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scrw.

2,299 posts

157 months

Wednesday 25th November 2020
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Poor buggers, how long before feathers are back?

Hereward

2,970 posts

197 months

Saturday 28th November 2020
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I think it's about a month or so for the new quills/feathers.

In the meantime they need to wear their coats!


crofty1984

15,220 posts

171 months

Saturday 28th November 2020
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This is Schrodinger. Everybody needs a workshop chicken.


Yellow and her first egg!


We've got 5. 3 hens, Yellow, Shrodinger and Brutus and 2 cocks, Aloe and Penguin.

Tyre Smoke

17,839 posts

228 months

Saturday 28th November 2020
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Do you find it difficult to keep your nails so well manicured Crofty? hehe

the cueball

635 posts

22 months

Saturday 28th November 2020
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Egg production has now started...

They taste great!


crofty1984

15,220 posts

171 months

Saturday 28th November 2020
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Tyre Smoke said:
Do you find it difficult to keep your nails so well manicured Crofty? hehe
That's what the grinder in the first pic is for :-p

Mr Roper

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12,027 posts

161 months

Monday 4th January
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3 more added to our little clan....


Bear-n

981 posts

49 months

Monday 4th January
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Great thread. I'm not a particularly aspirational man, and I like my house, but I would love my next move to be a house with a big enough/suitable garden for chickens and whatnot.

Missus thinks I should move in with her. I hope she doesn't read PH.

scrw.

2,299 posts

157 months

Thursday 7th January
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Clarissa laid an ostrich egg the other day, the one on the left is bigger than a large egg from the shops, the other one is silly huge...

2021-01-07_03-18-57 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

2021-01-07_03-24-37 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

Tyre Smoke

17,839 posts

228 months

Friday 8th January
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Double yolkers.

Great byproduct of layers mash.

scrw.

2,299 posts

157 months

Friday 12th February
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Does everyone shut up their chucks in an evening? Ours have free run of a roofed pen and sleep in thier nestbox, so out of the worst of the ellements, but wonder if they will get too cold?

2021-02-12_09-09-50 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

Evoluzione

6,291 posts

210 months

Friday 12th February
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scrw. said:
Does everyone shut up their chucks in an evening? Ours have free run of a roofed pen and sleep in their nestbox, so out of the worst of the elements, but wonder if they will get too cold?
Doesn't it also depend on foxes?

scrw.

2,299 posts

157 months

Friday 12th February
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Evoluzione said:
Doesn't it also depend on foxes?
Pen wire is fox proof (dangerous thing to say i know) & not an issue in our village

A993LAD

1,029 posts

188 months

Friday 12th February
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Pekin bantams. Loads of em. Free range in the garden. Produce loads of eggs and chicks in the summer.

Tyre Smoke

17,839 posts

228 months

Saturday 13th February
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Presumably not free range at the moment?

Have to be kept under lock and key for the foreseeable.

A993LAD

1,029 posts

188 months

Saturday 13th February
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Tyre Smoke said:
Presumably not free range at the moment?

Have to be kept under lock and key for the foreseeable.
Not really. can't see the point in it

scrw.

2,299 posts

157 months

Wednesday 10th March
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Photos for son's homework...

Nigella
20210307_170708 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

Clarissa
20210307_170619 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

Jennifer
20210307_170527 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

Mr Roper

Original Poster:

12,027 posts

161 months

Monday 22nd March
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Very happy to read that the restrictions are being lifted on the 31st. Freedom at last.
smile


crofty1984

15,220 posts

171 months

Wednesday 7th April
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Mr Roper said:
Very happy to read that the restrictions are being lifted on the 31st. Freedom at last.
smile
Oh God, such a relief. Though we've nearly finished their permanent, biggerer pen now. Spent bank holiday weekend chopping my old 6x8 shed in half to make a 6x4 and now they have a nice new home. insulated with double walls. New nestboxes, perch, decent sized run. We're down to 4 now, one of the cocks now lives at the inlaws. Penguin is pretty quiet, even when he does crow (probably because he was born a bit wonky) but Aloe was getting loud and crowing early and annoying the neighbours. I doubt they noticed as there's a loud non-wonky cockrel a couple of doors down, but there's nothing I can do about that.

Evoluzione

6,291 posts

210 months

Monday 19th April
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We've been trying to buy a new home for about a year now, until we do no chickens for me. We have foxes where we are now and I have enough on my plate right now without another group of beings to look out for. If we do ever get the new place I think i'll get some rescue chickens.
Anyhow until then I've been doing the research by starting to read 'The Haynes Chicken manual', It starts by reflecting on chicken ownership over the years, as back in the day most families kept a few.
A couple of fun (maybe sad?) chicken facts for you:

In 1945 less than 1% of laying hens were caged, in 1986 93% were in cages.
Pre war it took 126 days to produce a 2kg bird for the table, now it takes 42 days.

Hopefully this Summer the house purchase will happen and i'll be able to show you mine and compare notes.