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by sunnys
19 Sep 2014, 17:54
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Newbie - Help with Rooster
Replies: 4
Views: 2312

Re: Newbie - Help with Rooster

If you must keep him then try some antipecking spray on victims heads. DO NOT spray the hens head! you spray a cotton ball then wipe drenched cotton over hens head carefully avoiding eyes and ears. repeat every morning and it might break habit after a few weeks. otherwise I am afraid if he were mine...
by sunnys
17 Sep 2014, 11:31
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Removing eggs from nest
Replies: 9
Views: 4968

Re: Removing eggs from nest

let the mother rear them. I have had ducklings broody reared in Febuary and March when snow on ground and they were fine. if you artifically brood them the mess will be unbelieveable and they will be differcult to harden off to living outside going into Autumn - the mom duck will do it no problem.
by sunnys
08 Sep 2014, 16:38
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: Creosote
Replies: 6
Views: 4607

Re: Creosote

you need to treat the nest boxes- its a prime area for redmite to congregate. personally if i had access to real creosote I would use it. the smell does not last forever and with a good handfull of straw in nest boxes won't taint eggs. thats what I've done in past when got hold of some of the real s...
by sunnys
04 Sep 2014, 16:00
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Sick or just old
Replies: 17
Views: 4929

Re: Sick or just old

chick crumb is also good for getting a little weight on them . to reduce waste mix with a little warm water and serve as a damp mash. you can also add in a few goodies like bird multivits , bit of fish etc while you are about it
by sunnys
31 Aug 2014, 12:22
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: blue eye?
Replies: 5
Views: 2025

Re: blue eye?

cataract? shes getting on a bit so possible. also small possiblity occular mareks .
by sunnys
28 Aug 2014, 08:54
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: whats the safe age to worm young birds?
Replies: 2
Views: 1679

Re: whats the safe age to worm young birds?

they will be fine. doubt if they need worming at that point but it won't do them any harm. my prefrence is to worm all birds in outdoor pens same week irrespective of cage as at least it means you get everyone -and no one is sitting there as a little worm haven repopulating worm stocks .
by sunnys
27 Aug 2014, 17:48
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Ex Batt problems
Replies: 6
Views: 2060

Re: Ex Batt problems

I wouldn't worry too much. when i phoned company that make flubenvet some years ago while calculating doseage for ducks they told me the lethal dose for hens is ridiculously high to extent your'd be able to use hen as a piece of chalk if you managed to cram enough down one which would be near imposs...
by sunnys
27 Aug 2014, 10:54
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: feather pecking advice?
Replies: 12
Views: 4177

Re: feather pecking advice?

bamboo-and yes it will grow taller then 4 foot but it is the work of a couple of minutes to chop canes that are taller then you want to the size you want. It is the only plant I have that fights back against hens and wins. and is not toxic if they do scoff some. literally hundreds of species so you ...
by sunnys
25 Aug 2014, 13:40
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Ex Batt problems
Replies: 6
Views: 2060

Re: Ex Batt problems

what you have to realise is ex-batts sadly are not bred for a long life. they are bred for maximum egg production over a very short time scale and when the egg days are behind them most die young even in lovely retirement homes. ps diagnosiing things from looking at poop isn't wildly accurate-a lot ...
by sunnys
22 Aug 2014, 21:35
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: advice wanted please
Replies: 1
Views: 1086

Re: advice wanted please

sounds like they have a respiratory infection running through flock. You will need to take a few of the obvious example birds to a vet to get an antibiotic prescribed to treat entire flock.
ps stuff sold as herbal cures etc are a waste of money. when your birds are sick they need real treatments
by sunnys
22 Aug 2014, 14:36
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: garden birds eating hens' food!
Replies: 8
Views: 4193

Re: garden birds eating hens' food!

i used to feed the garden birds as I love our sparrows and it has been deeply satisifying to see their numbers increase each year from the sad couple of pairs we had origonally. Now i do not bother as they help themselves to the chicken food and its cheaper then wild bird mix anyhow! i wasn't wildly...
by sunnys
16 Aug 2014, 08:26
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: feather pecking advice?
Replies: 12
Views: 4177

Re: feather pecking advice?

i have had good results using a combination of envirament enrichment and bitter apple spray. spray effected bird with bitter apple daily. then hang old cds in their run , provide things like corn thrown arround run, put legrings on both legs of everybody (annoys the hell out of all hens for a few da...
by sunnys
09 Jul 2014, 11:34
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Cock Losing Colour from comb
Replies: 2
Views: 1143

Re: Cock Losing Colour from comb

Treat for red mite, even if you can't find any.
whenever we have had it the first birds to be attacked have always been cockerels and broody hens. they seem to target one bird in prefrence to a whole houseful and for some reason we have found its nearly always cockerel first.
by sunnys
26 Jun 2014, 18:12
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Rooster Gone, How Long Eggs Fertile?
Replies: 12
Views: 3819

Re: Rooster Gone, How Long Eggs Fertile?

when i changed a legbar cockerel over it was over 3 weeks before the eggs came up infertile.
serama a few days.
i think it varies breed to breed
by sunnys
29 May 2014, 11:09
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Cats and chickens
Replies: 12
Views: 2753

Re: Cats and chickens

i have had cats of my own with my hens and a steady stream of new cats arriving with various new neighbours. Not had much of an issue - the cats think all their christmases have come at once when they first see hens- they try it on- discover they do not act like wild birds and get spooked and clear ...