I've been a bit quiet of late,so I thought I would just share a few stories and a VERY guilty secret.
I had a horrid problem with red mites a couple of years back and feared they would be back with a vengeance this hot summer.I bought a 25kg sack of DE when I had my outbreak and do a weekly coop dusting. No trouble at all this year.
I have a horrid case of bumble foot which is slowly resolving with 'squeezing' every two or three days. I have great difficulty finding anyone to hold the hen whilst I 'operate' as everybody finds the procedure 'gross'...it all stems from the lamb who had a septic leg which I opened and the stinking pus shot about 3 feet onto OH and all over daughter who was holding the lamb.
And the guilty secret....last week i found a hen by the kitchen door first thing in the morning....just one who failed to go into the coop thought I. I thought wrong.....I found her sitting on eggs in the bit of long grass which I persuaded OH to leave 'for wildlife'. She's seriously vicious,so I have no idea how many she is on or how far along they are. She is also at serious risk of fox attack as she is absolutely out in the open. If OH finds out he will throw her off as I have way too many hens.For the moment I am leaving her where she is....but whatever I do I cannot do right for doing wrong.