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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    Really? I struggle to believe that.
    Just after we got the chooks i got given a rat trap by a concerned relative. The bait was never touched. I have an outdoor trail camera that has never picked up a rat on the footage, we have loads of cats around us, both domestic and feral farm cats, we're in the middle of nowhere with other groups of chickens in the local area with big rat problems, the run is covered so doesn't get very muddy, i use wood shavings from my father in laws wood turning hobby, regularly clean the run out and put it on the compost heap, don't feed any kitchen waste and use the treadle feeder.

    No rat holes around the run, sheds, hedge line. No damage to the run, coop, sheds, etc. No rats.

    i think there are so many other sources of food that are more easily available we are the lowest ranked source of feed so the least attractive to the little critters...

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    I wish we were as lucky. I've also been very careful, feed kept in bins, I use the local tree surgeons wood chip, area is changed often within a 50meter fence, I never fed any kitchen scraps either.

    I also have trouble with wild bird seed - even that bird food comes in at night.
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    Hey guys. Thanks for all the input to my original question. I have been on my introductory course today and i am sold. With permission and signed paperwork i have the half plot next door so i now have the room. So i came away with a Durham Hens Coop too!!!!!!!

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    SO exciting!!! Have you started building a run yet?

    Looking forward to hearing all about your gorgeous girlies once you get them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillykat View Post
    SO exciting!!! Have you started building a run yet?

    Looking forward to hearing all about your gorgeous girlies once you get them
    Ha yes it is quite exciting. I am looking forward to it. I haven't started building a run yet. I think I am going to go the walk in run style that you can buy with metal frames and wire. The ones they had on show looked really sturdy and come with a "skirt" to bury on the outside of the run to stop anything tunneling under the frame. Think I will put paving slabs over the top too just to make sure.

    I am only think 4 or 6 max although I am told I will end up getting more!

    An automatic door opener for the mornings as I am away for work at 5am most mornings.

    Do Hens normally lay during the day or at night? I know they look for dark areas to lay in.
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    Wanting to start keeping hens-62261019_10156472062972741_6839319507131957248_o.jpg

    Got my run nearly sorted and my hen house built today. After the photo was taken i have placed slabs all around the side on the left so the run has a "skirt" 12" wide all around and on that is 2'x2' 2" thick paving slabs. Hopefully that has made it quite difficult to tunnel under?

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    Looks great Andy.
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    Tomorrow. Going to Durham hens to pick some up. Going to get 6. I think that is a manageable amount to start with. Blue Haze, Copper Black, Speckeldy, Rhode Rock and Black Tail. Not sure of the 6th one at the minute.

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