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by chrismahon
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Man vs. Mouse
Replies: 81
Views: 6832

Re: Man vs. Mouse

We put our dead mice in the septic tank Margaid- they do a great job of keeping it working properly. At the peak we had 13 traps going here catching house mice, but having caught around 300, in the last 3 weeks the remaining 6 traps have caught nothing, so hopefully we have wiped them out. At some s...
by chrismahon
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Pigs
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

Re: Pigs

It's not just people they eat. I remember talking to a friend about his India adventure where he spent a year travelling around. Apparently in Goa they have public toilets known as 'the pig toilets' where they are fed human excrement via chutes from above. No more details were given, so what happens...
by chrismahon
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Household bygones
Replies: 20
Views: 3510

Re: Household bygones

We had a pressure cooker 'explode' years ago and never used one again. The safety valve stuck and when it was tapped with a spoon the valve opened shooting the entire boiling contents (potatoes) over the kitchen ceiling. What would have happened if the valve wasn't freed I dread to think! The modern...
by chrismahon
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Mystifies Me!
Replies: 2
Views: 269

Re: Mystifies Me!

Could be weather or perhaps they sense the uncertainty surrounding Brexit? But seriously, unseasonably very hot followed by cold, wet and windy may have confused them?
by chrismahon
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Pecking order
Replies: 12
Views: 1365

Re: Pecking order

We have a pair that peck each others beaks to clean the bits of feed off. They also preen each others necks to remove new feather sheaths. These are very old hens so perhaps its a behaviour that develops in time? All the cockerels have hens that preen them and it isn't necessarily the top hen.
by chrismahon
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: nature notes
Replies: 150
Views: 11245

Re: nature notes

Back in 1990 I started an Open University degree course with a T101 Technology Foundation. One of the units covered sustainability and stated that the planet was only viable with 3% of the then current population. The rate of population increase was explained very simply by the fact that, at that ti...
by chrismahon
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Time to say goodbye to this batch. :(
Replies: 18
Views: 2042

Re: Time to say goodbye to this batch. :(

A chicken's brain is a very small target Tweetypie and when it came to say goodbye to our Basil we took him for his first and last visit to the vet, even though we have an air rifle and air pistols, as I couldn't bear to get it wrong. He was a huge chap (over 6Kg) so he had two injections, the first...
by chrismahon
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Houses
Replies: 37
Views: 4362

Re: Houses

Trying to post a better photo but have to admit this is all pretty complicated, which is why I haven't posted any photos for years. LG 720x540.jpg It actually worked! Now you can see some of the chicken coops. The slope of the land is a bit less on the ground than the image appears, presumably somet...
by chrismahon
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Toulouse eggs
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: Toulouse eggs

I'd class Toulouse as a 'heavy' goose breed and so, according to Katie There's book on incubation, the exact time for incubation isn't precise. The incubation period is 31 -33 days and hatching is 34 -36 days. Incubation is 37.5C at50% humidity and hatching is 37C at 75%. You haven't said what machi...
by chrismahon
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Toulouse eggs
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: Toulouse eggs

Not sure what the problem is here Jeffro, but when hatching the temperature is lowered and the humidity raised. So where were they before and for how long?

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