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by chrismahon
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: My pullets are moulting
Replies: 9
Views: 105

Re: My pullets are moulting

Another reliable indicator of them coming into lay, regardless of their age, is the size of their poos. A week before they lay the poos will increase in size dramatically, from dozens of small ones to a few big. If you clean out the coop every day and particularly if you are using newspaper under th...
by chrismahon
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: My pullets are moulting
Replies: 9
Views: 105

Re: My pullets are moulting

They won't be moulting as such, but they do lose small feathers and grow bigger ones as they themselves grow. At the moment they should still be on rearer pellets- change to layers pellets when you get the first egg.
by chrismahon
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Hen-keeping book
Replies: 11
Views: 435

Re: Hen-keeping book

Storey's Guid to Raising Chickenswritten by Gail Damerow ISBN 978-1-60342-469-1. This covers everything in great detail and is the only book you should ever need.
by chrismahon
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Amazon
Replies: 11
Views: 857

Re: Amazon

Isn't that MP's all over. Same here- they are paid so it's a job worth grabbing. Amazon- what a horrible employer. I Had a similar experience working for Toyota. I had quit before I hit someone- the 'Management' were just a load of bullies and at the time I had a hip problem which meant I couldn't r...
by chrismahon
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: How much artificial light to boost laying
Replies: 2
Views: 238

Re: How much artificial light to boost laying

We tried this and concluded the resulting mess with poo and shavings in the water and feed wasn't worth the effort. A 2'x3' house is not enough space for chickens to be awake in and they need time to rest from laying anyway. We used a large (and heavy) leisure battery so there was no dependency on s...
by chrismahon
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Winter preparations
Replies: 7
Views: 620

Re: Winter preparations

Ours hate wind, even a moderate breeze and will go into the coop to escape it, meaning they don't eat or drink. It depends I think upon their age and type of feathering, because fluffy birds get their feathers lifted, which removes the insulation and they get cold. We have solid barriers to the West...
by chrismahon
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Any just cause ....
Replies: 7
Views: 512

Re: Any just cause ....

The system here is a bit different so you only get permanent residency if you stay married, or have been here for 5 years. A French friend of ours married a Romanian woman and 5 years to the day she left him and went off on here own, having acquired the rights of residency and importantly healthcare...
by chrismahon
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Tomorrow is H-Day and the Easichick isn't here!
Replies: 7
Views: 618

Re: Tomorrow is H-Day and the Easichick isn't here!

We use newspaper or publicity brochures in all our coops now and scoop the poo from the surface every day. The paper is changed when it gets wet or too dirty. Can't see a problem with cat litter. Just thought of a major potential problem with cat litter- they could see it as grit and eat it. Obvious...
by chrismahon
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Hen had sour crop - now wont eat much and is generally feeling sorry for herself!
Replies: 1
Views: 347

Re: Hen had sour crop - now wont eat much and is generally feeling sorry for herself!

Sour crop will be accompanied by slimy smelly poos so it sounds to me like a digestive impaction. This can be caused by worms in large numbers preventing any undigestible solids from passing through the gut- in our case it was often cherry stones. After the digestive system blocks the crop contents ...
by chrismahon
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Is there anybody there?
Replies: 11
Views: 1254

Re: Is there anybody there?

Still hear Margaid. Been rather too warm to do much work other than the never-ending task of digging out brambles. Making progress but they will always be a problem without livestock grazing the areas. Today is cooler but at last it's raining, which will make digging brambles easier- I'm focussing o...

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