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by Marigold
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 26
Views: 314

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Here's my last pic that hybrids are the way to go and my ex battery hen, Barbie-doll :-) and me (today) ... I was warned about "morehen" disease by the wise birds on here and unfortunately I have developed it :? :-)10 Delightful photo! Such love!! xxx They're just waiting for you to come and collec...
by Marigold
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 26
Views: 314

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

i think that, once the initial excitement has worn off, your children will be more likely to go on taking an interest if they can collect eggs every day, and for this you need consistent layers. There's nothing like collecting, cooking and eating your own lovely fresh eggs, it still thrills me to bi...
by Marigold
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 26
Views: 314

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

I now let mine out all day on my garden, when I am home. I've had to put netting around my flower borders and raspberries, to stop them dustbathing in there. They love exploring and hiding under the shrubs, for shade. I sprinkle a few layers pellets on the lawn in the middle of the day, to keep the...
by Marigold
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 26
Views: 314

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Wyandottes are certainly very pretty, but has the breeder discussed whether they have a tendency to go broody? Unless you intend to let a broody sit on eggs, every time a hen goes broody you have to isolate her in the light until her hormones calm down and she can rejoin the flock without spending a...
by Marigold
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 26
Views: 314

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Ccongratulations! re Black Rocks - these are a cross between Rhode Island Red and Barred Plymouth Rock, and legally, the registered name Black Rock should only be used for pullets from the Muirfield hatchery at CrossLees Farm or their registered dealers. See https://poultrykeeper.com/chicken-breeds/...
by Marigold
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 26
Views: 314

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

We are hoping for photos by the weekend ........
by Marigold
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Hybrid Chickens
Topic: Hybrid sizes
Replies: 5
Views: 102

Re: Hybrid sizes

Columbian Blacktails are golden brown, with a jaunty little upstanding black tail. The ones I've had over the years have all been characterful and friendly little birds who laid disproportionately large eggs for their size. Lots of other hybrids have various kinds of brown or browny-grey plumage, of...
by Marigold
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 26
Views: 314

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Well, as you’ve found a good supplier and have been to see the birds, and do feel attracted to them, now is a good time of year to get launched and buy some. Get three, all different, and take the suppliers advice on which ones will be likely to be placid and settled. Within a week or so, you’ll hav...
by Marigold
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: nature notes
Replies: 78
Views: 2104

Re: nature notes

Try a large, shallow bowl (a big pottery plant saucer is good, more stable than plastic) and place it on the ground in an open spot where the birds can feel safe, preferably near to a tree or Bush where they can perch and reconnoiter, before flying down, just as you would for feeders. Like a mini-po...
by Marigold
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house
Replies: 50
Views: 547

Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

I think your most likely culprit may be these: Harvest mites. Absolute bug***s! When I had outdoor cats, they used to sometimes get them. They are very tiny, almost invisible to the naked eye. But, they do congregate on grass, shrubs etc. https://www.the-piedpiper.co.uk/th5i.htm#harvestmite I'm scr...

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