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 Post subject: The Poultry Keeper - specialist forum link
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:33 am 
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For those who keep chickens, guinea fowl, turkeys, geese and so forth, there's plenty of further support and help here:

http://forums.thepoultrykeeper.co.uk/index.php

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 Post subject: Re: The Poultry Keeper - specialist forum link
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:03 am 
Thankyou Andrew for making the PKF a sticky, I'm sure it will be a valuable addition to this section. cbp


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Seconded.

I'm on PKF and it's been a real cource of info. There's an active French forum in it too and we are organising a get together for later in the spring.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:09 pm 
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Thanks for that....it'll save be repeating myself, over and over :D


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:11 pm 
Did recommend on another site but kept getting it deleted - many thanks Andrew


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I have 6 Male Muscovy Ducks for sale @15 euros each. all ready and willing to work :oops: , about 5mths old
I would like to swop 2 of my males for new 2 females if anyone interested.
They are free range and housed at night, very easy birds to keep.
Good meat birds.
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Hi Ann,

It would help folk if you put your location in your profile.

Go to your "user control panel" situated on the top left corner of the forum page, click on it then add your department number or nearest village. :D

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 Post subject: Re: The Poultry Keeper - specialist forum link
PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:36 pm 
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Sorry about my ignorance but can one of the experts on here please help... we would like to keep chickens both for eggs and for meat, do we have the same breed for both and if so can we keep them all together with the cock or will it be best to keep the eaters and cock seperate. Just to warn you that this is just for starters so please be patient!! Thanks :)


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Keep them all together.....mine are altogether. In the UK (not sure about France) the shops cannot sell fertile eggs for eating, so hens aren't kept with coqs. I keep my coq with my hens, we eat the eggs, and have some chickens that we have bred deliberately for eating.
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Agree totally with Kathy, they won't (nor will you) come to any harm by having them all together.

I suggest that you leg-ring the ones that you're going to keep for eggs (once they've proven to be good layers), that way you'll be certain not to accidentally cull a layer.


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Thanks that was quick! Do you recommend any particular variety?


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Can only recommend from personal experience as we've only had standard French Browns (not the neckless variety) and they've served us well.

Kathy will know more.


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 Post subject: Re: The Poultry Keeper - specialist forum link
PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:54 pm 
Kathy wrote:
Keep them all together.....mine are altogether. In the UK (not sure about France) the shops cannot sell fertile eggs for eating, so hens aren't kept with coqs. I keep my coq with my hens, we eat the eggs, and have some chickens that we have bred deliberately for eating.
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Couldn't you end up with eating a fertile egg, that way?


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Yes, they're all fertile...and they all get eaten, or hatched...it's not a problem :D


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:28 pm 
errghh!

Think I'll keep mine seperate.


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 Post subject: Re: The Poultry Keeper - specialist forum link
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:lol: :lol: You cannot tell they're fertile. They look no different to an infertile egg.
It''s an English thing I am sure.....you led to believe it's not okay, because the powers that be have decided you shouldn't have fertile eggs to eat.

Anyway, it doesn't matter either way...you'll enjoy your eggs I am sure.


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 Post subject: Re: The Poultry Keeper - specialist forum link
PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:41 pm 
mmm....under investigating ;) :idea:


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My coq runs with my hens and regularly 'services' them. I eat the eggs as do my family and friends who have eggs from me. There is no difference when you crack open an egg. I'm just waiting for one of my ladies to go broody so I can put some under her!


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 Post subject: Re: The Poultry Keeper - specialist forum link
PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 6:57 am 
Ours also run with at least one coq - you need a broody or an incubator to get the egg to develop, reminds me 4 due tomorrow must get hatcher sorted, 2 more huts to make today before the others start to arrive hopefully!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: The Poultry Keeper - specialist forum link
PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:59 pm 
Think I'll buy day olds, that way I will also get more sleep.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:38 pm 
Vienne wrote:
Think I'll buy day olds, that way I will also get more sleep.


Hi Vienne, don't bet on it!!
If you are getting into poultry first time I would not suggest day olds.
Pay a bit more and get a few chickens that are at least five weeks old. That way you will be able to buy the sex you want, they will not need a source of heat lamp/hen, and they will have been wormed and eating grown up food.
Fun as it is to start with day olds, they can be difficult even for folks that are longer in the tooth as far as livestock are concerned.! Just my opinion, others will no doubt have their ideas as well. :)

kind regards cbp


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cbp is right, day olds need specialised equipment just to keep them alive...!

Brooder cage / heat lamp / chick crumb just to mention three.

Then there's the cleaning element, got to keep their brooder reasonably clean, don't want any burned feet. If you've got the brooder in the house there is also the noise to consider, they can be noisy little buggers - all night long - because you've got their heat lamp on it seems like daytime (unless you have the expensive ceramic heat lamps) all the time. 8-)

Better get 5 week old chicks if you can.


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 Post subject: Re: The Poultry Keeper - specialist forum link
PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:58 pm 
Yes I will at first, I really meant at a later date when I'm used to it, which will be when I am 105 at this rate if we don't sell the house soon!


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How many hens will I need for one coq so everyone stays happy?


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Around 6 would be good :D


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housing new chicks. We have hatched eggs in an incubator this year and have had three small lots a 5 -- a 4 -- and now what looks like a 2
What is the best ways to integrate the sperate clutches as they are obviously different ages. Is there a to get them together without blood shed.? thanks


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If you have some way of fencing them off, but in sight of each other for a week, you'll then be able to integrate them more easily.
I wouldn't add in chicks of 6 weeks old to this though, they need a little longer to toughen up.
There will be some uproar, but hopefully not bloodshed. 8-)


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Thanks Kathy, I will wait until they are a bit older before I try.


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 Post subject: Re: The Poultry Keeper - specialist forum link
PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:43 am 
MR RAT! I'm getting good and mad at you.

I saw a brown rat last week,caught it,in a trap....good.
Covered up pipes with wire,moved all feed into a secure container.

This morning,one of my chicks,age range,6 to 9 weeks,was missing...checked and there she was,squashed dead! I thought maybe the other 13 and hen had smothered her,but on inspection I saw her head had been ripped off...how bloody traumatic for the others.
I have ten rabbit cages on a tier system,two with rabbits in(Pregnant)...the chicks and hen occupy one cage on the top,the feed was kept in a cage on the bottom...now I deduce the RATS on not finding feed decided to attack above!

My other 7 chooks roost with the cock in the same building but not in a cage,but I don't want to mix the chicks until they are older(if they make it).
Question...I don't want to use poison(morals),dogs,and traps OK but it'll be a long job...I don't want to start shooting,but I'm getting mad,Gun,vin rouge,dark....not good.
This morning I'm going to secure the cages with wood and concrete any holes.

LOOK out Mr RAT!....I'm getting Mad! :evil:


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You have higher principles than me Kev, we use poison, as it seems to be the only thing that works.
We seem to have a dearth of rats at the moment with the drought, so not looking forward to more suitable conditions for them.

I hope you get it sorted and that you don't find any more dead chicks.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:30 am 
Not really an option Kathy,I have fully grown dogs and one Lurcher puppy,who loves to hunt.Our barn is massive,filled with wood,rubbish,cars...and probably RATS,if the puppy(Joe) finds a poisoned body...No,no,no,I'll stick with traps.


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Good for you Galli :!: we lost a very special little cat through her eating a poisoned rat or mouse. still makes us cry when we think about it now. I think a good dog is a great deterrent. . So sorry about your chicks hope you find a solution.L


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 Post subject: Re: The Poultry Keeper - specialist forum link
PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:45 pm 
Three down,and I reckon more to go!
Thing is they arn't very big,more like bigish mice...are my adult(nearly)hens safe?

Filled most holes and relined all the cages...last one down,had his,her eyes open...looking at me,I'm thinking I might be Davy Crockett after all. :shock:


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Adult hens are safe, although the rats wee as they go along, so that's not good in the food or water!


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