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by Marigold
Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: This is heartening
Replies: 7
Views: 296

Re: This is heartening

Couldn't agree more all round. But we are an unusual bunch! (on the cutting edge of chicken welfare.) The numbers always send me reeling - 1 billion broilers in the supply chain, living for 10 weeks maybe? so something like 4 or 5 billion a year going through. What will be annoying is the inevitabl...
by Marigold
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: This is heartening
Replies: 7
Views: 296

Re: This is heartening

That's excellent news, Rick. A step on the way - but It's still better to buy organic chicken if possible, though, as standard are higher. Even the new minimum standards are pretty poor, compared with organic, let alone what we all provide for our lovely birds.
by Marigold
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Arberaker breed?
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: Arberaker breed?

With that genetic mix, they should have amazing hybrid vigour.
by Marigold
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Eggless wonders
Replies: 10
Views: 806

Re: Eggless wonders

They're called wind eggs, or in less polite circles, fart eggs.
See http://www.aviculture-europe.nl/nummers/07E03A06.pdf
-you'll learn a lot, most of which you'd rather not have known about!
by Marigold
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?
Replies: 56
Views: 5266

Re: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?

Home-grown chicks are not usually vaccinated against anything, as you say, Rick, because the vaccine come in large batches to treat hundreds of chicks so less economic for just a few. However, the vaccine are not horrendously priced if you're a non-commercial 'pet' keeper who is willing to invest ag...
by Marigold
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Hatching in Eglu go
Replies: 12
Views: 1175

Re: Hatching in Eglu go

Well done, Sally! she was obviously happy in her eglu after all! Do let us know how they get on.
by Marigold
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?
Replies: 56
Views: 5266

Re: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?

I'm afraid that the only answer if mycoplasma is inherent in the flock is an all-out policy, followed by very thorough disinfectation of the whole premises and equipment, and then re-stocking with vaccinated birds from a trusted source. Difficult if the flock are pets, as yours are, Sandrine, - whic...
by Marigold
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Linseed oil for internal painting of coops ?
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: Linseed oil for internal painting of coops ?

Does the linseed oil have heavy fumes? That's always a problem with painting coops inside - the more effective the remedy, the harder on the birds when they're roosting. Has the coop got a felt roof? If so, the mites will have got between the layers and the only way to deal with them would be to rem...
by Marigold
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Eggless wonders
Replies: 10
Views: 806

Re: Eggless wonders

The main change you've missed is that they're all a year older! From their second summer onwards they will slow down their lay whatever the weather, but particularly in hot conditions. They'll no doubt be thinking about a moult this year, and then they won't have any energy to produce eggs as well a...
by Marigold
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?
Replies: 56
Views: 5266

Re: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?

Glad to hear it all sounds so positive. Chickens have an incredible immune system (they need it) but are also very high performance in the repository department. All birds are (well most) with their air sacs, pump through lungs, hollow bones etc. It means that a repository infection can spread almo...

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