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by RichmondHens
Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Anti-mite perches
Replies: 13
Views: 1537

Re: Anti-mite perches

I'm sure you're right Marigold. Reducing availability of the mites' food source ie blood must have an impact on their breeding. I'm still not shutting the birds up and at the moment am thinking I'll leave the popholes open all winter unless the weather turns really nasty. We live on top of a hill an...
by RichmondHens
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Welcome and Forum Rules
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 6
Views: 1003

Re: Hello!

Hello from me too. I also have Minorcas. Excellent layers of large white eggs, easy to tame and very active. Eat everything and anything and consume grass at a rate only rivalled by locusts! Not noisy and flighty, but don't like being handled. My lot are currently demolishing windfall apples by the ...
by RichmondHens
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Anti-mite perches
Replies: 13
Views: 1537

Re: Anti-mite perches

Mites don't just crawl along perches, they will also live higher up near the roof then just drop off onto the hens at night. So just making perches "mite proof" isn't going to stop them, although I admire your efforts. At the risk of losing birds to foxes, my radical solution to reducing red mite po...
by RichmondHens
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Question!
Replies: 8
Views: 851

Re: Question!

I use real Creosote and neither me or birds have suffered yet! It is the only thing I have found to instantly kill mite and have a long lasting repellant effect afterwards. I also use copious amounts of DE each time I muck out as a belt and braces approach. As long as it is thoroughly dry when you p...
by RichmondHens
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: They walk amongst us.
Replies: 79
Views: 5758

Re: They walk amongst us.

I love this thread!
by RichmondHens
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: 800th egg!
Replies: 12
Views: 1147

Re: 800th egg!

Up till last September I had a gorgeous little black crossbreed bantam who died aged 13. She laid fantastically well all her life including a few eggs in her final year.
by RichmondHens
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: cock advise
Replies: 11
Views: 1084

Re: cock advise

Agree with HG. And unless you wish to breed, why keep a cock at all? They eat a lot more than the hens do. If you want to grow some on for meat then as HG says keep them well away from girls, out of sight and sound, and they will probably be ok together till 5 months or so. I've just fattened up 9 p...
by RichmondHens
Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Chicken Den
Replies: 4
Views: 920

Re: Chicken Den

Dont you find you have to go crawling around in there looking for eggs though? When my bantams were all free ranging they had a similar environment, plus barns/outbuildings, and I had an Easter egg hunt every single day!
by RichmondHens
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Contaminated eggs
Replies: 20
Views: 2626

Re: Contaminated eggs

I use Broadline on Greta (our cat) and she is always a bit off colour the next day, apparently frontline doesn't work on cats anymore. My small animal vet told me that in some areas fleas are becoming resistant to Frontline and recommended I change my cats' flea control. I now use Advantage. Using ...
by RichmondHens
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Gender bender hen
Replies: 15
Views: 2201

Re: Gender bender hen

I had a Minorca that did this. Hens only have one ovary, and it can stop functioning at any point, either due to age or disease as rick says. When this happens the male hormones sometimes take over and the bird can start to take on a male appearance. I've never heard of one being able to father chic...

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