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by DuncanZA
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Feather pecking
Replies: 9
Views: 1744

Re: Feather pecking

Thanks very much for your suggestions everyone. The bumps beak bits have helped. Please excuse my not coming back to you before now - I fell down the stairs and both dislocated and broke my shoulder so things have been a bit trying while I've been recovering!


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by DuncanZA
Fri May 05, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Cream Legbar Egg Colour
Replies: 6
Views: 652

Cream Legbar Egg Colour

Would any of you lovely people have any idea why my Cream Legbars, laying beautiful blue eggs up to now, have started laying pale cream eggs recently?


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by DuncanZA
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: DEFRA approves A24 trap to kill hedgehogs
Replies: 26
Views: 2272

Re: DEFRA approves A24 trap to kill hedgehogs

And one more!


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by DuncanZA
Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Feather pecking
Replies: 9
Views: 1744

Re: Feather pecking

Thanks Chris. We're in Colwich, near Stafford and right next to the Trent and Mersey Canal and the River Trent!

I'm spending as much time as I can patrolling to keep the little devils apart but I can't wait to get these beak bits (I ordered the pliers too).


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by DuncanZA
Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Feather pecking
Replies: 9
Views: 1744

Re: Feather pecking

Thanks for your advice. I've ordered some Bumpa beak bits to try out. I've spent a lot of time watching them these last few days and have identified the culprits - I don't think it's Northern Mite or lice, Marigold. I try and monitor them regularly, handling them and checking them over and other tha...
by DuncanZA
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Feather pecking
Replies: 9
Views: 1744

Feather pecking

I wonder if anyone out there could please give me some advice? The hens have started feather pecking and it's getting desperate - a couple of them look practically oven ready. I have tried the Nettex anti feather pecking spray (goodness, it stinks too!), I have tried separating the likely aggressor ...
by DuncanZA
Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Avian Flu Prevention Zone Extended
Replies: 2
Views: 612

Avian Flu Prevention Zone Extended

The quarantine has been extended to the end of February- see the press release from DEFRA - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avia ... e-extended


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by DuncanZA
Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: New hens arrived today
Replies: 12
Views: 4932

Re: New hens arrived today

They seem to be getting on fine thanks Marigold and I will definitely post some pictures when I get a chance. Have been busy in the garden all day today and spent some time with the chickens in between lugging plants and bags of compost around. It's fascinating watching them go about establishing a ...
by DuncanZA
Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: New hens arrived today
Replies: 12
Views: 4932

Re: New hens arrived today

Thanks for all your comments and good wishes. Pleased to say they seem to be settling in. One of the Chamoise Friesians and one of the Cuckoo Marans are vying to be at the top of the pecking order already and have been chasing the others around intermittently all day. They're proving to be right lit...
by DuncanZA
Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: New hens arrived today
Replies: 12
Views: 4932

New hens arrived today

After a very long wait I picked up my new hens today. A long wait because having moved back to the UK in 2013 from South Africa I wasn't able to have any chickens (mainly because we were in a rented house when we moved back). In the meantime I've had to settle for reading back issues of Practical Po...

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