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by chrismahon
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: To hatch or not to hatch...
Replies: 5
Views: 501

Re: To hatch or not to hatch...

Putting chicks under a broody hen is the standard way of rearing here Marigold, as broodies can be unreliable hatchers but make good rearers. As we know rearing is the most work, especially in the first few weeks. We've had a broody eat her chicks as they hatch, not unusual, but it is perfectly norm...
by chrismahon
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: barely conscious hen
Replies: 14
Views: 833

Re: barely conscious hen

Our vet said the lethal dose of anaesthetic injection was very painful because of the quantity necessary. In the case of 6Kg Basil he had a small general anaesthetic injection, which to the amazement of the vet took about 5 minutes to work. She wasn't convinced he was completely unconscious so he th...
by chrismahon
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: A new house
Replies: 18
Views: 1415

Re: A new house

Just read this post and it's a good point about them using the coop to launch over the fencing- I hadn't thought about that Tweetypie. We're STILL in the process of building a proper enclosure. Have put 150m2 of grass down to replace weeds, cut back bushes, marked out and measured the area (232m2 us...
by chrismahon
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Fertility
Replies: 13
Views: 1450

Re: Fertility

The only time we've really noticed a serious deterioration in shell quality is with hybrids- in as little as 12 months. Pure breeds tend to produce larger eggs in time but with the same amount of shell- so therefore it is a bit thinner overall. However that isn't always the case and the Wyandottes h...
by chrismahon
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Fertility
Replies: 13
Views: 1450

Re: Fertility

Infertility could easily be down to a vitamin deficiency and as Marigold shows the Copdock stuff is decidedly inferior to the aforementioned. My preference has always been for Allen & Page, primarily because the pellets are small. In the case of our cock he was given 2 mL cod liver oil with multivit...
by chrismahon
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Fertility
Replies: 13
Views: 1450

Re: Fertility

Breeding from older hens- over 3 years, is my preference as undesirable traits have surfaced by then and can be excluded. Our last breeding was with 6 year old Wyandottes. However cocks over two can be problematic in fertility and our 18 month old had to be replaced as only 1 egg in 50 was fertile. ...
by chrismahon
Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: impacted crop and smelly diarrhea
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Re: impacted crop and smelly diarrhea

It doesn't sound very good unfortunately Chickenfan. We have cleared digestive impactions before, simply by giving them only water and keeping them moving about. In practice that means letting them wander about the garden which carries the risk of them eating things that worsen the impaction. Genera...
by chrismahon
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: impacted crop and smelly diarrhea
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Re: impacted crop and smelly diarrhea

Hopefully her crop is full of water that she has drunk Chickenfan. With sour crop the poos will be very smelly and slimy, but I would expect the crop to empty overnight. You are doing exactly what we would- she wouldn't get food until she is just pooing water. If she is dehydrated that indicates she...
by chrismahon
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Weather
Replies: 79
Views: 8912

Re: Weather

Been through Newton Solney a few times Hen-Gen, but never to that particular pub. Last visit was to buy a church pew I think, but that seems like a lifetime ago. Know Willington to the North a lot better- done all those pubs. Lived Northwest of Derby before that and then the middle of Lichfield. Spe...
by chrismahon
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Weather
Replies: 79
Views: 8912

Re: Weather

It's turned decidedly cooler down here today- forecast is 15C and cloudy, down from 22C and sunny yesterday. Still no rain so we are having to water plants already! We lived just outside Burton upon Trent Hen-Gen and for many years used to drink Marstons Pedigree. During my many return trips (for in...

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