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  1. My Pretty Pekins

    Moving the dovecote...?

    Here as promised are 2 pictures:
  2. My Pretty Pekins

    Moving the dovecote...?

    I have garden fantails. The parents seem to do between 3-4 hour stints during the day, with the female sleeping on the eggs at night. I'll see, tomorrow, if I can find a picture for you, too! Also, thank goodness they're now all on the cote. They've found it but I am not sure if the eggs are...
  3. My Pretty Pekins

    Moving the dovecote...?

    Thanks for the reply anyway. Thankfully the father seems to have realised and is currently on them. I don't know whether or not they're lost... just hoping. One of the other fathers has just taken over from one of the mothers that was sitting - obviously they know where their cote has gone.
  4. My Pretty Pekins

    Moving the dovecote...?

    Yesterday, after much thought and careful planning, we moved my dovecote approximately 13 metres to a more sheltered spot. I currently have 8 doves. Of this I have 3 pairs. All of these three have recently built nests and are sitting on eggs. So as you can tell, it was something that we had to...
  5. My Pretty Pekins

    Advice on beginning breeding chickens, please!

    I'm sorry to confuse you. With the sort I was proposing, I've actually used one before and got on fine, so I hope it'll be the same with this.
  6. My Pretty Pekins

    Advice on beginning breeding chickens, please!

    Sorry, I think I have confused you... It's similar to this, but it's manual, not automatic. Only small. Would this work? Or should I go with something else?
  7. My Pretty Pekins

    Advice on beginning breeding chickens, please!

    I do have a (fairly vague as yet) plan for the coop. For us, unless the chicks have been raised by a broody, we'd have to be indoors for the first few weeks. We keep a small brooder for that, generally it fits up to about 18-20 chicks. However, we also do have a small outdoor coop, which has a...
  8. My Pretty Pekins

    Advice on beginning breeding chickens, please!

    Thanks for the tips. I've noticed many plans on here I could try. Thanks!
  9. My Pretty Pekins

    Brand New Here

    Welcome! Best of luck for your new flock!
  10. My Pretty Pekins

    Advice on beginning breeding chickens, please!

    Okay, thanks for the advice. So what would be (a) good space (b) easy clean?
  11. My Pretty Pekins

    Advice on beginning breeding chickens, please!

    I mean that with the Eglu, I could literally take it to pieces and hose it down, and it would not take hours.
  12. My Pretty Pekins

    Keep a word, drop a word!

    Gorgeous chickens
  13. My Pretty Pekins

    Advice on beginning breeding chickens, please!

    But wouldn't that make cleaning for mites much more difficult?
  14. My Pretty Pekins

    Advice on beginning breeding chickens, please!

    As mentioned earlier, I am considering the Omlet Eglu Cube. What sort of modifications would a garden shed need? Also - I see your point about the colour. I would probably do black or cuckoo for starters.
  15. My Pretty Pekins

    Advice on beginning breeding chickens, please!

    Yes - okay. There's quite a demand for Pekins in my area, actually. With the coop - would an Omlet Eglu Cube be okay? Do you think?
  16. My Pretty Pekins

    Advice on beginning breeding chickens, please!

    I only have a couple more questions unanswered now. What is the best and most painless (for me and the chicken) way to cull if there are serious defects? What sort of coop should I buy? It MUST be easy-to-clean and have room for at least 12 bantams Does anyone have any advice on the 'different...
  17. My Pretty Pekins

    Advice on beginning breeding chickens, please!

    Thank you for this advice!
  18. My Pretty Pekins

    Flock/Life Journey's 2019

    Hey, cool that you're getting an Eglu! Would you let me know how you get on with it? Thank you so much!
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