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by Hen-Gen
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: The Realities of Chicken Breeding
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Re: The Realities of Chicken Breeding

I’ve previously tried to rear Leghorn males for eaters (three blue ones). At 17 weeks there was the worst chicken related blood bath I’d ever seen. Combs were shredded and subsequently purple. I immediately necked two of them and swore never again 😕.
by Hen-Gen
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: The Realities of Chicken Breeding
Replies: 5
Views: 312

The Realities of Chicken Breeding

I hesitated about posting this but in the end decided to because it’s one of the hard facts. I hatched, as I said earlier, 48 chicks. However there is considerable ‘wastage’ for the following reasons. 1) Dominiques and Barred Rocks can be sexed at one day old via a combination of head spot size and ...
by Hen-Gen
Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 414
Views: 6449

Re: Coronavirus

Thanks for the paragraph Margaid. I didn’t know that.
by Hen-Gen
Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Chicks
Replies: 11
Views: 453

Re: Chicks

Yes they are beautiful aren’t they. Mrs Biscuit, Isabel is the name given to bicolour that possess the lavender gene. The black areas are changed to lavender and the gold areas are “bleached” to a pale straw colour. Perhaps this is most usually seen in tricolour Pekins where the colour Mille Fleur i...
by Hen-Gen
Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Reasons to be cheerful
Replies: 177
Views: 3893

Re: Reasons to be cheerful

Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry. But honestly bym I sometimes wonder whether such people are the same species as the rest of us. I know that we are genetic composites of the other three hominids that once roamed the earth. Perhaps some got to much Neanderthal and a bit less ...
by Hen-Gen
Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Block prints
Replies: 36
Views: 1085

Re: Block prints

Absolutely brilliant rick. They’d sell in our gift shop like hot cakes.
by Hen-Gen
Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Reasons to be cheerful
Replies: 177
Views: 3893

Re: Reasons to be cheerful

That hen on the left is interesting. It’s what is known in chicken breeding circles as either Barred Wheaten or Barred Duckwing. Any idea what breed it is? It’s very like a Welbar but with white ears.
by Hen-Gen
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Chicks
Replies: 11
Views: 453

Re: Chicks

No I still can’t. It’s fine if I copy and paste. But if I screenshot or photograph then I can’t post on here. Lambs are due this coming week.
by Hen-Gen
Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Chicks
Replies: 11
Views: 453

Chicks

Forty eight chicks hatched over the last 24 hours. What joy. No power cuts please, The first picture below stolen from Google image is what you get if you do Blue x Buff Orpingtons Among my hatchlings are Blue Jersey Giants and Buff Leghorns. I hope next year I’ll get some like that. They’re really ...
by Hen-Gen
Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: new technology
Replies: 27
Views: 778

Re: new technology

Margaid wrote:
Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:25 pm
Marigold wrote:
Sat Apr 11, 2020 2:15 pm
Hercules
A pressure washer.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Yes, my favourite too. 😀😀😀
But my classical education is non existent so can someone explain Achilles and safety boots!
Duh, after 10 minutes I’ve got it!

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