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  Hatcher
Posted by: april - 17-03-2018, 03:47 PM - Forum: Incubation & Hatching - Replies (3)

I would really like a separate hatcher so that I can stagger the eggs in the incubator.  Can't find anything that does the job for small quantities of eggs - certainly can get one if you are hatching hundreds of eggs.  Anyone got such a thing ?  I know the alternative is to have a second incubator and move eggs over for hatching but really thought a separate hatcher was the best idea.

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  Frozen water
Posted by: Squizzers - 17-03-2018, 08:57 AM - Forum: Feeding & Health Care - Replies (3)

So - any ideas on keeping water unfrozen, bar wandering up and down with fresh water sixty times a day?

I use old saucepans as water containers, so they freeze quite quickly in this sort of weather. I empty them of ice and then put tepid water in, just enough to keep them going for a couple of hours.

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  Breeding
Posted by: Squizzers - 15-03-2018, 06:42 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (7)

Any of you good folk breeding anything this year?

I've made up my breeding poems but haven't started collecting eggs to go into the incubator yet. My chick shed is full of 'stuff' at the moment so nowhere for electric hens and chicks apart from anything else.

I use an MS incubator (brilliant bit of kit) which is in the house, but my electric hens go into the above mentioned shed.

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  Politunnel
Posted by: Squizzers - 15-03-2018, 06:39 PM - Forum: Crops - Veggies, Fruit etc. - Replies (12)

Well I think that is how you spell it! Wink

Last year I managed to purchase a second hand politunnel but by the time it was put up it was somewhat late in the season.

Nothing loath, I got stuck in and planted beans, squash, aubergine, corn and tomatoes amongst other stuff. Well! I could hardly see the paths, everything grew nearly to the roof and I couldn't find, never mind eat half of what I grew. Rampant doesn't cover it.

This year I'm going to be a little more restrained. I don't think I need 50+ tomato plants, or 30+ climbing beans.

My tomstoes which are going in the hanging baskets are now up, but I think with another spate of cold weather this weekend I will wait until the middle of next week before putting in any more veg seeds.

What are you guys planting this year?

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  Welcome to the forum
Posted by: scotsfran - 11-03-2018, 07:41 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (6)

Welcome to our newest member - Eglwyseg

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  Eggs off eBay
Posted by: eggy - 06-03-2018, 10:57 AM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (9)

Quite peeved that the seller who advertised hatching eggs for sale hasn't actually got the quantity advertised until maybe this Thursday. Why advertise something you actually haven't got ?

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  Cockerels treading the hens
Posted by: eggy - 03-03-2018, 04:56 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (3)

Has the cold weather had any effect on the cockerels interest in the ladies ?

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  Lass
Posted by: k9crystal - 02-03-2018, 02:02 PM - Forum: Test Messages (deleted weekly) - Replies (5)

Happy birthday squizzers

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  Frozen drinking water
Posted by: eggy - 01-03-2018, 01:31 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (6)

Is there anything you can safely add to their water to prolong it from freezing ?

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  Dong Tao – A Rare Breed of Chicken in Vietnam
Posted by: dongtao - 28-02-2018, 04:05 AM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (5)

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Dong Tao chickens, better known as "Dragon Chickens" are native to Dong Tao Commune in Khoai Chau District. This is a special kind of chicken that looks horribly deformed but they are among the world's most expensive poultry as their huge thighs are a delicacy in Vietnam.

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It is very difficult to breed this rare species because they are extremely sensitive to changes of temperature  and weather and tend to lay fewer eggs than common chickens. Their huge legs and feet also make the hatching process more difficult, so more attention is needed from farmers to produce chicks.
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