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by chrismahon
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Welcome and Forum Rules
Topic: Newcastle Virus
Replies: 6
Views: 105

Re: Newcastle Virus

They only immunise for NV as a showing regulation Bigyetiman- you need to produce your valid certificate for each bird to enter the event. The immunisation is a 'dead' virus, so only effective for a year. As far as I am aware the UK practice of using live viruses on chicks isn't followed, presumably...
by chrismahon
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Welcome and Forum Rules
Topic: Newcastle Virus
Replies: 6
Views: 105

Re: Newcastle Virus

In France Newcastle virus is immunised by once yearly vaccination because of the consequences. In the UK it results in mass destruction of flocks as there is no immunisation programme. Basically Gardenfarmjunkie76 you will not be able to buy in for ages. Why not breed your own flock and make sure yo...
by chrismahon
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Can anyone tell me if australaup and black Orpington are the same breed. Or what are the differences
Replies: 4
Views: 696

Re: Can anyone tell me if australaup and black Orpington are the same breed. Or what are the differences

The Australorp and the Black Orpington were from the same origins, the Black orpington being created by William Cook in Kent. He crossed Minorca males with Langshan females then crossed the offspring with Plymouth Rock to create a utility breed- good for meat and eggs. Breeders in Australia imported...
by chrismahon
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?
Replies: 24
Views: 2377

Re: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?

Chickens get hay fever- some of ours are sneezing because of the lizard orchids. We know how potent they are because we brought some into the house and had to get them out very quickly!

Doubt a vet would know that.
by chrismahon
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Climate emergency
Replies: 12
Views: 1543

Re: Climate emergency

That's a disgrace Tweetypie and it's happening here as well. Half the woodland has been cut down since the 1990 mapping and these are oaks, so can't be replaced for a century. Of the remainder they have been thinned out to the extent that you can drive through them. We had so many bees here beginnin...
by chrismahon
Thu May 30, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?
Replies: 24
Views: 2377

Re: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?

Yes, it's definitely a job for two Sandrine and be careful when you open his beak so as not to strain the lower. I find wriggling a finger in-between the beak and then holding the top, which is fixed to the skull, is best. Don't know about New Hampshire Reds unless they are prone to eating disorders...
by chrismahon
Thu May 30, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?
Replies: 24
Views: 2377

Re: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?

Hi Sandrine. You didn't mention checking for cankers in his mouth and most importantly down his throat (you will need a torch). That could stop him eating and even talking and may explain the beak movements. Some breeds are prone to them- particularly Buff Orpingtons. We've had fatal cankers with al...
by chrismahon
Thu May 30, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?
Replies: 24
Views: 2377

Re: Poorly Peckford - Any ideas please?

His poo is typical of a sour digestive system, the slimy consistency with green flecks. Could also be cankers so check his throat and make sure his crop is empty in the morning. Green poo could also indicate an infection (although it should have food in it), so that could be his eye? He needs a vet ...
by chrismahon
Fri May 24, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Thermometers
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: Thermometers

These are massive differences Broadwaters! I wouldn't trust the digital all and my preference is for the cheap one. Reason I say that is because the thermometer on our Covatuttu was bang on and matched our Wilko cheapie, as near as was possible to tell. Guess you will need some more thermometers to ...
by chrismahon
Tue May 21, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Welcome and Forum Rules
Topic: Hello from France!
Replies: 5
Views: 188

Re: Hello from France!

Hello from France and welcome to the forum. We have very few laying hens now as all ours are old. We exported 28 chickens from England 7 years ago, lost another last night so are down to just 5- 4 Wyandottes that are 10 and still giving us the occasional egg and one TNN who is 8 and looks like she'l...

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