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by araucana
08 Aug 2012, 21:03
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Crossing Marans and Cochin/Faverolles?
Replies: 4
Views: 627

Re: Crossing Marans and Cochin/Faverolles?

Think it would be a shame to mix good layers of dark eggs with fluff (and I love my fluffy birds) - Cochin are fluffy birds, very pretty, but not known for their laying capacity any longer, favs are a really good utility breed, good layers and good meat birds, your maran are good layers of a good co...
by araucana
20 Jun 2012, 07:49
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Feeding bread to hens?
Replies: 15
Views: 1477

Re: Feeding bread to hens?

Too much bread is bad for them, but big bits of baguette give them something to play with, dont worry about breaking it up into tiny bits, let the birds do it themselves!! Whatever you do don't soak bread of any sort, nothing worse to give crop problems
by araucana
20 Jun 2012, 07:39
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: need Sussex boasts lavish eggs from UK to Turkey
Replies: 11
Views: 690

Re: need Sussex boasts lavish eggs from UK to Turkey

Sounds like a phrase from an advert! For the breed Sussex !
by araucana
06 Jun 2012, 08:20
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Mareks??
Replies: 19
Views: 1208

Re: Mareks??

Have only just seen this post, what I missed was the age of the bird- 4 years old, so pretty unlikely to be mareks, I keep quite a few mareks prone breeds sebright, sabelpoot and I don't cull, or vaccinate, but try to build a resistant flock!
by araucana
15 Apr 2012, 18:14
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: Raptor deterrants???
Replies: 12
Views: 1795

Re: Raptor deterrants???

We have a big problem with Buzzards around us, there are even warning signs on the road saying "Danger birds of Prey" they attack humans, especially people who run along the road, about a month ago I lost a welsummer cock to a buzzard from the garden, I was there my OH also and three dogs and a few ...
by araucana
22 Feb 2012, 15:11
Forum: Breeds
Topic: Brahmas
Replies: 283
Views: 71811

Re: Brahmas

Chris is right - 18 months to 2 years and then they really begin to fill out - this is one of mine - not a very elegent angle - but he is 18 months old and hasn't yet stopped growing
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by araucana
18 Feb 2012, 20:55
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Trimming feathers on feet.
Replies: 9
Views: 903

Re: Trimming feathers on feet.

I have LF Brahmas and don't trim the feathers - they have Bedmax on the floor of their run, and I've never had birds tripping over their feathers......yet
by araucana
17 Feb 2012, 14:01
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: yellow skin and loss of feathers
Replies: 14
Views: 801

Re: yellow skin and loss of feathers

We feed extra maize to help yellow legged birds stay yellow, but don't give it at all to white birds as it turns the white feathers yellow :(
by araucana
15 Feb 2012, 18:20
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Cold snap.
Replies: 24
Views: 3051

Re: Cold snap.

Even if your bird has got frost bite, put on Vaseline, and massage the comb to get the blood circulating again, - frost bite isn't black - it's white if the comb is white, then it's frostbitten - (it's not the cold that gives them frost bite, it's cold and damp) I had 3 bad cases of it here last yea...
by araucana
11 Feb 2012, 17:14
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Sex The Chickens
Replies: 9
Views: 336

Re: Sex The Chickens

Lovely looking birds :grin: - I usually bark up the wrong tree on sexing :oops: - N° 1 , 2 and 3 look like pullets, but 4,5,6 and 7 look like Males - largish combs and wattles, and their sickle feathers look more 'pointed"
by araucana
09 Feb 2012, 18:53
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: cockerel not mating this year
Replies: 12
Views: 927

Re: cockerel not mating this year

I would expect to get fertile eggs from a maximum of one male to 5 females, I have had a problem this year with the cold - eggs laid on very cold days have been infertile, but those laid the day before or after have been fertile (if it was a warmer day) - this goes for all breeds from Dutch to Cochi...
by araucana
05 Feb 2012, 12:30
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: yellow skin and loss of feathers
Replies: 14
Views: 801

Re: yellow skin and loss of feathers

Looks top me she has had a partial moult, it happens, the feathers seem to be coming through fine and could the yellow be from feeding mixed corn or maize - that gives the skin a yellow colour :?:
by araucana
04 Feb 2012, 18:22
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Is Babs a Bob?!
Replies: 35
Views: 1284

Re: Is Babs a Bob?!

I say cockerel now too, the feathers on the cape and sickles are pointed not rounded, a sure sign it's a male
by araucana
26 Jan 2012, 22:22
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Gamefowl info
Replies: 14
Views: 855

Re: Gamefowl info

I love my Asians,all of them - :grin: especially my Dudes - I could see me one day having only hardfeather, and so much friendlier towards their owners than my Favs, cochins Brahmas etc - only problem I have here with Kos is they really don't do cold and wet -
by araucana
06 Jan 2012, 18:44
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Mareks Disease
Replies: 20
Views: 6036

Re: Mareks Disease

Sorry Lindsay - I mixed up the posts, interesting that you live in Auvergne - I'm from Savoie, but moved to Scotland 4 years ago....... don't ask why because even I don't!! I used to have gapeworms in France, but never have over here, but Mareks I had in France and over here from time to time - I us...