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Re: new to this

Post by valeriebutterley » Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:39 am

I have had 100% hatches from ebay eggs, but very recently 1 lone survivor of a dozen eggs from a reputable firm with a good reputation. So look for 100% on their sites, I think it helps.

So I certainly have no complaints about ebay eggs from small caring sellers, and these are obvious by what they say about their hens in the seller bit.
In one of my recent hatches however, I have the most charming "purebred" Pekin who is obviously a Silkie hybrid!!, but she is a darling and my granddaughters want to keep her and have called her Muffy, because of her muff and whiskers. So be prepared for some charming outcomes, and go with your gut.

A lot of people boast about show winners, etc., I do not think it means a thing necessarily.
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Re: new to this

Post by dye29 » Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:41 pm

is there a good breed for egg laying or they all ok
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Re: new to this

Post by Minorcafan » Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:53 pm

Light breeds are usually good layers eg Minorcas and leghorns or the different colours of Sussex, Rhode islands, auracaunas or if you want slightly more unusual birds go for Polish. Silkies will lay a clutch then go broody
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Re: new to this

Post by dye29 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:29 pm

are polish good for laying , im addicted to this now just want to rear everything lol
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Re: new to this

Post by dinosaw » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:25 pm

Depends on what suits you and how you intend to raise them. Polands for instance have huge crests which make them easy targets for other breeds without them, so they are perhaps best kept separately. Some breeds hate human contact etc.

Grab yourself a cheap copy of the book below and have a look at the different breeds. It has info on temperament, egg laying etc for most of the major breeds and is reasonably accurate in it's descriptions.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Choosing ... 075371552X
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Re: new to this

Post by dye29 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:58 pm

i think i know what i want now think there call warverks or something where can i buy these fertile eggs ill be buying next week when back from holiday .
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Re: new to this

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Re: new to this

Post by dye29 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:45 am

yep thats them lol i also fancy them ones with fluffy legs not sure what they are
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Re: new to this

Post by Minorcafan » Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:49 pm

There are a few breeds with fluffy legs; bantams and large breeds :-)
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Re: new to this

Post by dye29 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:35 pm

just got some vorwerk eggs big day tomorow have i got my brinsea advance set right . 37.5 degree c turn every 60 mins 21 days cooling for 60mins turn angle 10 . also ill put incubator on in morn ready to heat up ect for evening do i need to fill both reservours and is the days still set to 21
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