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  rats
Posted by: Teazel - 13-01-2018, 08:44 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (14)

We are having trouble with rats again.   We are putting all the feed hoppers away at night.   I have moved the guinea pigs into a cage as the rats were eating their food.   They have runs under the paving slabs the houses sit on but dont seem to be living there.  We have caught a few in traps and the cats have left us two dead and one live one in the house.    OH had an infra red camera for Christmas and that shows the little wotsits running around fort knox.   They are also eating the felt in the roof of the barn!

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  Avian Flu Dorset
Posted by: zenith - 12-01-2018, 07:35 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (1)

First time this year in wild birds in Dorset https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian...-in-dorset

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  First Egg of the Year
Posted by: Cockadoodledoo - 08-01-2018, 06:04 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (8)

One of my Chocolate Orpington girls gave me an egg today.   Smile Smile  I think last year it was February before I had an egg laid.

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  Keeping them out!
Posted by: PickyP - 06-01-2018, 02:16 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (8)

Can anyone give me some advice as to how I can keep my chickens out of the garden. They have a 3 acre paddock and meadow with a lovely wooded area, but insist on coming over the 5 bar gate into the garden and are currently digging up all my spring bulbs. I have clipped their wings but they can hop onto the gate and off the other side.

Does anyone have any idea how I can keep them out? OH is getting most upset Blush

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  Newest post - first
Posted by: mikswi - 04-01-2018, 08:57 PM - Forum: Using this website - How do I ? - Replies (1)

Can someone please tell me how to change the preview settings, that will put the newest post first, when I open a thread? I checked the User CP, if its there - I missed it.

Thanks!

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  [split] Supporting the forum ideas
Posted by: mikswi - 02-01-2018, 04:11 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (6)

Well I just became a supporting member, so this site has to stay up for at least another year! laugh

Maybe start another thread with ideas on helping the site grow?

  • Can we find some sponsors? Any sponsor would not only help support the forum, but it would expose this site to all of the sponsors customers. Exposure is the key to growth
  • In the U.S we have a chain of stores for agricultural needs. "Tractor Supply". Brochures could be left for new "Owners" when they have their annual "Chick Days".
  • Find a way to get the website into your local schools as an approved resource? Sponsor a project with kids that includes an essay?
  • Maybe members can donate some chicks to schools for a project?
  • Do you have Farm fairs/events?
  • Get in with the local FFA or animal clubs
  • Etc, Etc
I know very little about writing code, so I would be useless in helping to maintain the site on that end. Thoughts? Suggestions? Anyone?......

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Thumbs Up I am back!
Posted by: mikswi - 01-01-2018, 04:05 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (4)

Making my way back - after taking a break for several years! :o)

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  SHETLAND COCKERELS/French Copper Blue Maran
Posted by: april - 26-12-2017, 02:13 PM - Forum: FTGH - Free to a Good Home - Replies (5)

I have a few spare Shetland Cockerels available to the best homes.  Various lovely colours and all with the correct, preferred head tappit (plume of feathers).  Hatched late Summer so still very, very immature - Shetlands are very slow growers.  However, beautiful colours and markings starting to show through.  Shetlands carry the dominant GREEN egg gene and so almost all hen chicks they sire will go on to lay blue or green eggs.  When used over dark brown egg layers resulting hens should lay olive green eggs.  Shetlands are usually docile and good natured boys, hardy and long-lived. If anyone is interested, pm me for photos.  I have a road trip planned in January from Kent to Aberdeen and whilst I cannot detour, I might be able to meet at Motorway service stations on route.

I also have ONE French Copper BLUE Maran Cockerel (also hatched late Summer).  Stunning looking boy - just needs some nice ladies of his own.  He has been well handled.

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  Another sad morning
Posted by: zenith - 21-12-2017, 01:50 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (13)

I found my gold laced Wyandotte dead this morning  Sad This I hatched 10 yrs ago eggs sent all the way from Scotland by CDD  Smile So I have one little pekin left who's now on her own and the same age. This will be the end of my chicken keeping as I don't intend to keep any more. 

The Gold laced dotte was a lovely bird such a lovely gloss to her feathers.

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  the sneaky little 'dotte
Posted by: Nick the Grief - 16-12-2017, 03:25 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (7)

Went down the lotty this morning and strange noise coming from the nest box ... open it up and ... the crafty sodding Wyandotte cross had gone broody somewhere and turned up with 5 chicks !!! not sure what sort they are, might be gold, silver, wybar or mongrel as I've not got them in their breeding pens yet !


Dodgy

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