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by chrismahon
Tue Apr 20, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Old fashion heat lamp?
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: Old fashion heat lamp?

The heat plates, or electric hens as they are also called, use an awful lot less electricity. But the chicks soon outgrow them and we ended up with two, one small and one large with adjustable height feet. Then you will need to go back to a lamp anyway. We use a red lamp to start (first few days), t...
by chrismahon
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 1123
Views: 51179

Re: Coronavirus

The minimum age for the Astrazeneca vaccine here is 55, but most other EU countries it is 60. The instruction here now is people under 55 who have had Astrazeneca must not have their second jab- instead they are to have either Pfizer or Moderna. Whether this is because the side effects are worse on ...
by chrismahon
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 1123
Views: 51179

Re: Coronavirus

That article from 'Connexion' is 'infox'- the French word for mis-information. They have found a link to the blood clotting and it can occur to someone with a low platelet (whatever they are) count. Predominately women under 55 are affected, although there has been a fatality of a 63 year old here, ...
by chrismahon
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Thin-shelled egg
Replies: 9
Views: 296

Re: Thin-shelled egg

They need a Calcium /Phosphorous balance at around 8 /1 to move the Calcium from store in the bones to the egg shell- these proportions should be in the feed, so adding extra Calcium grit may make it worse by creating a mineral imbalance. Calcium for the egg shell doesn't come from the feed directly...
by chrismahon
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Vent gleet or lice?
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Re: Vent gleet or lice?

Lice stick their eggs in clusters around the base of the feathers. Your photo appears to show a very early case which can be treated by dusting with louse powder. We use one little spray on the egg area of Johnsons dog or cat flea treatment, which isn't meant for chickens but does work. You won't be...
by chrismahon
Wed Mar 10, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: nature notes
Replies: 522
Views: 45431

Re: nature notes

I thought so as well.

Reminded of the origin of Calgary Bay in Canada- it was named after the childhood holiday destination Calgary Bay on the Isle of Mull where we have also spent many a happy time.
by chrismahon
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Coop for 10 hens - recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 647

Re: Coop for 10 hens - recommendations

We bought our Solway from Margaid for emergencies and have had it in use for 3 years now. Originally it had one internal nest tray but an external box had been fitted. Ventilation is poor and we added mesh to keep creatures out. It leaks a lot and needs a lot of sealing. Access is poor as the back d...
by chrismahon
Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: What do you think about this coop for four hens?
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Re: What do you think about this coop for four hens?

Ideally you would want the coop off the floor to make cleaning out easier on your back and to discourage rats, which have a habit of tunnelling under coops to make nests near a food supply. Ours are about 18" high, which is plenty for chickens to get underneath and the frame is of very simple constr...
by chrismahon
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Coop for 10 hens - recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 647

Re: Coop for 10 hens - recommendations

My advice would be to halve the number the manufacturer claims will fit in, so you will be looking for a 20 bird coop. We have two coops on stilts made from old sheds, which means an awful lot of modification. Both suit 10 maximum and are 6' x4' floor area. Ventilation and access for cleaning are im...
by chrismahon
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Electric fencing advice please
Replies: 3
Views: 232

Re: Electric fencing advice please

Firstly don't use an energised electric net, because stopping it earthing is near impossible. Both our enclosures use the wire mesh or electric net as the earth circuit. About a foot outside that we run two energised wires on posts at 8" and 18" height. Both are battery powered energisers which, if ...

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