Replacement Hens

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Replacement Hens
« on: January 24, 2011, 18:56 »
Fox broke in an eat my two girls Gertrude and Hilda.  I have bought an omlet classic which they say houses three chickens.    I intend to let them roam while iam around and lock them away at night.

Just like your thoughts I can get three ex batts but have been told they have a high mortality rate.  Around 30 to 40 percent dont live long after getting the good life.

I also thought about banties.  Are the eggs much smaller.  Can I in theory double the amount in the Omlet classic to 6 although I dont think I would  like them cramped.

Been offered some Pekins Banties are they good layers. 

Any other thoughts welcome
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Re: Replacement Hens
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2011, 19:01 »
I wouldn't house more than 4 banties in the eglu, as for their eggs it depends on the breed. True bantams (those that have no large fowl equivelent) tend to be small but the sort you are thinking about will lay eggs about 1/2 to 2/3rds the large fowl size I should think  :)
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Re: Replacement Hens
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2011, 20:29 »
If the fox has come once he may well return. Are the chickens going to be in a run?

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Re: Replacement Hens
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2011, 20:35 »
If the fox has come once he may well return. Are the chickens going to be in a run?

Moved location from alotment to home  and run will only be used when i am physically around

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Re: Replacement Hens
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2011, 12:42 »
Was it a wooden coop that the fox managed to get into?

I have pekin Bantams they lay small, pale coloured eggs a bit more than half the size of a usual egg.
 In spring and summer they lay every day, but mine have stopped over the winter. They can go broody quite often as well (no eggs!).  Lovely friendly little poppets though.
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Re: Replacement Hens
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2011, 13:21 »
run will only be used when i am physically around

Sorry but I disagree with this.  You can't keep hens in a coop; the coop is for sleeping and laying in, not living in. 

They need at least 1 square meter of space each in a run (more for larger breeds)

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Re: Replacement Hens
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2011, 20:34 »
I *think* Fluff meant they will be in the attached eglu run when not around then more freedom when Fluff is there to watch them not kept in the eglu itself when not there  :)

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Re: Replacement Hens
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2011, 23:23 »
I *think* Fluff meant they will be in the attached eglu run when not around then more freedom when Fluff is there to watch them not kept in the eglu itself when not there  :)

Roam free when people are around most of day.  In run when out for shoping etc.  In eglu at night   :)

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Re: Replacement Hens
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2011, 23:30 »
Was it a wooden coop that the fox managed to get into?

I have pekin Bantams they lay small, pale coloured eggs a bit more than half the size of a usual egg.
 In spring and summer they lay every day, but mine have stopped over the winter. They can go broody quite often as well (no eggs!).  Lovely friendly little poppets though.

Fox took them during the day .  Let them out  converted shed in morning.   Fox dug under security fencing .  wire on floor had whole in ?  Presume fox ate at wire but dont know for sure.  Our lottie is quite this time of year no one around

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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2011, 17:44 »
You are correct about the ex bats, they are high maintenance (can think of another woooman like that ::)), they have no or little immune system as they have been fed anti-biotics all their life and the stress of rescue and old living conditions, along with unatural laying means the are pretty much burnt out, I have three rescues, I had originally four, two died within three months and the other two are looking healthy, only one lays, I aquired an orphan that was roaming the streets over Christmas, no one has come to claim her back, I have a feeling that she has stopped laying so the owners let her loose. Ex-bats are really for pets not laying, so if you would want eggs then go for a pol or banty.
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