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by phoebe
05 Dec 2015, 15:12
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Broody chicken, shall i coop her elsewhere, take her eggs?
Replies: 4
Views: 3944

Re: Broody chicken, shall i coop her elsewhere, take her egg

It is not advisable to try to hatch chicks at this time of the year, especially if you have not got proper accommodation for them and their mother. It will be difficult to find fertile eggs at this time of the year. If your hen is broody she will not have been eating properly and will need to eat an...
by phoebe
06 Jul 2015, 10:08
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: Electric fencing
Replies: 5
Views: 3652

Re: Electric fencing

The puppy panels are too low to keep the chicken in. I have the poultry netting (1.1 metres high) and anchor the corners with wooden fencing posts to keep it taut. The chickens do not get under the fence because it touches the ground. (There is a non electrified wire on the ground. Vegetation needs ...
by phoebe
17 Feb 2015, 18:56
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Our Hen Houses/ Coops
Replies: 467
Views: 100375

Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

You are very well organised. I hope the 2 month wait for your hens is not too much of a drag. I know I could not wait that long for my chicken once I had bought the house and set up the run. I am lucky that there is a poultry breeding business in the next village and I could just turn up and pick wh...
by phoebe
17 Feb 2015, 00:20
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Our Hen Houses/ Coops
Replies: 467
Views: 100375

Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

I can't really see the nesting box. If it is behind the dowling it will not stand out once you have put bedding in the coop and I imagine the hens will just lay anywhere on the floor of the coop as there is no defined box. Hen house suppliers nearly always over estimate the number of chicken that wi...
by phoebe
16 Feb 2015, 22:30
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Our Hen Houses/ Coops
Replies: 467
Views: 100375

Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

The perches need to be a lot higher than the nesting boxes or your hens will roost (and poo) in the boxes instead of on the perches. Is there anyway of raising the perches? The chicken will need enough headroom once the perches are raised. An electric poultry fence would add extra security to your g...
by phoebe
16 Feb 2015, 11:58
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Our Hen Houses/ Coops
Replies: 467
Views: 100375

Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Hi The coop looks very pretty, but needs a few modifications before your chicken arrive as it appears to have no ventilation or nesting boxes. It is also too small for 6 chicken as the run area needs to be at least 12 square metres for 6 chicken. At a pinch your setup could house 3/4 bantams. One so...
by phoebe
02 Feb 2015, 10:15
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Egging packing Centre
Replies: 5
Views: 2296

Re: Egging packing Centre

That machine grades and candles the eggs. You would still need to stamp them.
by phoebe
31 Jan 2015, 23:14
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Egging packing Centre
Replies: 5
Views: 2296

Re: Egging packing Centre

  Moba sell handpacker machines their website is http://www.moba.net. The smallest handpacker Moba sell is the Mobanette 3 Dimensions: 853mm (33.7") ↔ 965mm (37.8") ↕ Weight: 20,6 kg (45 lbs) Capacity: 1,600 eggs/hour Infeed conveyor: single row Candling: 2x25 Watt bulbs 1 operator Grades: 4 or 7 Ac...
by phoebe
31 Jan 2015, 16:33
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Egging packing Centre
Replies: 5
Views: 2296

Re: Egging packing Centre

Hi The question is are you planning to keep chicken as a hobby or a business? This probably depends on what poultry keeping experience you already have. If it is a hobby and you don’t want the expense of buying the equipment needed to comply with the regulations would it not be easier and cheaper to...
by phoebe
24 Jan 2015, 14:57
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Pastured poultry
Replies: 4
Views: 4110

Re: Pastured poultry

Are you going to make the runs out of electric poultry netting and how are you going to move the chicken houses as each run and chicken house will have to be fairly large to house 100 birds?
by phoebe
15 Jan 2015, 19:12
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: whats best for a fence?
Replies: 6
Views: 2422

Re: whats best for a fence?

I have plenty of space, Not sure what 'plenty' means but if it's PLENTY then why not create a HUGE permanent run around a hen house in the middle (taking care to dig the fencing down and concrete around the edge) rotation run.png I have got 2 runs side by side, but with chicken houses in both runs....
by phoebe
15 Jan 2015, 10:48
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: whats best for a fence?
Replies: 6
Views: 2422

Re: whats best for a fence?

If you are going to make a permanent run that you can move it would have to be at least 10 square metres in size for 5 chicken. It would need to be made out of weldmesh and have a roof. If it was in a permanent position it would have to be dug into the ground with paving slabs around the outside. Ho...
by phoebe
13 Jan 2015, 19:01
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: New arrivals
Replies: 10
Views: 3501

Re: New arrivals

I find those plastic water containers difficult to handle and use the metal type in the summer and a washing up bowl in the winter. It should retain some water at this time of year as you only have 5 hens. Is it on a flat surface? I suggest you buy an electric poultry fence and surround the house/ru...
by phoebe
08 Jan 2015, 10:50
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Ex - Batts
Replies: 4
Views: 2016

Re: Ex - Batts

I meant inside a shed where the temperature will be similar to what they are used to. How are you going to fit the feeder, two drinkers and two hens in a 2ft x 2ft run? If they are going to stay in the run for any length of time the recommended space for a hen is 2 square metres. To integrate chicke...
by phoebe
07 Jan 2015, 21:02
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Ex - Batts
Replies: 4
Views: 2016

Re: Ex - Batts

If you are re-homing ex battery hens in the winter I think you should be prepared to keep them inside until the spring or at least until they are fully feathered and the weather is a bit warmer. Although your run is protected from wind and rain, the temperature is very low and they will have been ke...