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Has my Chicken gone broody?
Sat 29-May-10
2:33 pm
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Toffeeapple
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Sparkles said:

Hey Toffeeapple, how do I upload a picture? Will be glad to share the girls with you all Laugh


Go to Photobucket, put your cursor over the picture and a list of options opens underneath, click on the second one – Direct Link – right click to copy, come back to the forum, click the 'tree' icon at the top of the page, paste the URL into the box then click on insert – et voilà!  C'est simple…Magic

Looking forward to seeing your girls.

I'll try that again!

Tue 1-Jun-10
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Hi sparkles we had a couple of thin shelled eggs from our girls ,dint know if its the same problem as soft shelled eggs but we upped the grit level and got some cuttlefish ,and it seems to have sorted the problem , i did a bit of trawling and it seems if the girls lay regular they need more calcium than they can process ,unless they are hybrids that are bread to lay every day,ours are just mongrel bantam chucks so i suppose its a lot to expect of them .hope you sort it out soon its terrible when your girls are off colour MOS xx

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Tue 1-Jun-10
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MOS - what do you mean by "we got some cuttlefish"?

Our seven year old Maran is still going strong but her eggs are very thin shelled this year. We put it down to old age but maybe it is a calcium thing.

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Wed 2-Jun-10
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Isn't cuttlefish the stuff you give budgies? Cheers

Wed 2-Jun-10
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Thanks, Joanna. I will ask in our local pet food supplier store today.

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Wed 2-Jun-10
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Hi folks ,yep that's the stuff just the same as budgies get for Christmas i didn't know how to give it to them so i grated some into the grit dish and left the rest whole , they haven't touched the whole piece much so they must prefer it ready rubbed,Wave

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Wed 2-Jun-10
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i also found some ready mixed food on another site that was calcium enriched il'e try and find it again if i get a mo  MOS ,

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Oh No, trauma...

If I'd not been going out last might, i would have posted a 'hurray' message saying we had a broody silkie, I was over the moon last night, however getting back from gardening tonight, I was greeted by a morose OH.

Mrs Silkie is dead, he found her dead in her little box this morning..OMG, what's happened. I've inspected her and can't see anything wrong, she was less than 2 years old, and seemed absolutely fine on Sunday - what's happened, any suggestions anyone.

Mr Silkie has just moved his attention to the new wheaten game, he seems a bit confused, but not that bothered.

Tue 5-Apr-11
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wave  Oh Janet I am so sorry to hear about your wee silkie.  I can offer no explanation for you only that sometimes these things just happen.  big_hug

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Tue 5-Apr-11
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Thanks Danuta

It was such a shock, she was such a cute little thing and I was just so please on Monday. It just seemed so quick, I keep thinking should I have looked a bit closer at her on Monday evening, but I didn't want to disturb her too much. Oh well, such is life...

Wed 6-Apr-11
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Oh Janet, 

So sorry about Mrs Silkie.   

Unfortunately chickens go downhill very fast. It is very difficult to recognise illness until too late. Even if you had realised something was wrong on Monday evening I suspect the result would have been the same.

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Wed 6-Apr-11
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Oh, I missed this post - how sad, Janet.  Silkies are beautiful.

I'll try that again!

Wed 6-Apr-11
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Thanks Girls, as I said, the OH doesn't seem that bothered, he's quite happy with his slightly reduced Harem of 3 wheaten game (the cockerel, that is, not my OH).

Wed 6-Apr-11
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wave Golly, you had me worried for just a moment.  big_laugh  big_laugh

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Sat 9-Apr-11
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Oh blow, Janet. Just seen your post now. Bummer.

We lost our Silkies overnight too, not all at once, but suddenly. In fact, over half our bantams have demised, so to speak. And never lingering for days, just in a flash.

It's simply sad every time.

People who do not keep small flocks of chickens cannot understand.

We love ours, as you do you, obviously. big_hug

 

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