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« Reply #105 on: March 22, 2008, 20:09 »
So, we are now the proud owners of 3 hens. Two youngsters who won't be laying for a few weeks and an older hen who is laying now. I would like them to have free range of the garden, but am concerned that the older one (who until this afternoon was living on a farm and roosting in the barn) may flap off to neighbouring gardens.

Given our next door neighbours' reaction to us getting them in the first place I think it best that they get used to the idea before we have an escaping hen situation.:?

Their run is about 8/10 feet long and about 3 feet high.

Any advice/opinions? :?:

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« Reply #106 on: March 23, 2008, 11:41 »
Weekly supply of lovely fresh eggs should do the trick along with a fence that is too high for them to get over. They wont go too far from home and food..
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« Reply #107 on: April 22, 2008, 13:01 »
I have recent;ly been given a cockerel to go with my chickens and he is fighting me every time I go in their run. Can you give me any advice on how to make him nice as my children cant go near the chickens to get the eggs or even feed them and they used to enjoy doing this so much.
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« Reply #108 on: April 22, 2008, 17:40 »
Coq au vin is a good way to keep him quiet  :wink:
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« Reply #109 on: April 22, 2008, 21:45 »
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Coq au vin is a good way to keep him quiet  :wink:


yeah, get him p*ssed.... :wink:

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« Reply #110 on: May 01, 2008, 06:46 »
Hi there, I have just joined after reading pretty much all of this thread, what brilliant reading.
We have 4 'mongrel' chooks. They look like they have a lot of orpington in them. Or so I've been told.
They were wee pullets when we got them and 2 of them have just started laying and I can't explain the enjoyment ( and pride!!) they're giving us.

We live in New Zealand so are in autumn now, I have no idea how long they will keep laying for just now. They are pretty much free range, but they do have a house and they lay their eggs in the 'beds' where we put pretend eggs. Clever girls! The yolks are the yellowest I've ever seen!

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« Reply #111 on: May 05, 2008, 19:48 »
I love chooks ... but I'm disabled, rhuematoid arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, blah-di-blah! I mean I don't walk easily, can't kneel or bend well and can have very bad days.

Also, we have a beautiful flower garden and I don't want it mangled ... but I would like help from the chooks eating bugs etc. and I love fresh eggs  :)

We have a huge walnut and similar ash tree, along with good hedges. Do the chooks need a house?

We also have 2 cats ... will the chooks eat the cats? I think I can stop the cats eating the chooks ok  :lol:

How hard and expensive is getting organic food? We're certified organic so don't want to mess with the certification.

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« Reply #112 on: May 05, 2008, 20:50 »
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I love chooks ... but I'm disabled, rhuematoid arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, blah-di-blah! I mean I don't walk easily, can't kneel or bend well and can have very bad days.

Also, we have a beautiful flower garden and I don't want it mangled ... but I would like help from the chooks eating bugs etc. and I love fresh eggs  :)

We have a huge walnut and similar ash tree, along with good hedges. Do the chooks need a house?

We also have 2 cats ... will the chooks eat the cats? I think I can stop the cats eating the chooks ok  :lol:

How hard and expensive is getting organic food? We're certified organic so don't want to mess with the certification.


hello, all the help and advice you need is available in the hen house section.

just ask away.

let everyone know know where abouts you live. they may be someone nearby who will be happy to give you a little hand on your bad days.

organic food is a little more expensive, but should be where ever normal chook food is.

a raised chook coop, would also mean no kneeling or bending, and they will walk up a ramp.

there is a book available called 'poultry keeping for the disabled'

http://www.ascott-shop.co.uk/acatalog/Poultry-Keeping-for-the-Disabled-BV261.html

im sure it would be a fantastic source of help

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« Reply #113 on: May 05, 2008, 22:32 »
Hi there, we have cats, 4 of them and they live in harmony with the chooks! ( see Rat thread)

At first I was worried that the cats would hurt/kill them but no, they just keep their house free of rats and mice.

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« Reply #114 on: May 07, 2008, 23:00 »
That sounds good. Maybe I will end up with henny-penny and her sisters yet *g*

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« Reply #115 on: May 25, 2008, 20:14 »
I'm locking up this thread as it's getting so long.

Please can you post any questions ideas etc in the Hen House Forum

Thanks
Richy
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