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    Sorry to hear that Nicos - it's always sad to lose a character. We had a feisty hen, Angela (named after a feisty friend!) who survived a dog attack and would sit with DH in his office. She went to a fox one awful night when I forgot to shut them in - telling DH when he got back from a business trip (he usually shut them in) was awful

    Hens can be quite revolting sometimes, can't they? *queasy face*
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    Is there anything that isn't made better by half an hour pottering in the veg patch?

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    Aww, disgusting! They can be revolting! Are you going to get in some more Nicos...sounds as if they've all got to an 'age'....

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    I only have 2 hybrid hens now. They have laid throughout winter and the price paid is that they have eaten the lawn. I was wondering if I should replace it with a wildflower meadow. I am not sure whether I should go to the trouble and expense if they eat that too. has anybody tried a wildflower meadow?

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    Not tried one no....well, I did sow some seeds into my lawn and absolutely nothing happened...just got long grass. Then someone told me you gave to sow into bare soil. D'oh!...no wonder it didn't work!

    Worth having a go elizajay...it should be well manured and pest free!

    Just wanted to say that we're finally up to 4 eggs a day from my old gals....including 2 broodies!

    Have to say I'm frustrated now that we're going to the UK in early May cos otherwise I'd have stuck some eggs under one of them. Oh well..fingers crossed we get another broody on our return!
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    Seems quite complicated. Wildflower meadows are apparently notoriously difficult to grow from seed or even plug plants and require low fertility soil. As you say Nicos, chooks don't make low fertility soil. and mine is far too fertile!

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    Today, I'm one very happy bunny!

    We have 2 x 4yr old Marans hens with feathery feet ...beautiful gals.

    We thought last year might have been their last egg laying year of their wonderfully dark brown eggs...but.....

    Petal started laying every 2-3 days about 4 weeks ago but alas Blossom didn't.

    Yesterday we had 2 brown eggs in one of the nest boxes!....well done Bloosom!
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    Update.... last weekend we found someone selling Marans eggs and having a broody, we bought 4 of them!
    One week later mommy is still brooding them!

    two weeks to go!!


    Also- today OH was strimming a patch of nettles within their large outdoor run ...and came across 2 clutches of eggs!

    32 eggs!

    Just done the freshness test and they all sank to the bottom of the dish..yey!!
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    Anyone else expecting babbies???
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