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Posted by: april - 14-04-2017, 11:06 AM - Forum: Incubation & Hatching - Replies (10)

Just candled my 20 Pekin Bantam eggs on day 5.  I have got 16 definitely fertile, 2 clear and 2 not sure.  Here's hoping for lots of little fluff-bums in a couple of weeks.  Should have a mix of Lemon, Silver and Gold Partridge.

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  How to de-broody !
Posted by: april - 07-04-2017, 10:36 AM - Forum: Incubation & Hatching - Replies (8)

I have found a really efficient and fool-proof method to de-broody a very persistent hen...........................give her a clutch of eggs you actually want her to sit on. mad !!

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Posted by: k9crystal - 04-04-2017, 09:22 AM - Forum: Test Messages (deleted weekly) - Replies (5)

Happy birthday,hope you have a lovely day. squizzers

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  hippo birdy two ewes
Posted by: Nick the Grief - 03-04-2017, 08:15 PM - Forum: Test Messages (deleted weekly) - Replies (1)

i wondered what that glow in the sky was ... happy birthday young Teazel

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Posted by: scotsfran - 03-04-2017, 07:46 AM - Forum: Test Messages (deleted weekly) - Replies (7)

Happy birthday k9 - have a fab day!! Happy panda

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Posted by: k9crystal - 03-04-2017, 07:23 AM - Forum: Test Messages (deleted weekly) - Replies (6)

Happy birthday to my birthday buddy. squizzers Happy panda

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  your opinion please.
Posted by: k9crystal - 30-03-2017, 09:28 AM - Forum: Creature Comforts - Replies (7)

When i had made the decision to have Rio pts i gave her some sedative after i had confirmed vet appointment.
This is something i have done with every dog so that i am the last person they see as they drift off not a vet with a syringe and needle.
We placed her right at the back of our estate car in the position the vet would find easiest. Once the vet came out Rio was snoring quietly,completely relaxed.
Young vet and nurse arrive,never seen either of them,didnt bother to introduce themselves.
nurse wanted to carry Rio into the surgery,Rio weighed around 40kg !!! I said no she was to go to sleep where she was,not being manhandled into surgery. Vet asked if i had sedated and seemed miffed when i said yes.She responded by telling us that it would make the job "more challenging" due to veins being collapsed. I replied that her veins would have been collapsed/difficult anyway as she was so poorly.She replied that a catheter would have to be used to which i replied thats fine,do whatever you have to do. She did struggle as first but i wasnt too bothered as Rio hadnt a clue what was going on, nurse kept wafting her hands about saying that her fingers were aching!!! They knew what breed therefore should know that they are big boned therefore should have appropriate equipment to help raise the vein ??
The vet made me feel i had done wrong,its never been an issue before,my usual vet wouldnt have commented,he would have just quietly got on with it.
I asked this question on a facebook page and had many replies that they sedate before the vet as i did.That made me feel a bit better.
Do i put in a complaint or do i just leave it and hope the vet learns a little more empathy under such circumstances.
What would you lovely people do ??

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  More brahmas on the way!
Posted by: Sutty - 27-03-2017, 10:13 PM - Forum: Incubation & Hatching - Replies (4)

30 buff brahma eggs went into the incubator on 23rd, due good Friday or the day before (they tend to be late). So hopefully easter chicks! Smile 

The girls are laying well, and I'll be able to report back on fertility soon if anyone is wanting hatching eggs?

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  Disaster !
Posted by: april - 27-03-2017, 11:30 AM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (8)

I've had the trio of SLW separated - very few eggs being laid of course because the hens weren't happy with the house move but then on Saturday one of the hens suffered a colossal prolapse that I couldn't persuade to go back - was bleeding quite badly and although the hen herself was flapping around as right as rain, I knew this would end badly.  Took the decision to cull almost immediately and so I am now left with just one SLW hen.  No point trying to collect eggs up from just one so they are back in with the main flock.  Meanwhile yet another fruitless search for hatching eggs close enough to collect but they're about as rare as the proverbial hens teeth.  Shame prolapse isn't as rare !!  Exactly the same thing happened to her sister last year and although I could get the prolapse back, she went downhill and I had to cull her as well.  Must have been a genetic pre-disposition in the line I had bought from.   Have one breeder who says they will start collecting eggs for me but I want to fill the inccy so (knowing how stingy SLW's are with their eggs), I may have quite a wait.

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  End of an era
Posted by: k9crystal - 27-03-2017, 10:15 AM - Forum: Creature Comforts - Replies (18)

yesterday we lost our last Bernese Rioja.
I bred her so saw her into the world and saw her out of it. She has been going downhill for a while but still had her spark until Saturday when she looked very tired although her tail still flapped whenever we spoke to her. She was a fruitloop as a youngster,one memorable occaision we couldnt find the chain that held her kennel door open,frantic searching praying she hadnt eaten it.Trip to vet out of ours on a Saturday evening !! and yep there is was, a ball of chain in her tum.As it was in a ball the vet decided to let nature take its course.So two days of poo prodding and it reappeared.She thought the whole thing hliarious but that was Rio, life was one big party to her. We didnt dare bend over near her as without fail her nose was shoved up your nether regions with some force,ive been tipped on the floor many times. She only saw a vet twice in her 11+yrs.Once for the afore mentioned chain and then again for Pyometra which she bounced through like nothing happened.Thats not bad going for the breed.
After 21yrs of having Bernese there is now a huge hole here.Its going to take some getting used to.
If any of you get the James Wellbeloved magazine,the vets Bernese is Rio's sister.
Rio..you were a joy for all of your 11and 3/4 yrs..nite nite sweetheart,we miss you so very much.

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