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Met up with K9
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Its a flippin' miracle !
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Seriously, can you believ...
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antibiotics and Beryls fr...
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Introducing
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  Met up with K9
Posted by: april - 18-06-2019, 08:37 AM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (3)

Met up with K9 on Friday in Norfolk to hand over 7 Shetlands.  Was so lovely to see her (and her Mum and Dad) who came along for the ride.  We met at the Pub my relatives and I were staying in for the weekend and K9 stopped for a lovely lunch.  She is very well and is sorry that she still seems unable to access the forum - hopefully this will be resolved at some point.  She seemed very happy with her new birds and they all arrived home safely and are now settling in to their new home.

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  Its a flippin' miracle !
Posted by: april - 05-06-2019, 04:51 PM - Forum: Incubation, Hatching & Rearing (TGD) - Replies (5)

Have just had the most marvellous hatch of 13/14 Apricot Call Ducks from my incubator.  By anyone standards this is nothing short of a miracle - they are so hard to get to hatch.  It hasn't been easy.  I have done everything differently and it has meant me being tied to the house to make sure the incubator was watched like a hawk, especially the last few days during hatching.  But Hey ! well worth it and 13 little brothers and sisters for my lonely (thinks he's a person) singleton hatch from 2 weeks ago.  I'm a very happy bunny. Big Grin rabbit run

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  Seriously, can you believe it ?
Posted by: april - 12-05-2019, 07:56 PM - Forum: TGD General Chat - Replies (2)

Sitting in the garden this afternoon, enjoying the sunshine and chaperoning the ducks as they toddled around enjoying the warm weather and a bloody fox ran in to the garden and grabbed one of my lovely Call drakes and was gone.  We were sitting less than 5 meters away when this happened and were on our feet in seconds.  Gutted !  Minutes earlier the OH and I had been congratulating ourselves on having 25 fertile Call eggs in the incubator (unheard of).  Could cry, I really could.  Only good thing was that it wasn't my lovely old fella (now coming on 11) - pretty useless on the breeding front but such a lovely old chap and just recovering from a really horrible sinus infection from which I thought I would loose him.  He's an old friend and would have hated him to have died agt the jaws of a rotten old fox.

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  I must be losing the plot
Posted by: zenith - 12-05-2019, 06:37 PM - Forum: Gardens - Flowers, Lawns etc - Replies (7)

Having used many electrical garden aids over the years mowers, strimmer's etc without any problem. Yesterday I decided to trim the hedge, finished my side without any issue. I then thought I'd be a good neighbour and do the other side. I was working away and the hedge cutter stopped  Blush I stood there pressing the switch many times before I realised I'd cut through the cable. laugh It doesn't mater how careful you are accidents happen at any time.

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  Fowl Pox?
Posted by: Greenman - 07-05-2019, 04:21 PM - Forum: Feeding & Health Care - Replies (7)

Hi All

One of my old Sussex has what I can only diagnose (after looking at Pics on the net), as Fowl Pox.  Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas on how this may be treated?

Thanks in advance as always.

Dave

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  Introducing New Stock To Existing Flock
Posted by: Eglwyseg - 04-05-2019, 07:41 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (10)

Until this morning I had a flock of 7 brown hybrids who have behaved fairly well as a flock though they do have their bickering moments but usually swiftly sorted when deciding the pecking order.  They have been fantastic layers through the winter [no artificial light ever].  This morning I brought home two new members to join the existing flock and have to say I'm shocked at the behaviour of the existing 7 birds.  The new birds are again hybrids and bought them as P.O.L. but discovered one of them has layed today.

The problem has been, the reaction from the flock to the new birds.  It's like warfare in the pen with all 7 in turn picking and pecking the hell out of the newcomers but the old seven birds have also been extremely noisy.  

I sought advice when buying the new birds and was assured they will all settle down soon but at the moment I'm now not so sure.

Does anyone here know if the flock will settle or have I made a fundamental mistake in bringing in thee 2 new birds?

If the same behaviour is still here tomorrow then I'm half resigned to taking the 2 new birds back.

When I made the run and coop I planned for up to ten birds the run being a converted polytunnel 6 x 3 metres in size.  The coop is large and has 3 nest boxes to the sides.  I clean out the run and coop everyday day so hygiene is excellent and food and fresh water constantly added.  Also a small hopper of grit on hand.

Anyone help?   Will they settle?

Thanks.

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  Shetland Fowl Hatching Eggs
Posted by: april - 12-04-2019, 02:24 PM - Forum: For Sale - No Replies

I have Shetland Hatching Eggs available if anyone is interested (believed fertile).  Have achieved over 90% fertility and two 100% hatch rates.  Only breeding from stock with the preferred 'tappit' (head crest) and will only send out what I consider to be the correct colour eggs (that is Olive Green).  Will pack in padded poly boxes and send out first class - signed for.

£ 7.50 per 1/2 dozen + £ 5.50 postage.

pm or april@quizereus.plus .com

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  antibiotics and Beryls friendly Bacteria
Posted by: Teazel - 11-04-2019, 08:11 PM - Forum: Feeding & Health Care - Replies (2)

Well my frizzle named Squizzers has been poorly so I took her to the vet today.   She was prescribed Baytril 2.4 ml twice a day and Beryls Friendly Bacteria once a day.   The Friendly Bacteria stuff says that it doesnt work after being opened after 6 hours.  I am sure the vet said feed it everyday one hour after the antibiotics,  (he was foreign so difficult to understand Big Grin)  So that wont work.   It says feed monthly and the stuff I have feeds 12 chickens, so I could wait until after the 5 day course of antibiotics and then feed them all but the vet said Squizzers needed it every day at least one hour after the antibiotics.    Honestly why is nothing straightforward.......    So what should I do......

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  Introducing
Posted by: Teazel - 08-04-2019, 08:45 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (3)

I have a new pair of Pekins, Ernie and Erica.   They are being kept separate for a while although they can see the others through the wire.   I let them out with the others for a while every day but they get put back into their area for the night.    My warrens are being really horrid to them and poor Eric ends up underneath and if I didnt rescue him, he would take a real beating.   Eric seems to have sorted out the rest of the girls, its just the Warrens.   I dare not leave him out when I am not there at the moment.   If I remove the Warrens for a few days,  and then return them after Ernie  and Erica have spent more time with the main flock, do you think that will put the two Warrens down the pecking order??    I have to get them all in together before Easter as I have three lots or rabbits coming to stay and need their enclosure.....

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  100%
Posted by: april - 04-04-2019, 01:30 PM - Forum: Incubation & Hatching - Replies (9)

Just had my first ever 100% hatch - 18 fertile Shetland eggs and hey presto 18 little chicks.  Absolutely thrilled and whats more they all hatched in 24 hours and all pipped and got out within a an hour or two rather than taking ages.  Got a second lot of  to hatch next week………………….gosh no idea where they're all going if I get another large hatch !!  I'm a very happy chuckler today.

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