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Dispatching!
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Chicken Lost A Lot Of Wei...
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Its a flippin' miracle !
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Fowl Pox?
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I must be losing the plot
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  Happy Birthday Zenith!
Posted by: scotsfran - 15-10-2019, 07:38 AM - Forum: Test Messages (deleted weekly) - Replies (2)

Happy birthday young man - hope you have a wonderful day!! Happy panda

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  Chicken Lost A Lot Of Weight
Posted by: Eglwyseg - 08-09-2019, 10:35 AM - Forum: Feeding & Health Care - Replies (7)

I had nine brown hybrids, then about a fortnight ago one of them became very lethargic.  I thought from what I know she was going into moult but that wasn't to be.

Soon she would stand in a corner and just look blank all day.  This went on for nearly a week when I picked her up to see if anything obvious was going on.

I was so shocked as I had expected to pick up a bird with at least a few pounds in weight. She barely weighed more than the feathers she sat in, her breastbone more like a knife.  Over the days she sat, she didn't look overly stressed but now gathered she must be rather desperately ill.

Having listened to others in the group say, if their chucks were unwell after say 48 hours then they never seemed to get better and best dispatch them.

Taking her away from the others I let her go quickly and cleanly.   Apart from her dramatic weight loss there didn't appear anything obviously, to me at least, wrong with her.

Now a week later, I suspect at the moment another one of my flock is starting to show the same symptoms as the first ill chuck.  Just stands in a corner, not moving simply staring into nothing.

I did notice also last night, though the rest of the flock chose to roost on perches outside the coop though undercover from the elements, she chose to climb into the coop and nestle on the floor without jumping up to a perch.

Has anyone had this experience with their chucks?  I would have thought if this malady was infectious then surely the whole flock would be down.

The chucks are well fed, Wynnstays'  layers pellets, get fresh water every day and I also clear out the poop on a daily basis as I believe in keeping the coop and run as clean as is possible.  The bedding in the coop and nest boxes is dust free wood shavings and the floor of the run shredded tree bark.  The flock have lived in these conditions for well over a year now.

As said earlier the ill hen doesn't appear to be in distress, she breathes well and I notice her sometimes takes a sip of water.

Any advice will be much appreciated.

Thank you.

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  Empty Nest !
Posted by: april - 22-07-2019, 11:50 AM - Forum: TGD General Chat - Replies (2)

So this weekend saw all my little Call Ducks go off to their new homes.  I have to say, I had the most amazingly nice people apply for them - I advertised them when they first hatched and asked applicants to reserve what they would prefer.  All but one of these applicants waited the full 7 weeks before they were ready (and had been sexed) and I think they all got the sexes they wanted.  I was really lucky in that I had many more females than drakes so was able to sell mostly trios.  One lovely family of 6 came for their pair but ended up having a second pair as well (which did knock the last person off the waiting list).  Nice to have my garden almost back to normal with my original gang of 5 plus an extra Drake that I kept to replace the one snatched by the miserable fox a few weeks ago.  Almost all of this years Shetland Poultry have gone too, except for several cockerels that I am hanging on to for a while longer in case I get anyone contact me for one.  I'm also keeping a new cockerel and am blowed if I can decide which one yet, so these lucky boys get a bit longer before they have to be dealt with.

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  Sharp decline in Rabbit numbers
Posted by: zenith - 26-06-2019, 03:49 PM - Forum: Wildlife - Replies (6)

Has anyone else noticed the sharp decline of rabbit numbers in their area. I have a few places here where I usually see plenty of rabbits. This year hardly any at all, I know predator numbers are on the up, but there must be something else causing the decline.

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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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