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by rick
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Youth Values
Replies: 36
Views: 2737

Re: Youth Values

I'm normal! My imaginary friend told me so! No, at least 50% of my office are gay or lesbian and are much more sensible and respectable than me. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, human nature changes on a much longer timescale than the ideas it generates. Youth are pretty much being blown by a hu...
by rick
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Red mite help
Replies: 8
Views: 819

Re: Red mite help

Aparasit seems to be mainly marketed for racing pigeons. I think Ficam W is more commonly used for mites and chickens. Personally, I don't like either as they are indiscriminate insecticides but you wont be alone in using that option so good luck.
by rick
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Old Music
Replies: 21
Views: 2321

Re: Old Music

I'm finding that most contemporary musical brilliance isn't happening in English, but also that the language barrier is mostly insurmountable (the only person I know who has properly listened to music I've enthusiastically shared is a swing bassist friend.) I've come to the conclusion that what driv...
by rick
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Red mite help
Replies: 8
Views: 819

Re: Red mite help

Hi Henboy and welcome! Mite can be a real pain! I know there are lots of different opinions out there as to what is the best thing to do - and different takes on it have worked for different people - but this is my take on it and its worked for me (its based on knowing the enemy!): Red mite have to ...
by rick
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Recycling!
Replies: 6
Views: 606

Re: Recycling!

Its builders sand/cement bags that are driving me crazy! Ive got a pile of 50 or 60 now, all marked with LDPE (No. 4 for recycling) but the only place I have found to take them are only interested in 5 tonnes! They are the same stuff as bread bags and shopping bags, which do have some support. Apare...
by rick
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: tips for hot weather?
Replies: 13
Views: 1614

Re: tips for hot weather?

Like you Ellen, I am lucky enough for it to be easy enough to run power to the run. Mine roost in the middle of the run in the sheltered open so getting hot is not so much of a problem as cold drafts in the winter when I have a white tarpaulin to cover the sides. I've got a small USB fan in there ju...
by rick
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Is it Me?
Replies: 7
Views: 634

Re: Is it Me?

I sense a recent bad experience Hen-Gen!? No - but - yes - in a way that I can only relate through a fondness of Japan in that there seems to be a thing with island cultures and a particular culture of politeness - maybe because of limited space and an elevated status (whoa! careful!) by being that ...
by rick
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: soft shells
Replies: 6
Views: 727

Re: soft shells

Shadrach wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:51 am
Could you be around enough to collect the eggs straight after laying?
Totally agree that that is pretty much the only solution. And the bad habit does diminish fairly quickly, given the chance. - Its just not that easy in a lot of practical situations.
by rick
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Eggless wonders
Replies: 22
Views: 2172

Re: Eggless wonders

Good luck from me too Tweetypie. It is a risky time for a super egg laying hybrid. Their oviduct and, I think, particularly the shell gland gets tired and worn out. There might be some lining involved with the larger 'egg', maybe. They do shed it occasionally (resulting in one description of a lash ...
by rick
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: ?lice
Replies: 11
Views: 2366

Re: ?lice

Hi Joe,
It will be very difficult with a large flock as the only way I know involves individual attention every couple of days for several weeks. How large is your flock? Do they have a good dust bath? - as that will put you on a much better footing to getting it under control.

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