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  A pretty good hatch to cheer me up!
Posted by: april - 26-05-2018, 03:17 PM - Forum: Incubation & Hatching - Replies (8)

Well after my recent fox disaster and loosing nearly all my lovely Shetlands, I have at last some good news.  10 out of 13 hatched in the incubator and a 100% 6 out or 6 under a broody.  16 in total and I don't even mind about how many boys as I will need to keep two myself so want a good number to be able to choose the best ones.  Call Ducks - not so brilliant - just one hatched in the inccy out of 5 (not unusual sadly) but I have another 5 on the go and some under their mum (not that that gives them much more of a chance).  Second incubator now all set with 16 of Suttys Brahmas and a final 2 Shetland eggs.  Keep everything crossed for me and I'll keep you posted.

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  Hatching eggs
Posted by: scotsfran - 24-05-2018, 09:01 AM - Forum: Incubation & Hatching - Replies (3)

A friend of mine has a broody hen and would like to try for some chicks. Does anyone have any they can offer please? She is not fussy about the breed other than large fowl and 'something interesting'!!

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  Few photos of spring
Posted by: Nick the Grief - 13-05-2018, 09:00 PM - Forum: Wildlife - Replies (4)

Every year I try and photograph the local blue bells, but the last couple of years I haven't for one reason or another so this year I made the effort to charge the batteries in the camera and went out and took half a dozen photo's on the way back from the lotty so here they are ... 1 is the bluebells, 2 is of the beech trees looking into the canopy - I love beech woodland and the final one is the little driveway to my lotty where I keep the chooks ...            

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  Fat Balls
Posted by: april - 02-05-2018, 07:21 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (2)

Because my remaining chickens are now on lock-down for several weeks and because I feel as guilty as hell and want to spoil them rotten, I'm looking for lots of enrichment ideas.  Do any of you give your hens Fat Balls ?

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Posted by: april - 01-05-2018, 09:50 AM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (16)

I am completely done in.  I just don't know what to do next.  I suffered another fox attack yesterday and again, lost nearly all my birds.  We had installed a security camera only on Saturday and have been able to see the whole thing on the tape.  It is horrific - the fox was in the run for 8 minutes and killed 14 lovely birds, including all but 3 of my young Shetlands.  Watching them running for their lives, being caught and ripped apart his heart breaking.  Believe it or not, it got in by dropping down through the roof - a gap of no more than about 4 in square.  I feel numb this morning.  All I can do today is try to clear up the terrible mess, keep the remaining birds on shut-down and nurse poor Kellogs (who has survived but injured AGAIN).  I have Shetland eggs in the incubator but honestly, I feel like switching it off.  I can't keep going through this.  I am back to square 1.

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  New Incubator
Posted by: april - 29-04-2018, 06:40 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (4)

I've finally taken the plunge, saved up my pennies and ordered a second R-Com Incubator.  It should arrive tomorrow and I have my first batch of 20 Shetland eggs from my new stock ready to go in.  I don't need any more Shetlands but feel I must do a test hatch before offering hatching eggs for sale (which I intend to put on ebay and preloved.  Ever egg I crack open appears fertile so I am hoping for the test hatch to be productive.  I will candle them on day 5 and see how many are 'goers'.  I am using my original inccy for Call Ducks at the moment (with the same level of failure as usual).  Just 5 fertile in there at the moment but actually, this is very early in the season for Calls and unfortunately my new young drake had quite a nasty leg injury which has put him out of action for the past 3 weeks.  He is back to full fitness now and back in with the girls so I'm hoping he'll get back to work and I can get a decent number of fertile eggs on the go.  I have 10 sitting in a nest box but none of the ducks seem willing to sit so sadly they will probably have to be wasted (fertile or not).  Anyway having 2 incubators should help no end - it's very difficult when you have 2 different species requiring different incubation.  Fingers crossed for some chirping and quacking in the not too distant future.

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  Run Repairs needed
Posted by: zenith - 28-04-2018, 06:17 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (4)

I think I need to make repairs to the rotten wood on the pen.!  Yesterday I found our French Bulldog in there  woot she had eaten cauliflower  I had put in there earlier and the mixed corn too. One sick dog afterwards that might teach her I thought ! no I found her in there again today.  mad She's now in the dog house and my bad books again.

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  Crop problem
Posted by: scotsfran - 21-04-2018, 12:39 PM - Forum: Feeding & Health Care - Replies (5)

Hi - I'm asking on behalf of a friend. Her Silver Sussex's crop does not seem to empty on one side - she's always had a huge bulge there. No smelly breath. She is two years old. The hen has been kept in with only water for 24 hours - any ideas/advice anyone??

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  Over amorous cockerel
Posted by: Lass - 17-04-2018, 09:35 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (4)

My friend has 3 bantams - bought as 3 pullets but one turned out to be a cockerel. He’s had them a couple of years with no problems.

Recently the cockerel has taken to treading the girls roughly and excessively. My friend is worried the hens are going to get injured. He has been letting the hens out to free range and leaving the cockerel in the run, which he’s not happy about.

I suggested he needs to get more hens but he doesn’t want to do this. The hens already wear saddles.

Any other ideas? This has only started very recently so I’m wondering if the delayed spring has caused his hormones to go haywire and hopefully he might settle back to normal soon.

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Big Grin New girls, need names please
Posted by: chickenmum - 12-04-2018, 02:19 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (8)

I've just rescued 4 new girls.  Very cute indeed, in their tatty feathers.
They have yellow, purple, blue and orange leg rings and I need names ideas please.
I was thinking Iris for the purple and Primrose for yellow but am stumped for blue and orange.  Help

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