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dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 8:28 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

hose and a stout brush will be hard work and a bit messy but should do the job

i recon getting any muck out of corners and crevices is fairly important ,a shavehook paint scraper or similat tool should help .

AnnaD



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Grand, I'll do that. What about the surrounding run outside?

frewen



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was recommended to lime the ground outside when I had chickens. I can't remember what quantity of lime to meter squared though.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

iirc grannie limed at the start of the fallow period for the runs ,im not certain on the amounts but it seemed like a big handful per yard2 scattered as evenly as poss.

i spose once it has rained a fair bit or been it has been well watered in it should not burn their feet so maybe timings are flexible. i recon if you cant see on the surface it all should be ok.

AnnaD



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's great, thanks for the advice!

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

having thought about it for a bit liming might be to reduce the acidity of the fermenting chook muck in the soil (to make things grow better) rather than to kill parasites etc(although it might help with that as well)

gregotyn



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It would be an idea if you have the room to move the hen run across a bit. Lime the old run would help reduce 'things'. You should scrub the chook 'shed' with a suitable disinfectant. Perhaps your local library has a suitable book as a guide?

AnnaD



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Unfortunately we don't really have the space to move them around, although I did try to think of a way in which we could do it.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Its most unlikely that there will be any residual germs in the soil or on the foliage.

AnnaD



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good, that's a relief!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would use a disinfectant sold specifically for poultry for the house. Most agricultural stores will sell something.

When you say they had access to lots of grass, it shouldn't be too long, especially if the hens aren't used to it.

Mutton



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 16 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rescue hens - as in spent battery hens?

By all means take precautions, clean and disinfect, but you might just be looking at old age for the poor things

Incidentally - Sorgene - excellent strong disinfectant for agricultural use - need to go to an animal suppliers.

AnnaD



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 16 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I did half wonder if it was just due to the fact that they're rescues. A few people had said that they tend to start dropping dead at 18 months. But it's weird that it all happened so quickly and with the same symptoms. They died on average one a week.

BahamaMama



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 16 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are you going to the same supplier for the new chooks? Either a word with them to understand more about the history or a new supplier....

AnnaD



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 16 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No chance! A friend has got me 5 bluebell chicks which she is keeping for me until they're old enough to go outside. There's no way I'd get rescue hens again!

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