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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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  The cold spell !
Posted by: zenith - 12-12-2017, 02:20 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (6)

I think the recent cold spell has not helped one of my old girls, she wasn't looking too well yesterday and today she's in the nest box refusing to come out today. All three are 10 yrs old so have had a good innings so far, I will miss her as she's the bully out of the   three only the wyandotte puts her in her place. I suppose the minus temps of last night have not helped her any.  Sad

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  auntsally
Posted by: k9crystal - 06-12-2017, 09:22 AM - Forum: Test Messages (deleted weekly) - Replies (5)

Happy birthday mega happy

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  How early do you hatch?
Posted by: Sutty - 04-12-2017, 12:45 PM - Forum: Incubation & Hatching - Replies (6)

I'm planning to hatch some more brahmas this spring. I have hatched quite late sometimes (October), so was just curious how early in the year people have had decent hatch rates (without artificial light to encourage the birds). I've previously waited until there are lots of eggs, rather than using early ones. I'm tempted to try as soon as enough eggs being laid and I see the cocks are treading the hens. Of course hatching early or late theoretically has the advantage of selecting for birds that lay for a longer "season".

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  Happy Birthday Squizzers
Posted by: zenith - 15-11-2017, 11:06 PM - Forum: Test Messages (deleted weekly) - Replies (8)

I know I'm about 35 minutes early, but a little bird told me it was a BIG BIRTHDAY this year . Now me being a gent of sort and never asking a lady her age ,wasn't up to scratch when asked. I know I just wanted to be first to say enjoy your big day in every special way. Have a lovely day my friend I hope it is as special as you are.

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  Busy Morning with Chainsaw
Posted by: Cockadoodledoo - 06-11-2017, 01:15 PM - Forum: Gardens - Flowers, Lawns etc - Replies (7)

Outside at daylight, poultry given breakfast, came inside and we had breakfast, then we spent 4 hours in our small willow wood cutting it all back.  Thick branches for the woodburner next year, medium branches for weaving fences and bird feeding places.  Incinerator going for all the tiny twigs - all in all, a very satisfying morning.  Too much time wasted watching the birds - woodpeckers, chaffinches, blue tits, long tailed tits, blackbirds etc.,  our resident buzzard and heron and our tame robin.

Now we are going to have a large bowl of home made vegetable soup and some home made bread  Smile

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Rainbow My elderly ex-batt Agnes
Posted by: chickenmum - 14-10-2017, 04:22 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (4)

Bless her.  I rescued her on 15 March 2014 and she pootled round my garden for 3 and a half years.  A smart girl who used to jump right onto the treat bin when I opened it, very friendly and made the loveliest whiffle noises.  I saw she was slowing down and one morning I found her alert but lying on one side.  Brought her in and tried scrambled eggs and sweetcorn but she just wasn't interested.  I made the fatal appointment at the vet and he thought she had a virus not a stroke because she was totally alert apart from loosing her strength.  I knew I had to let her go amid loads of tears.  Just before I let the vet take her she looked me right in the eye as if to say, it's ok, I'm ready to go.  It's a long time since I've cried like that over one of my girls, but she was just kind of special.

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  Pups off to new homes next week.
Posted by: k9crystal - 07-10-2017, 11:59 AM - Forum: Creature Comforts - Replies (5)

Last pup sold last night.They will be off to their new homes next week.I only have to think about it and i fill up!!
im sure im getting softer as i get older.
selling them has been hard work,there are some really stupid people out there, comments such as:
Is this item still for sale....ITEM !!
whats your best price ? whats the lowest you will take? !!! Blocked
what breed are the parents? Ad clearly states Patterdale Terrier.
Too active for us so we have changed our mind and we are buying a labrador !!! good luck with that.

The friend that had booked one is now not having her as he rescued a beagel/cocker spaniel 2 mnths ago and its shown them its teeth on numerous occaisions and 2weeks ago at 6mnths old it attacked and ragged a relatives 12week old puppy.So i gave him the ultimatum of its that dog or my puppy not both,they are keeping the rescue so puppy has been booked by another friend to live with her and her lakeland terrier, so that has worked out well. I will get to see her regularly as said friend often comes into the shop.
My pup is called Peggy,friends is Morrigan. One boy is Ralf, the others are still deciding.

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