Poultry Keeping

    • Elsie 4ys 5 months, photo below when she was just 20 weeks, laying on the very odd occasion bless her :love:

    • She’ s beautiful Karen :rose:

    • A healthy looking Elsie, Karen :good:

    • I do love this hen, as soon as I got her home she would hang around me, I think she was handled quite a bit at the farm too so she does seem to not mind being picked up and petted :good:
      She’s doing really well as they’re not sure how long hybrids can live up to as they usually wear they’re body’s out with the constant laying of eggs, afraid…[Read more]

  • karenp posted an update in the group Group logo of Poultry KeepingPoultry Keeping 2 years, 2 months ago

    Well I have some sad news again, as today Mavis passed away :-( , she was the oldest of the hens, 5yrs and certainly have kept me busy over those years too.
    First of all she was broody for 2 years in a row, I had to lift her out the nesting box otherwise she wouldn’t have eaten :confused:
    Then she had peritonitis, which thankfully with…[Read more]

  • karenp posted an update in the group Group logo of Poultry KeepingPoultry Keeping 2 years, 2 months ago

    • you have Karen…it’s in the group and I even commented….Things do have a habit of hiding on here and then popping up :confused: :dunno: I thought it might be just me but clearly it isn’t.

    • And there was me thinking it only happens to me to :confused: :cute:

  • karenp posted an update in the group Group logo of Poultry KeepingPoultry Keeping 2 years, 2 months ago

    Betty :love:

  • karenp posted an update in the group Group logo of Poultry KeepingPoultry Keeping 2 years, 2 months ago

    Sad news our new hen Molly passed away very suddenly on Sunday, I found her collapsed in the run early Sunday afternoon, I,d just got in after taking Alfie for a walk.
    When I picked her up she was breathing very heavily so I phoned the farm where I always go to and was told to take her in, but sadly on route she passed away in the car.
    The farmer…[Read more]

  • karenp posted an update in the group Group logo of Poultry KeepingPoultry Keeping 2 years, 3 months ago

    My son took these to this afternoon with his phone ;-)
    • They are fine looking birds Karen. Which is which? I shall be doing a blog on our day out and I took a photo especially for you :love:

    • Ah thank you Cilla :-) the top photo is Mavis she’s now nearly 5 yrs, this is the one that stopped laying last year, but has earned her retirement :love:
      The other one is the newbie Molly, went for this type as they are a docile hen and gets along with whoever they’re put in with so wasn’t too much feather pulling by the other 2 for her…[Read more]

  • karenp posted an update in the group Group logo of Poultry KeepingPoultry Keeping 2 years, 3 months ago

    Here’s some photos of the new hen Molly with Mavis sat on the log and a close of Elsie
  • Beanstew posted an update in the group Group logo of Poultry KeepingPoultry Keeping 2 years, 4 months ago

    I saw this last night Karen, and thought you might like it – but I expect you knew it all…[Read more]

    • oh how I laughed at this article as so true as since keeping hens I,m amazed just how clever they are, my son the other night had to put them back in the closed run and was amazed by just saying to them it’s time to go in, as off they walked back through the gate to the enclosed run, I for sometime have just taken this for granted but it always…[Read more]

      • Glad you enjoyed it Karen. It made me think again that I have missed out by not keeping a few hens in the back garden. We had so many hundreds of them as a child, that I didn’t really get to know any well – and I think I missed out.

        • To be honest Sheila I had no idea how clever they are till I kept them, I think it’s because I only have a few and they are in our garden why I notice their ways, am sure if I kept them up the plot it wouldn’t be the same :-)

  • karenp posted an update in the group Group logo of Poultry KeepingPoultry Keeping 2 years, 4 months ago

    Just to let you all know Gladys passed away this afternoon :rose: , the trouble with hens they do hide their illness well as she seemed to perk up this morning just a little bit, even managed to hold herself up and with encouragement did eat and drink a little, I was out and my son was here at the time, he said she just rolled over on her side…[Read more]

    • Oh Karen I am sorry, what a sad day for you. You look after those girls so beautifully that I’m sure there was absolutely nothing more you could do for Gladys. She had an idyllic life with you. I do hope the others stay well for you. :love: :rose: :rose: :rose:

    • Ah Karen, so very sorry to hear your sad news. Not crazy at all to feel so sad honey, I know how fond you are of all your wee girls, so only natural that you should mourn her passing. Take care of yourself. :love:

    • So sorry to hear this Karen – we know how well you care for your girls so it is absolutely natural to feel sad. Even the tiniest hamster has had tears shed over it in this house so the loss of a girl like Gladys who you have tried so hard to nurse better is bound to have an effect on you. Sending a hug :love:

    • Oh Karen, how sad after all … RIP Gladys, and good luck with the others :love: :good: xx :rose:

    • :rose: :rose: :rose:

    • I am very sorry to hear of your loss, Think of the happier times you had with her and all that lovely eggs. RIP Gladys :rose: :rose: :rose:

    • Other species wind their way into our hearts in a most beguiling way, and I have always believed that if we have souls, then so do they. Please take some comfort from the fact that Glenda appreciated all you did for her, and the comfortable life you gave her, and loved you back.

    • Oh, Karen, I’m so very sorry to hear about Gladys. She couldn’t have had better care. :rose: :rose:

      • Thankyou all so much again for your kind words, and Sheila dont worry ;-) might just be a name for a future feathered egg laying friend :good:

  • karenp posted an update in the group Group logo of Poultry KeepingPoultry Keeping 2 years, 4 months ago

    Spoke too soon when I said that my hens were doing fine, as Gladys is quite a poorly hen now, I had been nursing her over the last few days thinking she had compacted crop, but today I took her along to the vets only to find out she has mareks disease, so not looking too good as also this means that Mavis and Elsie may have it too, I have brought…[Read more]

  • karenp posted an update in the group Group logo of Poultry KeepingPoultry Keeping 2 years, 4 months ago

    Well have,nt been on here for sometime so here’s an update on my girlies :love:
    Well Elsie has been laying all winter and not missing a day, Mavis has,nt laid now since her 2nd bout of peritonitis last year, we really thought she was a gonna last year as after getting over this she ended up with a compacted crop, but with advise from the farmer…[Read more]

    • I really enjoyed your update Karen. Elsie must be in terrific shape to keep laying throughout the winter (I’m assuming no artificial lighting like the intensive poultry keepers use) Our hens went off lay every winter from what I can remember – so you have a champion there. And it’s lovely to think that the non-layers are able to finish their…[Read more]

    • Hi Karen, lovely to hear about your gals, my neighbour has about 20 chickens and she loves them to bits, lucky me gets to reap the rewards too as I usually get a dozen eggs a week, such lovely people

    • That’s such a lovely peep into your hen’s world…thanks Karen :love: :rose:

    • how I envy you and your girlies, have always wanted to keep chickens, just love that gentle clucking they do – the eggs are just a bonus really, praps one time before I depart for the garden in the sky I will get some

    • What a lovely update, Karen :good: I can quite understand you loving their ‘chat’ – I hear my neighbours’ hens doing the same when I walk past daily :-) One of his hens lays blue shelled eggs. Have you got one of these sort?

      • Morning all, thank you all too and Sheila no artificial lighting for my girlies, so I do feel very fortunate indeed :good:
        No blue eggs here Jane your neighbour probably has a pure bred as mine are the warrens specially bred for laying lots of eggs, the same birds as seen on tv adverts :-)

  • Ginnybean posted an update in the group Group logo of Poultry KeepingPoultry Keeping 4 years, 1 month ago

    Daughters hens are down by 2 in numbers due to them escaping barracks….. the others have all found the way out but they put themselves in at night so can get locked in….. The little chick has got some real feathers on now…. love watching them… they do a good job on keeping the lawn down…

    • have you any piccies please Ginny? :rose:

      • They are good at escaping, hens are certainly not daft either, Gladys has got into bad habit at pecking the feathers on the other 2 so all now having calcium supplements and having to spray Mavis and Elsie with an anti pecking spray, trouble is I have to hide it behind my back as Mavis starts running all over the place trying to get away, reminds…[Read more]

        • They are right little characters aren’t they Karen. You could write regular diary stories about their antics!! :yahoo:

          • Certainly could Anne, can see now why we fall in love with these little characters now, so much so that I no longer eat chicken, the rest of my family do still but I just can’t, suppose it’s because I,m the one who cares for them and do watch them and enjoy their antics :heart:

            • Mmmm Karen, that makes me think :yes: I do eat chicken still, but kid myself, maybe, that the free range ones have at least had a decent short life :unsure:
              Am not sure where not eating meat, then wondering about how the crops and plants may feel happy or not, ends up…could, by logical process, starve myself to death…sorry, imagination running away…[Read more]

            • Good job I don’t keep pigs sheep or cows Anne as I probably would be a vegetarian by now, always said could never be farmers wife :wacko: a few years ago we went to the big sheep in Devon where we watched lamb’s being born, it was quite moving but then could,nt bring myself to eat lamb or even cook it for nearly 2 years my poor lot here had to go…[Read more]

    • :yes: :yes: :good: :rose:

  • Ginnybean posted an update in the group Group logo of Poultry KeepingPoultry Keeping 4 years, 2 months ago

    I found the nest of 1 of the hens…. When they were put in their run 1 kept on escaping….. Took a week to find where she was getting out….. Well there are 4 eggs in this nest…… Should I put them to eat or give them to my other daughter to put in her incubator??? She managed to hatch 2 from the other mums eggs but they didn’t…[Read more]

  • Ginnybean posted an update in the group Group logo of Poultry KeepingPoultry Keeping 4 years, 2 months ago

    My oldest daughter has hens… As she has been away for the easter hols I have been Hen sitting….. The week before they went the y had been restricted to ‘barracks’ as they had previously had free range of the garden, until a couple of them decided to explore the neighbours gardens, One poor person said they couldn’t let their dog out cause the…[Read more]

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