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by Stapfam
Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: i had to laugh
Replies: 5
Views: 837

Re: i had to laugh

My granddad used to keep one pig on his allotment in London. He was only allowed to keep one and it was regularly checked to see that conditions were right for it and causing no problems. Come Christmas and it was slaughtered and butchered for distribution among the family. I never did work out how ...
by Stapfam
Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: New stock?
Replies: 12
Views: 1856

Re: New stock?

All the new hens for sale are kept in a separate building-inoculated if not done by the breader- wormed-Checked for mite and if any present the whole flock are dusted. The 10 to 14 days later they are for sale--Unless any problems arise within the new birds. But providing you have an eye- you can pi...
by Stapfam
Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:37 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: New stock?
Replies: 12
Views: 1856

Re: New stock?

Understand the quarantine side- and that is why the new run incorporates a Quarantine area. Space does restrict what I can do so it is adjacent to- and can be opened up -to the main run. My quarantine is for settling in and I will have to take my chance on any problems coming in. But Bianca stood ou...
by Stapfam
Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Young Chickens
Replies: 12
Views: 2760

Re: Young Chickens

I would not introduce birds younger than 16 weeks into an established group. And from experience- that is easier if the two "Family's" are in adjacent runs so that they can get used to each other a bit. Just bought 3 new hens today- 16 weeks and- and I have them in an adjacent run. Will be a couple ...
by Stapfam
Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: pellet ration?
Replies: 3
Views: 685

Re: pellet ration?

Allow them to take as much as they like. If in a stable then use a Hanging feeder so you can see if they are wasting it by throwing it around- but the right type of feeder and you will not get much waste. Once they are allowed free range then the amount of pellets they eat may go down but still ensu...
by Stapfam
Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: New stock?
Replies: 12
Views: 1856

Re: New stock?

Available materials are one thing that has to be borne in mind when building runs. Don't know if you can get 14ft corrugated roofing but 10ft is easy to find. I found "Wicks" to be the cheapest in my area by the way. And 8pm the new girls were ready for bed and roosting on top of the coop. Easy enou...
by Stapfam
Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: New stock?
Replies: 12
Views: 1856

Re: New stock?

http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj566/VolKS47/chickens/DSC00001.jpg 3 new girls- Black tail-a nera and a white ranger. Still very wary and skittish but settling in and found the food and water. Wife has named them and the white one is Bianca. She is white- and I do mean white- so no trouble fin...
by Stapfam
Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:05 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: New stock?
Replies: 12
Views: 1856

New stock?

Having extended my run for the bantams and made provision for a quarantine area within that run- I have decided it is time to get new stock for next year so today me and the wife are off to Mantel Farm near Battle in Sussex to get another 3 hybrids. Only started keeping chickens 4 years ago and init...
by Stapfam
Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:35 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Drainage
Replies: 7
Views: 2482

Re: Drainage

Drainage on Clay I have the same soil as my neighbours and it is clay based. I have bought extra land and have just under 1/4 acre but the neighbours have plots 30ftx 30ft. I am a keen gardener aswell which my neighbours are not but take the 30 x 30 of the original plot. I do not have a drainage pro...
by Stapfam
Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: 8 weeks and growing
Replies: 2
Views: 557

8 weeks and growing

Hatched around 10th May and they followed the wife home when they were about 7 days old. Mum and her 6 chicks are doing well and just beginning to lose the scruffy look of the down moult. Only two cocks out of the 6 and one is beginning show who's boss-- till the other one shows him who is boss. htt...

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