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by Hen-Gen
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Too many chickens, too little time.
Replies: 9
Views: 148

Re: Too many chickens, too little time.

And what are you going to call these new birds? That would be a lasting testament! I am rather partial to sussex so would be interested in the outcome. I am presuming that genetics won't give you the right outcome if you crossed red sussex, white sussex and coronation sussex? No it wouldn’t, I’m af...
by Hen-Gen
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Technology
Replies: 1
Views: 41

Technology

I used to know this but I’ve forgotten.
How do you get those symbols for male and female to include in the text? That’s the circle with the arrow for male and the circle with the plus sign for female.
by Hen-Gen
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Aeronoutical chickens
Replies: 8
Views: 120

Re: Aeronoutical chickens

No, that’s new to me too, LadyA. Also, l can’t help it but I know the colour is chamois but I can’t identify the breed.
by Hen-Gen
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Too many chickens, too little time.
Replies: 9
Views: 148

Re: Too many chickens, too little time.

And in case you think I’m joking, Blue Silver Duckwing Welsummers anyone! Or rosecombed Australorps.
by Hen-Gen
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Too many chickens, too little time.
Replies: 9
Views: 148

Too many chickens, too little time.

No, not I have too many but there are so many breeds out there that I can’t do all the breeding tests that I want. A lifetime would not be enough and as I’m 68 there’s definitely not time. But one that I’m determined to do, so long as I don’t drop dead tomorrow, is to use Speckled Sussex and Coronat...
by Hen-Gen
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: A cockerel?
Replies: 5
Views: 121

Re: A cockerel?

Thanks Hen--Gen, I must say, they are darlings. some of the chirpiest, best natured chicks have ever hatched. No shyness at all, just happy and chirpy and friendly. Good. I can only say that the only bloodbath I’ve ever experienced was with three young Blue Leghorn cockerels. They were being grown ...
by Hen-Gen
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: A cockerel?
Replies: 5
Views: 121

Re: A cockerel?

Not as clear cut as some would think! As a pullet approaches egg laying maturity it’s comb and wattles redden up and appear more prominent. At a similar age cockerels comb and wattles follow the same trajectory. So the crucial question is how old are the chicks. At eight weeks I can generally sex th...
by Hen-Gen
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: stormy weather!!
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: stormy weather!!

Bit blowy here too but the constant southerly winds are warm so the grass is still bright green rather than the lifeless, wind scorched brown that we expect by this time of year. However my copse is now leafless and ready for winter. Even so a neighbour was putting out cat food yesterday for a hedge...
by Hen-Gen
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Livestock/Deadstock
Replies: 1
Views: 166

Livestock/Deadstock

So 18 months ago I imported a Black Welsh Mountain ram. He was from a top breeder and a show winner only being sold to prevent inbreeding. On his 6 month blood test (compulsory here) he was found to be carrying a disease called Caseous Lymphadenitis and was destroyed. Unexpected but not a disaster b...
by Hen-Gen
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Not quite an Osprey
Replies: 16
Views: 518

Re: Not quite an Osprey

I had a pet jackdaw as a kid. It was called, somewhat unimaginatively, Jack. It was friendly enough and free ranged in the garden. But like it’s cousin, the magpie, was obsessed with stealing anything glittery. So if in years to come anyone unearths a cache of milk bottle tops in the Harrow Weald ar...

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