picture shouldn't be too much of a problem but we're in England so you'll have to wait until tomorrow cause it's dark now and all the girls have gone to bed. Must admit after a bit of a chat with wifey she's happy to buy a drake to start off with. Unfortunately we already...
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    Bullied Duck

    Hi Miss Lydia, Thanks for taking the time to reply my first thought being how to convince the wife that we need to buy not 1 but 2 new ducks LOL!!! I would like to have Niki's bumble foot removed but as I say our vet of choice is reluctant to perform the operation but I guess we might have...
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    Bullied Duck

    Hi guys, I have been referred to you from the general forum. Firstly I have to this to say this is a wonderful forum I have never known so many welcome comments. Secondly please take the time to read and answer the following question. It's been a while since I made a post but my wife and I...
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    Bullied duck

    Hi everyone, It's been a while since I made a post but my wife and I bought our chickens and ducks last year and on the whole everything is going well and we have had some egg production from everybody!!! The problem we have is this: We bought 2 ducks Miki a black Swedish and Niki an Appleyard...
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    Layers pellets

    Thank you everyone for your answers much appreciated
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    Layers pellets

    Hi all, My wife and I are new to chicken rearing and this website. We hope to acquire a brace of chickens and ducks within the next few weeks. The pen we have is well built and predator proof. However we have noticed that the holes of the wire are large enough to let small birds through...
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