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Tue 18-Oct-11
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Thanks Nadine, didn't know about the milk, but I'm going to give them some tomorrow, just to see, but the next lot of sour stuff will go to them instead of being poured in the hedge. (never pour it down the drain as we have no mains drainage, it all goes to a soak away.) They get plenty of greens and apples, but they only seem interested in the rotting apples. They love raking through the horse poo for insects, they have a very happy life and need to be giving me something back

Wed 19-Oct-11
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another egg from Ellie, that is 2 this week from 6 girls. Have been giving the poultry spice which they love

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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 Good for Ellie, Aly.  Keep up the poultry spice through the cold of winter; it really perks them up. Can you get it in France or does it have to be ordered here?

It would help Janet's girls too, I suspect. smile

I collected 9 eggs yesterday but I don't get that every day; I have 15 laying hens and some young pullets who won't lay till next year. Oh I forgot "Little Hen", my remaining bantam White Plymouth Rock, she is about 8yrs old & lays about one egg a month in the summer. She was the only hen to survive the great fox attack. She is a cranky old thing now but I love her for being such a survivor. 

 

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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I have to order it from Omlet as haven't found it here. The French keep chickens for food only and never give them treats. My neighbour laughs at me in a nice way and thinks me strange for all the fuss I make of themsmile

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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I'll be getting some at the weekend Nadine, however I got a new look egg today, so someone has come in to lay at last

Wed 19-Oct-11
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Good news Janet, let's hope the others get the message......!!cool

 

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Thu 20-Oct-11
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Ellie gave me another egg today, that is 3 this week. Gave them porridge this morning hope it helps

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Tue 25-Oct-11
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I cleaned out my girls peckingham palace and run at the weekend - put down all new Hemcore - and the next morning they went into a mass moult!  It was a shock - I have 11 rare breed bantams - and oldie fell of her perch a few weeks ago - a silver Seabright.

 

The run is now almost covered with feathers, and I had to 'mow' them up off the lawn - mixed colours and fluffiness.

 

It doesn't seem to affect them - they still chase around the garden like lunatics - and I agree with the other posts - a little bit of poultry spice mixed with their pellets works a treat.  I tend not to add anything to their water as they seem to taste it, and drink out of the bird bath instead!

 

As mine are rare breeds and some very old, it's a nice surprise this time of year to get any eggs - but there were two for me this morning bless them

 

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http://kooringa.blogspot.com/

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Tue 25-Oct-11
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Hello lottie,

Welcome to the forum, both your blogs are fascinating & I'm sure you will be a big asset here, on many subjects.

I think chickens react quite violently to any changes in their environment so I'm not surprised that yours started moulting due to shock. They pick up the flock "terrors" from one another & even from us, their owners/guardians.

 

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Tue 25-Oct-11
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good to have another eggspert on boardlaugh

Ellie seems to have a pattern of an egg every other day which just about keeps me bakingok

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Up to 4 eggs a day this week - way hey - off 15 bloody hens!

Tue 25-Oct-11
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Oh Lottie, welcome to the site, good to have you on board, but I read your blog, and cannot believe that someone has been taking your produce - that isn't typical on allotments. Could it be accessed by the general public, or is there a locked gate of some sort?

I can thoroughly understand your frustration and disappointment - as you say, a nasty person! thumbs_down

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It is so different here, the local councils have just changed to the Autumn display on roundabouts and have left baskets of apples and various pumpkins and squashes placed randomly. My first thought was if this was the UK they would not be there long. Sorry you had to suffer that Lottie and I hope you can get it secured.big_hug

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A headteacher here in Latvia was shocked when I said the Brits were a thieving bunch really. Things do get stolen here, but not on a regular basis and sometimes it is the stupidest of things like bottles of juice from a cellar rather than anything of particular value.doh

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