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Category: The Chickens

An ongoing story following our three Hens, Zazu, Starlight and Belle. We have had them since they were three weeks old.

Merging the flock update

Merging the flock update

I’ve been working on merging the flock. On one side we have the original flock of three hybrids, Belle, Star and Zazu. On the other side we have the smaller guys, Snowy the Silkie who was with the three big guys for a while last year, and then the newer guys, Poppy the Silkie and Polo the Polish. The big guys pick on the little Silkie guys but aren’t fussed about Polo the Polish. I wonder what it is about…

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First 2019 post

First 2019 post

First 2019 post – oops! I’m going to try and cover a couple of months worth of stuff very briefly. Eggs We’re getting quite a few eggs but not as much as in summer where they were all laying every day.  Polo laid her first egg (bottom left in the pic below) which was quite small and then seemed to lay a few in succession but has slowed down again now. Bedtime antics & merging the two flocks Every night…

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Broody

Broody

Unfortunately we’re not spending much time with the hens at the moment. It’s dark when we leave in the morning and dark when we get home. Poppy went broody a few weeks ago which was shortly followed by Snowy going broody too. So the two of them are spending most of their time sat in the Eglu at the moment unless I turf them out. They’re not sat on any eggs as they’ve stopped laying and Polo is yet to…

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Lagging behind again

Lagging behind again

This is a super quick post, an attempt to get up to date! The Tylan did the trick and cleared up the illness in Polo, Poppy and Snowy.  We currently have the two separate flocks in their respective runs.  The small guys still have the Eglu Go coop, which I now dislike after the red mite drama.  It has way too many hiding places and I can confirm red mites DO reside in plastic coops.  The Nettex Total Mite Kill…

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And… breath

And… breath

This is just a quick update – I’m conscious the blog has fell behind yet again. We have had a nightmare. First we found the red mites in the Eglu coop where Snowy, Poppy and Polo live.  Presuming they came with Poppy and Polo.  We got them under control with the help of Permethrin products. A couple of days after my last post, so about two weeks ago now, I noticed that Polo was very lethargic, had gunky eyes and…

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