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    We'll need photos......................and names.

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    That run is fantastic, that is well fox proofed.
    I hope you have a good day tomorrow.
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    When it comes to buying the 6th one have a think about the egg colours as well as the colours of the birds! Nothing better than opening up a box of home laid eggs all different colours!

    How thick is the mesh on the run?

    Might be worth putting the house up on a couple of pallets to save your back!

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    Good thought about the pallets, Stan.
    My coops up on a "stand" made from a pallet on 4 blocks, high enough for the chooks to walk beneath it. They like rummaging around down there.
    Cleaning it out is also easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quietandy View Post
    Do Hens normally lay during the day or at night? I know they look for dark areas to lay in.
    In the day, usually in the morning. Is there anyone around to collect the eggs late morning? It's best if they are collected promptly. If not it may be wise to put some strips of black plastic at the opening of the nest box to stop any bad egg eating habits.

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    But of course there will be photos Veggie. I will have to Introduce them to the vine.

    Good shout about egg colours Stan. I had never even thought about that. What an eggscelent idea ��*♂️

    Not sure about the wire thickness. Described as heavy duty. It is also coated in plastic and the holes are 20mm.

    I don't have any pallets handy but I do have some fence posts I could Jimmy something together fairly easily. They would need a ramp/ladder too.

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    oooh how exciting

    A couple of good websites/blogs i like to follow are Lisa Steele (Fresh Eggs Daily) and Kathy Shea Mormino (the Chicken Chick)

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    Girls seem to be settling in ok. One must of liked the car journey as we had an egg in one of the boxes.

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