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  Loooong time, no use
Posted by: ChrisB - 19-06-2017, 05:02 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (9)

I took a mug out of my cupboard today and decided to see if everything was still running.  :-)

Why is the mug relevant - who has still got their 'Poultrychat Chuckler' mug?

It's great to see the same names I used to see.

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  Wood Burners ?
Posted by: zenith - 13-06-2017, 05:54 PM - Forum: Tools & Machinery - Replies (27)

I have read an old thread on here from 2009 but it didn't answer my question. We are thinking of having a wood burner fitted in the lounge. We currently have an open fire place, which I know will need opening up. I didn't know until I looked, just how many types of wood burner are available. My question is what is best cast iron or steel ? 

We have seen one that we really like but it is steel construction and not cast iron. It is defra  approved and the company fits to hetas standards, doing the building alterations too. I was just wondering what you all consider to be the best.

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Posted by: april - 10-06-2017, 05:24 PM - Forum: FTGH - Free to a Good Home - Replies (1)

This is a long shot of course...............................I am going to almost certainly have some Pekin boys available FTGH.  Lemon and Silver Partridge.  Nice breeding - looking good at the moment.  If anyone is interested and going to T's BBQ, just give me the nod and I'll save whatever you want from the end of a blue needle !!

Sorry - no hens - disastrously heavy on the boys hatch.

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  New Addition
Posted by: Cockadoodledoo - 08-06-2017, 08:22 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (4)

    Latest addition to Chocolate Orpington flock

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  Stoat attack
Posted by: alibali86 - 11-05-2017, 07:22 PM - Forum: Feeding & Health Care (TGD) - Replies (2)

I came back from a night away on Sunday to find the ducks had been attacked by what we think was a stoat/mink. Unfortunately one had already died and two have suffered wounds to the backs of their necks. They've been looked at by a vet who has prescribed painkillers and antibiotics, however they're clearly traumatised and in shock. Is there anything I can give them for a boost? I see there's a few tonics and vitamin & mineral supplements but is there anything specific anyone can recommend to help my girls? Thanks

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  ex batts and egg eating
Posted by: Teazel - 10-05-2017, 05:06 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (5)

We have 5 ex batts most of which look like they are laying.   However, unless we are quick and grab them out of the various nest boxes, they are eating them.   Tried the mustard trick,  they ate that too.     I am getting desperate, just now I found one with a bantam egg and the others were fighting to get to it.   I cant decide how many are doing it,  might be one or two or all of them.

It is getting worse and worse and what with all the money we spent on re doing fort knox after the fox attacks,  there doesnt seem a lot of point keeping hens that eat the eggs.     Angry

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  Silver Splash Sablepoot Cockerel
Posted by: PrettyandFluffy - 08-05-2017, 10:42 AM - Forum: FTGH - Free to a Good Home - Replies (2)

Young Cockerel, last year's hatch. Nice markings. Seeks new home where he can free-range at least some of the time. Photos available, please message me.
I'm near Faversham in Kent.

Thanks for reading.

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  Any ideas ?
Posted by: april - 04-05-2017, 10:42 AM - Forum: Incubation & Hatching - Replies (5)

I have a Pekin chick which hatched yesterday morning (with some assistance).  It has made absolutely no progress since then.  It is asleep virtually all the time (flat on it's front).  It gets to it's feet occasionally for a second but then falls straight back to sleep.  It's as if it hatched a few minutes ago.  The rest of the hatch are now in the brooder but I have left this one in the incubator and today I have started getting it out every couple of hours to dip it's beak in sugar water - I don't think it's actually swallowing any of it but I keep trying.  Anyone else experienced this or got any ideas.  I obviously won't let it go on too long but want to give it a chance in case the stress or shock of the assisted hatch has caused it to be completely exhausted but little else.

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  Unbelievable !
Posted by: april - 22-04-2017, 05:36 PM - Forum: Incubation & Hatching - Replies (4)

Just my blinkin luck.  Day 14 with 15 very healthy, fertile Pekin eggs in the incubator and guess what.........it breaks down.  Doing all sorts of rubbish - turning every few minutes even with the turner switched off.  None of the controls working - returned it to factory settings to find I couldn't change the humidity or temperature - what a nightmare.  Alarms going off left right and centre so I had no idea what the temp or the humidity was on.  Dash up the Motorway to borrow DD's really crap, Japanese jobbie.  Very basic with no humidity controls.  Anyway, eggs are in and fingers crossed.  Will be so disappointed if the eggs are ruined and in the meantime I've got a useless R.Com to try and get repaired if possible.

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Posted by: Cockadoodledoo - 19-04-2017, 01:14 PM - Forum: Wildlife - Replies (4)

I have a pair of swallows flew straight into the outbuilding where all of last years nests are.  They are early this year, it was 22nd last year and the year before it  was 24th.

How do they do it?      We think we are clever Exclamation Exclamation

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