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by MrsBiscuit
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Peckford the gentleman
Replies: 8
Views: 1670

Re: Peckford the gentleman

Lovely! You did brilliantly, giving the food to him so he could give it to the girls. Its one of the best things about having a cockeral with the flock, you see how a flock is meant to behave. He does look handsome. My big old orpington boys were very considerate in all aspects of life, except jumpi...
by MrsBiscuit
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Photos of Chickens
Topic: Mystery chick
Replies: 7
Views: 1451

Re: Mystery chick

No idea, but lovely Mum, lovely chick! Mum looks super healthy, judging by her face pigment. All those lovely blue feathers as well, thanks for posting!
by MrsBiscuit
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Weed or plant?
Replies: 11
Views: 1498

Re: Weed or plant?

I think that is what I thought it was, its not what I know as a campanula, but that photo looks as though it could have been taken at my last house! It creeps and crops up all over the place, its quite partial to dark, dank and damp places, but easily pulled up.
by MrsBiscuit
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Weed or plant?
Replies: 11
Views: 1498

Re: Weed or plant?

I think thats a weed, its something which produces mauvey/purple flowers, but I can't for the life of me remember its name. It grows in walls and crevices and its not so invasive, so you can let it flower if you like it. The flowers are a bit like a campanula. If inspiration strikes me about its nam...
by MrsBiscuit
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: To hatch or not to hatch...
Replies: 10
Views: 1793

Re: To hatch or not to hatch...

In my view the most important thing is actually whether or not you are prepared to despatch and/or have a credible other plan to dispose of males. If you can honestly answer yes to that, then go for it. Personally I don't really 'get' the cuteness of chicks, but I think it is quite 'completing' as a...
by MrsBiscuit
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: New Life
Replies: 11
Views: 1454

Re: New Life

Thank you! Lovely pictures! As I have never had anything to do with any sort of sheep or lamb, other than eat it, I am quite in awe. My SIL tells me that a sheep's aim in life is to end its life ahead of time, so I understand that they aren't perhaps the brightest animals in the flock.
by MrsBiscuit
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Weather
Replies: 102
Views: 13671

Re: Weather

Woke up this morning to see a tiny amount of snow on a hill a few miles away, about 600m altitude. I've only seen snow there once before in 6 years, and that was Feb. Snow in April is unheard of! And then this morning the local school was doing some relay or other, from Village A to Village B. They ...
by MrsBiscuit
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Fertility
Replies: 14
Views: 2341

Re: Fertility

That's very interesting Chris, I love finding out stuff like this, even for breeds I don't keep. My experience is also that the shell quality of many older hens does deteriorate, but if you are lucky enough to have an excellent hen (which could take many forms like mothering abilities, a good doer, ...
by MrsBiscuit
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Fertility
Replies: 14
Views: 2341

Re: Fertility

There is a good chance the cockeral is getting less fertile. I try to use yearling cockerals on hens that have been through a proper moult, ideally 18 months -3 years old.
by MrsBiscuit
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Weather
Replies: 102
Views: 13671

Re: Weather

It is so unseasonably dry that there are 250 firefighters out this afternoon dealing with a blaze about 15km away which is the earliest we have known. Its been dry for weeks, and the temp varies between 18-23.

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