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by MrsMopp
22 Dec 2015, 15:19
Forum: Breeds
Topic: Croad Langshans
Replies: 26
Views: 25508

Re: Croad Langshans

Yes, they are excellent. She has won prizes at national level for her croads. Your english is very good :grin:
by MrsMopp
10 Nov 2015, 23:15
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: my worst chicken year.
Replies: 4
Views: 3651

Re: my worst chicken year.

I was going to say the same thing, I don't think I could cope with what you have been through, but I'd change my luck by going for something uncomplicated breedwise. Like you, I've kept polands, great characters and maybe I've been lucky but I've only lost 2 not down to old age, but I've also had or...
by MrsMopp
22 Jun 2015, 11:32
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Help sexing buff sussex chicks
Replies: 3
Views: 3096

Re: Help sexing buff sussex chicks

I would also guess the chick in the foreground is a boy, sussex girls do tend to feather up quicker. But it is guesswork at this stage, so do post again in a few weeks :grin:
by MrsMopp
17 Apr 2015, 11:05
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Straw vs hay vs Sawdust
Replies: 8
Views: 4015

Re: Straw vs hay vs Sawdust

Orps will come into lay when they are ready, and not before - they can be 9 months and still not in lay :shock: Roughly if they were hatched later than May you are unlikely to see an egg before March, although I would have thought the recent spell of warmth and good light would encourage most of the...
by MrsMopp
28 Mar 2015, 17:13
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Our first cull
Replies: 3
Views: 2188

Re: Our first cull

Well done for stopping any suffering to your hen. Its never easy when you choose to take the responsibility for it on yourself, but you obviously approached the cull properly and it sounds as though everything went as well as it possibly could =D> Don't worry if you do experience a lot of flappage i...
by MrsMopp
28 Mar 2015, 17:05
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: That's IT
Replies: 30
Views: 13338

Re: That's IT

OMG :shock: Firstly, I'm so sorry to hear your tales of woe; that's pretty extreme :( I can imagine the hen carnage as I've experienced that myself, but to find a cat dug up would also send me into a fury, a very upset fury. I am sure the latest precautions will work - we normally dig down a couple ...
by MrsMopp
19 Mar 2015, 10:10
Forum: Chickens
Topic: Do you wash your eggs prior to storing?
Replies: 5
Views: 3860

Re: Do you wash your eggs prior to storing?

Well I never wash my eggs prior to storing as you are right, it can remove the protective coating, allowing bacteria in. Its quite easy to avoid having dirty eggs by a)not allowing hens to sleep in the nest box b)changing/turning the nesting material and other bedding material regularly and c) check...
by MrsMopp
10 Mar 2015, 12:09
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: That's IT
Replies: 30
Views: 13338

Re: That's IT

Its gutting isn't it? The last time it happened to me I managed to startle the fox in broad daylight with my best layer in his mouth by yelling and screaming. He dropped her, and more by luck than judgement she and everybody else survived. I could tell by the amount of feather in the the pen that he...
by MrsMopp
26 Feb 2015, 17:51
Forum: George's Lounge
Topic: Chicken sitting!
Replies: 2
Views: 2013

Re: Chicken sitting!

:lol: This sounds like a nightmare - hats off to you for agreeing to return the favour :grin: Although to be fair I read it as you took your 7 children and Roger the cockeral over to be looked after by your friend, so in that case she would be entitled to ask a lot in return :lol:
by MrsMopp
10 Feb 2015, 17:14
Forum: George's Lounge
Topic: 6 Nations...... am I alone?
Replies: 11
Views: 4754

Re: 6 Nations...... am I alone?

England won!!! I said some horrid things about George Ford and almost lost my voice during the 'post-hit-no-try' but yes!! We won! Wales seemed to be under the illusion that rugby is a game of one half.... :( England were better in the second half and overall so they deffo deserved the win :grin:
by MrsMopp
06 Feb 2015, 10:33
Forum: George's Lounge
Topic: 6 Nations...... am I alone?
Replies: 11
Views: 4754

Re: 6 Nations...... am I alone?

Friend coming round for a session on the sofa with us with beer and crisps and lots of shouting. I am half Welsh, and never entirely sure who to shout for more. My 80 year Mum who is Welsh will be watching at home. I find the Welsh anthem so very moving.
by MrsMopp
20 Aug 2014, 09:23
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: carcase disposal
Replies: 11
Views: 4037

Re: carcase disposal

I also bag and bin. After burying 2 LF orpingtons many years ago I realised it was far too difficult (they are very large birds!) and my garden is just not big enough. I have a couple of rose bushes planted over those birds, and they are my remembrance for all the deadstock since, furry or feathery.
by MrsMopp
05 Aug 2014, 16:01
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Polish cockerel
Replies: 4
Views: 1660

Re: Polish cockerel

I'm not quite sure, I'd start a new thread so somebody more knowledgeable than me could comment. I have a feeling that splash x black would give you blue, but I'm not sure how the w/c black would react or the cuckoo. :(
by MrsMopp
28 Jul 2014, 10:37
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Anywhere in Leeds that will cull & pluck my cockerels?
Replies: 10
Views: 2707

Re: Anywhere in Leeds that will cull & pluck my cockerels?

Chicken George, culling birds is not pleasant or easy, but if I and hundreds of women like me can do it, even with our quota of squeamishness and feebleness (I am referring to myself here before anybody thinks I am being sexist) I'm sure you can. I use the broomstick method on fully grown or large b...