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    • CommentAuthorhengirl
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2007 12:28pm (Oct 10th 2007)
     
    Hello, signed up for this and unsure what i am doing. am more hen literate than computer literate. will just type this and see what happens
    x
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2007 1:34pm (Oct 10th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey hengirl, you just made your first post yay! :-)

    Welcome to the forum, feel free to post any questions you have and we'll try answer them.
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2008 8:55pm (Feb 13th 2008)
     
    Beware my Hengirl, they are all quite dotty on here.
    They can't even stick to the thread subjects. You ask on one and find the answer somewhere else.
    And watch out for the sticky stuff!!!!

    Have you had a look at the Google map directory yet?
    Please put your marker on where you live. It's great knowing where every one is.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2008 9:23pm (Feb 13th 2008) edited
     
    Hi Hengirl and welcome to the forums! Don't worry about not being computer literate. Chief Chicken has to get an officer of the law in to help her out!!!!! :rolling: (He's commonly known as Wazza and posts on here too. Watch out for him! ;) )
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2008 9:26pm (Feb 13th 2008) edited
     
    Wazza will nip your bum if you give him half a chance. And he's a sucker for choccy biscuits if you are within driving distance. Nobody has invited him furher afield - yet.

    He drives a funny, sometimes noisy, car, all covered in dayglo stripes. The car that is, not Wazza.....
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2008 10:32pm (Feb 13th 2008)
     
    Welcome to the group, Hengirl!
    LW_Welcome-Tohencam.jpg
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2008 10:42pm (Feb 13th 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    Hi and a huge welcome to you... where you from ?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2008 5:53pm (Feb 14th 2008)
     
    Watch it, Hengirl; he's estimating how fast a squad car can get to your biscuits...
    • CommentAuthorcrussell
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2008 3:16pm (Feb 26th 2008)
     
    hi all know im a saddie cos no idea what im doing. i purchased 4 rhode island reds in december they where 16 weeks old and i was told to expect my first eggs at the begining of feb, but so far nothing, Just loads and loads of RUNNY POO. My kids are getting very impatient and taking the micky saying ive been ripped off and bought a load of cockerals in disguise. they been on layers pellets since end of december and get loads of greens which they devour. Corn in the afternoon etc they love spagetti a couple of times a week its so funny watching them eat this. why avnt they started laying are they over fed maybe???
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2008 5:36pm (Feb 26th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi crussell, welcome to the forum :)

    If your chickens are 16+ weeks then you'd probably know if they were roo's or not. They should be crowing and will have huge red combs if they are boys...and fighting one another almost constantly :-\

    Girl chickens have much smaller paler combs, although these should get redder as their body gets ready to lay their first egg. Hens usually lay their first egg anywhere between 18 - 24 weeks old, although this can depend on a lot of other factors. For example hens need around 14 hours of sunlight a day for their bodies to be able to make an egg, so if their isn't much sun where you are this could be a reason...Nesting boxes also encourage hens to lay, so if you have a dark private nesting box waiting for them it could make them work even harder to lay their first egg :D

    As for overfeeding, this website may be useful: Feed Instructions We've never really followed instructions on how much to feed our hens though - just feed as much as they are happy with. Pellets and corn are good, with veggies and other treats like spaghetti which seems to be a favourite with chickens :P Rhode island reds are fantastic layers, so give them time and i'm sure they'll start soon!

    Runny poo isn't normally anything to worry about, but if all their poops are runny it may signify a problem and a trip to the vets might be a good idea...

    Hope this helps,

    Scarlet :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2008 6:30pm (Feb 26th 2008)
     
    Hello, Crussell; I didn't have a clue about chickens either when I first got Sage & Onion. I made a nuisance of myself asking Neil stuff, and threw food at them and made sure they had enough to drink and...er...that's it! They're remarkably resilient to human stupidity/ignorance, thank God. Just keep them housed, fed and watered and everything happens in due course.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2008 10:45pm (Feb 26th 2008)
     
    Hi crussell, welcome to the forum! I can honestly say that no one here will think your a saddie - I haven't even got any hens, how sad is that?!! Also, well done for getting runny poo in your first post! I don't know if you've seen the thread titled runny poo - it was started by someone with similar concerns to you, but we use it to wind Diane up as she HATES the subject!! I hope your hens start laying soon - please let us know when you get your first egg and make sure you have it and tell the kids how delicious it was!!!!
    • CommentAuthorcrussell
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2008 4:31pm (Feb 27th 2008)
     
    hi all. thanks for the advice you have all given. Glad kateb saw my runny poo comment, and spotted that i had got a little eggcited and slipped it in. i had a read through all the previous postings, before i posted my own, and it made my chookle. any way im still waiting for that first egg im sure that noise they make when i go out to them is chicken laughter. i'll let you all know when/if i get my first egg. I think when i do it will be really smashing.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2008 5:25pm (Feb 27th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    But just imagine how it will be when you open the nest box expecting to see nothing and there is a perfect egg...

    I can't think of anything else to say as your egg puns have frazzled my brain... :p and that's no yolk!
    • CommentAuthorcrussell
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2008 8:15pm (Feb 27th 2008)
     
    its a good thing you never said my egg puns had 'fried' or 'scrambled' your brain cos that would of been to corny.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2008 11:31pm (Feb 27th 2008)
     
    Going on what else has been posted on here, I suspect the first egg may be perfect, but chances are the ones that follow will be odd shapes, colours, no shell, eaten by the hens - but Neil and Red will put your mind at ease over all of that and give you eggcelent advice!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2008 12:25am (Feb 28th 2008)
     
    H*ly Chr*st.

    Ah well. WELCOME crussell! (Is that C. Russell?)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2008 7:17am (Feb 28th 2008)
     
    Welcome crussell, just make sure that they have light for 14 hours a day, and you'll get your eggs coming on fairly soon.
    • CommentAuthorcrussell
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2008 10:58am (Feb 29th 2008)
     
    yes christopher russell to give my self my ful title. im sorry ive been a bit naughty with the puns etc, but if you will all let me stay i promise to calm down. Im from stockton on tees in the sunny??? north east of england. no need to get you atlas out it just next to middlesbrough and every body knows where that is.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2008 3:52pm (Feb 29th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hmmm, do we call you chris then? Or Christopher? Or crussell?? Welcome again, anyway :crazy:
    • CommentAuthorcrussell
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2008 5:36pm (Feb 29th 2008)
     
    call me whatever you like my missus calls me @%<&*
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2008 6:05pm (Feb 29th 2008)
     
    I vote for chris - due to length. :P Have you marked your location on the google hen map yet, chris?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2008 6:07pm (Feb 29th 2008)
     
    As Eric says, call me what you like but don't call me late for dinner...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2008 8:50pm (Feb 29th 2008)
     
    Yes, Chris is easiest. Our transatlantic friends probably don't know where middlesborough is. Come to think of it, neither do I - I'm rubbish at Geog! (and keep the puns coming - love 'em!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2008 8:56pm (Feb 29th 2008)
     
    It isn't that far from Brum, is it? Just up a bit, I thought... mind you with 28% for Geography, perhaps I'll just shut up...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2008 9:04pm (Feb 29th 2008)
     
    That was 5% more than me!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2008 4:42pm (Mar 1st 2008)
     
    Perhaps my writing was neater than yours...:)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2008 12:25pm (Mar 2nd 2008)
     
    Mine was added up incorrectly - it should've been less! Thank heavens for Sat Navs!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2008 5:18pm (Mar 2nd 2008)
     
    I have a good memory and lots of streetmap books. (Books? What are THEY?)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2008 8:55pm (Mar 3rd 2008)
     
    I mentioned getting hens to hubby again yesterday and he huffed at me!! Rachael is urging me to get some - she LOVES the silkies - and I said I'd call one Marjorie (her middle name!) She scowled at me then. :( So I said I wouldn't really. Danny wants to call one Chicken George from a film but I don't know what film that is. Would Silkies and Frizzles and other breeds get on if they were all bought at the same time?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2008 9:02pm (Mar 3rd 2008)
     
    Chicken George was a character in Alex Hailey's 'Roots'. Can't tell you more, just remember it from pub quizzes!
    My frizzles get on with cats and rabbits...but I think they might be a bit odd.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2008 9:04pm (Mar 3rd 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Keep bugging your husband, Kate - surely he'll crack eventually?! Or just point out all the positives of chickens every now and again? :P

    I can't imagine getting different breeds would bother them. I read somewhere that chickens aren't bothered about mixing with other breeds, all they are bothered about is establishing the pecking order...so they should be fine, 'specially if you're gonna get them all at the same time.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2008 9:10pm (Mar 3rd 2008)
     
    When we had boiled eggs last night my hubby usually has 2 at a time, but there wasn't enough. I said if we had hens I could've popped out and got another one ... !! (Hencam's taught me its not that simple, but he doesn't know that!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2008 9:13pm (Mar 3rd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's the way to do it, you'll have chickens in no time :wink:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2008 9:15pm (Mar 3rd 2008)
     
    Got to get the conservatory first - must phone a salesman and prepare myself for 6 hours of intensive selling :cry:. I hate window salesmen. :angry:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2008 9:22pm (Mar 3rd 2008)
     
    Ask him in,offer a cup of tea.But while you're making it, slip some earplugs/Ipod in your earoles. Prearrange a signal with hubby (when the money's finally mentioned) and slip earplugs/Ipod out at that juncture.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2008 9:33pm (Mar 3rd 2008)
     
    Hubby tries to hide in another room but they always insist on both being there, but he still keeps wandering off and leaving me to listen to all the rubbish.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2008 9:34pm (Mar 3rd 2008)
     
    Can't you get postal quotes?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2008 9:40pm (Mar 3rd 2008)
     
    I wish!!!! Its not so much the sales pitch as the "let me just ring my boss and see if we can get you a discount because there's an R in the month"
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2008 10:04pm (Mar 3rd 2008)
     
    We had two 'salesmen' like this, selling vacuum cleaner. The advert had promised a free holiday (forget where to) if we just listened to them, not conditional on making a purchase.
    They talked and talked. Two hours. Eventually came to the price. They had to write it down and show it to us, wouldn't say it out. It was an outrageous price, so they phoned their office on my land line for reductions.
    Eventually sent them off.
    Checked my outgoing calls list and they hadn't phoned anywhere at all !
    We never heard from them again - no holiday either.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2008 10:05pm (Mar 3rd 2008)
     
    Our cheapest window man (half the price of his nearest quote) is completely independent and not at all pushy. It might be worth asking any local builders who they recommend in that line before wading in with the big boys.
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2008 9:46pm (Mar 16th 2008)
     
    how come when I joined the hencam forum , I didnt get welcome greetings like that !!! Maybe it was my birthday and im always lonelyy.