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by chrismahon
Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly Ex-Batt.. Any idea?
Replies: 23
Views: 275

Re: Poorly Ex-Batt.. Any idea?

Looking at the photograph it's possible she is just bunged up with a solid plug of poo, probably stuck to feathers. Needs to be washed/ soaked away and her rear cleaned up immediately. Could be poo is rotting inside her and she is egg bound. It's not a prolapse and as said it's best not to isolate h...
by chrismahon
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Using straw on the floor
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: Using straw on the floor

Straw makes a great hiding place for red mite Rick, as our neighbour found out. Nothing much could be seen, but the chickens wouldn't go into the coop at night and inspection of the perch in the dark revealed it was absolutely crawling with them. All the straw was burned and the coop sprayed repeate...
by chrismahon
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Limping Pullet - Worried about Marek's. Really worried about my beautiful girls.
Replies: 8
Views: 233

Re: Limping Pullet - Worried about Marek's. Really worried about my beautiful girls.

Is it something simple like their perch is too high? We've found 15" is the maximum and it needs to reduce as they get older.
by chrismahon
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Shadrach's stories and articles.
Replies: 28
Views: 2677

Re: Shadrach's stories and articles.

Wonderful article Shadrach. I completely agree with everything you have observed, as we have. We were lucky enough to have a tame cock- he lived in the house with us for nearly 7 years. He used to peck on our legs (or visitors) for a cuddle, at which point he would fall fast asleep and snore. We too...
by chrismahon
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: BBMF Dakota
Replies: 14
Views: 805

Re: BBMF Dakota

Reminds me of a story my friends father told me. He was a fitter at Rolls Royce aero engines and said that the spitfires had an emergency boost level which, when activated, broke a wire seal. If the seal was broken the engine was immediately returned for a refit. During the war tools were scarce, so...
by chrismahon
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: My pullets are moulting
Replies: 9
Views: 1175

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: 1175

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: 1054

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: 1427

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: 897

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...

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