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the coop and run are on soil they wont be allowed worried about smell / desease /?. floor of coop in the wet / winter.


You are going to have to remove the soil occasionally and change it if it is to be a permanent place-in my experience anything put on the ground -straw -whatever gets scratched about.

I have just rigged up a cover to cover the chicken area to keep the wet weather off.

i will do that let you know how i do in time thank you . i think i may consider a removable cover to.



I seem to remember when I first started buying these 2 years ago there was a use by date of around 6 months-have,just for you, checked the latest bag and there is no date just the date of manufacture

My feeling is that a bag bought at Christmas and just finished now is fine.

Is it normal for chickens to lay eggs out in the run?



I have a down-in-the-dumps chicken (Maggie). She's been trying to sit quietly away from the others all day and looks a bit hunched and fluffed up. Presumably all I can do for now is to keep any eye on her as there are no noticeable symptoms - as there were when Aggie did whistley breathing.


I lost half-3- of my brood whilst in sunny Spain-a fox had them on the Sunday afternoon

Now one sits on the nesting area virtually all day- have some china eggs that she seems happy to protect-other than that don't know what else is to be done.

They still seem to be laying ok but it is a lot quieter-one of the downsides that you don't want to consider when taking this on

Will buy replacements in September as going off again in August-will not be deterred


That's really sad but, unfortunately, goes with territory. I dread the day when one/some of mine get nabbed.


If your hen is sitting tight on china eggs she has gone or is going broody.  Boot her off the nest and she may keep on laying. Sorry, I mean lift her off the nest!  Don't encourage her by leaving china eggs in the nest.


Have done just that-she seems to be victim of bullying and the nesting area is her refuge-will keep pushing her out with the others.


I have four; Lizzie and Maggie hang about together often. Top pecker Rose doesn't mind where she is or with whom and Aggie, who's bottom, (and a bit smaller than the others) is a bit of a loner. This was a problem when they first came and had to spend a lot of time in the run but now they free range for part of every day they are much more chilled out. Aggie seems to find a spot to forage a little away from others, lays well, doesn't get picked on so seems happy as far as I can tell. Perhaps you could sneak her a couple of extra treats when the other aren't looking ;- )


I often sprout seeds to add to salads etc, any that get a little to sprouted or are just left get given to the girls who love them.  I was thinking this morning, what about grass seed. this would be cheap to buy and I would think will sprout like any other seed.  Would these be OK for the chicks ??, and maybe also for the guinea pigs ??.






I think grass seed sproutings would be fine as my chooks have eaten every blade of grass in the top half of the garden. I expect, like any creature, they would benefit from a change now and then. I use quick growing salad leaves at the moment buut hadn't thought about grass seed. Perhaps best if it hasn't been treated in any way - ie to deter birds!


Last year when mine were confined from the garden and all the grass had gone -I filled 10 or so seed trays with compost and grass seed, grew a tray of grass and gave them that as a treat ever few days-they loved it-not sure about feeding them grass seed- it is very fine???