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by goatlady
05 Mar 2013, 07:35
Forum: Smallholder animals
Topic: Two new goat kids
Replies: 8
Views: 4358

Re: Two new goat kids

The two mothers are Alpines, and the father is a pure Pyrenean. Previously, the kids always turned out more like the mothers, but I have a new billy this year, and the kids have come out much more Pyrenean-looking. The little one left to give birth is also a Pyrenean, so the resulting progeny will b...
by goatlady
04 Mar 2013, 11:39
Forum: Smallholder animals
Topic: Two new goat kids
Replies: 8
Views: 4358

Re: Two new goat kids

Only the teenage pregnancy left now!
by goatlady
04 Mar 2013, 07:27
Forum: Smallholder animals
Topic: Two new goat kids
Replies: 8
Views: 4358

Two new goat kids

Both my big girls gave birth last week to a single male kid - despite one of them looking as though she was carrying triplets. One each is good news: more milk for us, and fewer little lives to end at the abattoir later in the year. My other little goat, who had such a bad start last year when she r...
by goatlady
21 Feb 2013, 20:35
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: incubating duck eggs for 1st time??????
Replies: 10
Views: 506

Re: incubating duck eggs for 1st time??????

Congratulations! Ducklings are lovely, aren't they? And they stay fluffy for ages.
by goatlady
14 Feb 2013, 10:21
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: New chickens
Replies: 22
Views: 719

Re: New chickens

If you are absolutely certain that nothing can get in then you don't need to insist on shutting them in a house at night. Do think about their access to water. They will dirty up their drinking water in no time, and transfer their feed into it, so you will be constantly changing it, unless you are l...
by goatlady
14 Feb 2013, 09:45
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: New chickens
Replies: 22
Views: 719

Re: New chickens

In that case, make sure you buy adults that have been hand-reared and are already tame.
by goatlady
14 Feb 2013, 07:43
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: How do those foxes know?
Replies: 13
Views: 1924

Re: How do those foxes know?

It's probably not much consolation, but I've been there too (massive marten attack, just over a year ago). I know how devastating it is. I had a major security review afterwards, but the dread of finding all that carnage again will remain with me for ever. You have all my sympathy.
by goatlady
14 Feb 2013, 07:29
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: New chickens
Replies: 22
Views: 719

Re: New chickens

I have Campbells. They're very good layers. You would only need a couple of square feet per bird, as ducks only use their house to sleep in (although beware - ducks don't put themselves to bed like chickens). Ducks need a wider door than chickens, as even two will rush out of the house together in t...
by goatlady
09 Feb 2013, 17:18
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Lucky escape
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Lucky escape

Yesterday this run housed a Cream Legbar cock and his three hens. Today it collapsed under the weight of snow. When I saw what had happened I was certain they'd all been crushed to death. But they were all huddled in a corner - a bit traumatised, but otherwise OK. The run has already survived two sn...
by goatlady
09 Feb 2013, 17:11
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Leg ring advice please.
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: Leg ring advice please.

If you join your nearest poultry club you can buy the official ones. They're quite reasonably priced, but you have to order them a year in advance, which is a bit of a pain, because you don't always know what you're going to be hatching. Also, you can only use them on growers, and not adult birds. B...
by goatlady
09 Feb 2013, 12:07
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Which Goose?
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Which Goose?

For what it's worth, I would opt for goslings. My own experience of waterfowl has taught me that duck and goose eggs have tough shells that seems to take the little ones forever to get out of, and buying adult birds leads to problems if they haven't been handled much (I had some ducks that just neve...
by goatlady
09 Feb 2013, 09:41
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Does having a cockerel with your hens boost egg production?
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Re: Does having a cockerel with your hens boost egg producti

No, I don't think it does, either, although having a cockerel is a useful indicator of when chickens are coming into lay, as he gets more active at that point. Your hens are probably laying more as a result of the increasing daylight hours.
by goatlady
08 Feb 2013, 20:58
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Which Goose?
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Which Goose?

My geese are sociable and don't bite - although I wouldn't risk letting small children go near them. I don't have a gander, but I believe even they aren't usually aggressive with their owners. Yes, geese are noisy. It's not an unpleasant sound, though. If you have plenty of grass, they will fatten n...
by goatlady
06 Feb 2013, 14:18
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Goose egg
Replies: 7
Views: 342

Re: Goose egg

Definitely a big fried egg or similar. I have two girls - so there isn't going to be any viability, at any stage! :grin: Even thirty eggs each would be lovely.
by goatlady
06 Feb 2013, 11:22
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Goose egg
Replies: 7
Views: 342

Goose egg

One of my geese laid her first egg this morning. It's big, as you would expect and, with all the chickens on strike because of the snow, it was a welcome sight. Can anyone tell me how many eggs I'm likely to get out of my geese in a season? They're ordinary domestic grey geese, normally fattened her...