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by Marigold
Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Breeds that fly and wing clipping query
Replies: 9
Views: 1739

Re: Breeds that fly and wing clipping query

Legbars are brilliant flyers. the other heavier breeds do settle down as they mature, but young hens in a new environment will always want to explore and are still all active enough to fly out. Wing clipping has its problems. It's not fully effective, especially in the setup you describe. They could...
by Marigold
Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:13 pm
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Am I worming my chickens too soon??
Replies: 6
Views: 838

Re: Am I worming my chickens too soon??

I'm not sure why you feel they need worming so soon, if they've been kept in clean conditions and show no signs of worms. When i bought a couple of chicks from an experienced breeder thei Spring, he advised me to worm them at about 16-18 weeks, and I did all the older hens at the same time before in...
by Marigold
Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:43 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Soft shell egg layed whilst roosting
Replies: 5
Views: 887

Re: Soft shell egg layed whilst roosting

Hi Dinosaw, and welcome to the Forum. You didn't say how old your hen is. If she's a young bird, less than a year old, especially if she's only been laying for a few weeks, it may well clear up as she settles down to laying again. But if she has been laying very heavily for several months, or more t...
by Marigold
Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:36 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: chicken newbie
Replies: 13
Views: 2550

Re: chicken newbie

[quote="animartco"]Plastic houses sound fine, especially in windy possitions where a draught could blow through wooden boards, but make sure that A it has provision for wooden detatchable perches, and B that you are able to secure it to the ground as it is more likely to blow over. Houses that you c...
by Marigold
Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:54 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Choosing Chooks - Total Noobs
Replies: 7
Views: 873

Re: Choosing Chooks - Total Noobs

Oh, and I forgot - hybrids are very unlikely to go broody. A big advantage if you don't want chicks and don't want the trouble of 'breaking' them of broodiness. Some purebreds are excellent mothers but do go broody a lot, eg Silkies and Brahmas.
by Marigold
Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:13 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Do you treat a new coop?
Replies: 14
Views: 1880

Re: Do you treat a new coop?

AngelPie wrote:Does it have to be a powder specifically for red mite that you use, I have been looking at the diatomaceous earth is that any good?

Thanks for all the advice :)
I've always assumed that redmite powder is diatomaceous earth with some kind of insecticide included to improve its effectiveness.
by Marigold
Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Choosing Chooks - Total Noobs
Replies: 7
Views: 873

Re: Choosing Chooks - Total Noobs

First thing to decide is whether to get hybrids or purebreds. Hybrids tick all the boxes on your list, and are easy to tame and make fantastic friendly pets. They come in a huge variety of colours and sizes, from small neat little Columbian Blacktails to larger ones like Speckledies or Rhode sussex ...
by Marigold
Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:10 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Neighbours from hell complain about everything! HELP!
Replies: 23
Views: 3892

Re: Neighbours from hell complain about everything! HELP!

Police absolutely...... make that call and they can issue YOU with a noise-o-meter and YOU can record and have clear concise information should you decide to go legal over harassment and show them just how little noise your gals do indeed make. and you could record HIM banging and shouting, to comp...
by Marigold
Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Do you treat a new coop?
Replies: 14
Views: 1880

Re: Do you treat a new coop?

i still prefer plastic! None of these chemical maintenance problems. And if you don't have a spare coop, what do you do with the chickens during the 3 weeks or so you're waiting foir the toxicity to reduce?
by Marigold
Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Do you treat a new coop?
Replies: 14
Views: 1880

Re: Do you treat a new coop?

i assume it's a wooden coop? when the creosote has dried, sprinkle redmite powder wherever two surfaces join, eg ends of perches, and places where roof meets walls etc, and in the nestboxes, even if the chicks won't be using them yet. If plastic, no need to do anything except sprinkle powder, and li...

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