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January 2009

in theory an 'ideal' time would be around March but people hatch chickens out all-year round.

Hazel : Our three ex battery girlies are all doing well. We have given up on Doris laying and have come to the conclusion that it is because she is too fat. Any treats, and she is the first there until Rosie comes and sorts her out. Today the strangest thing - one of them laid a soft egg the size of a marble - we suspect it may have been Doris but it was really weird. Rosie worried us yesterday as she normally lays a beautiful egg every day but for some reason she just sat on the nest all afternoon and didn't produce anything. It snowed here a little while ago and because I was so worried about shutting their door to keep them warm, I forgot to close their run door. They push their door open in the morning and when I looked out they were all standing at the open run door but were obvisously too frightened of the snow to come out into the garden, they looked so funny.

We let out girlies free range in our garden in the afternoon after they have done their duty, well Doris does try sometimes. We have put chicken wire over our barked path as they so loved digging it up and any tasty plants, to a chicken anyway, I put wire mesh round. Our garden is not very big but I think I would rather have my girlies running around happy than pristine flower beds. Merry christmas all you chicken lovers. Hazel.

Jennie Roe : I hope you like the photo of my grandson Declan sitting in the sun on Christmas Day with Margret on his Knee. We have five chickens in all and they live free range during the day and have a nice dry coop at night. Here in Lincolnshire the weather is reasonably kind but I have noticed that two of my girls are losing weight someone suggested that I give them cat food to eat as it will give them protein, do you think I should and if so what? They are just over two years old and are warrens I think. The girls are feed on good quality layers mix


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Keeping Chickens Newsletter - Published January 2009 by www.Self-Sufficient-Life.com