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by noisette
08 Oct 2014, 22:10
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Strange behaviour.
Replies: 10
Views: 3568

Re: Strange behaviour.

Oh that's mean! When my girls take up position, I stroke their backs and ruffle their behinds a bit....they go off happy, I get unfertilised eggs and I'm sure that they lay better for not being importuned by a randy cockerel every ten minutes :grin: It gives the lie to the neighbours, who 'tut' and ...
by noisette
11 Sep 2014, 09:24
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: Difference between Harkamectin and Ivermectin?
Replies: 1
Views: 2902

Re: Difference between Harkamectin and Ivermectin?

:oops: Wasn't rocket science, was it? Ivermectin is the active ingredient, Harkamectin is a brand name for diluted product.....Wiki is my friend ;)
The feeling of those little horrors swarming up my arms and into my hair will live with me for a long, long time :-&
by noisette
11 Sep 2014, 09:15
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: Difference between Harkamectin and Ivermectin?
Replies: 1
Views: 2902

Difference between Harkamectin and Ivermectin?

Hi all :) Been too busy with the garden to spend much time on the 'puter, but hope you've all had a good summer. On Tuesday, I discovered the first red-mite infestation ...YUK! So I've Ficam'd the hut, chucked out and burnt all the 'furnishings' and treated the girls with Harkamectin. Their dust bat...
by noisette
26 Apr 2014, 21:03
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Broody hens
Replies: 15
Views: 2264

Re: Broody hens

:lol: Stoppit you lot! I must be more persuasive than I thought....Madame gave up after being put on the perch last night, and she has spent the day with the others doing all the usual, chickeny things. She wouldn't have made a very good Mum...no staying power :-''' The next one to sort out will be ...
by noisette
25 Apr 2014, 17:37
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Broody hens
Replies: 15
Views: 2264

Re: Broody hens

:grin: Thanks for the tips. I've got a big cage, so solitary confinement it is! I had a long chat with her today, explaining the inconveniences of motherhood, after which she toddled off to have a dust-bath with the others. As soon as my back was turned, though, she was back in the coop, all fluffed...
by noisette
24 Apr 2014, 19:39
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Broody hens
Replies: 15
Views: 2264

Re: Broody hens

I wonder if one of the experts could give me some tips on 'de-broodying' :grin: One of my Lohmanns took to a nest box this afternoon and was still there two hours later...no sign of an egg. I'm assuming she's gone broody, but never had a hen do this before! I re-homed Geronimo the cockerel before I ...
by noisette
20 Sep 2013, 23:15
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Chicken adopts humans, advice needed!
Replies: 32
Views: 7676

Re: Chicken adopts humans, advice needed!

What a heartwarming story! Could only happen in the UK :grin: I recently re-homed my cockerel with his three ladies, and miss his antics and announcements terribly. Makes a refreshing change to the attitude locally...my neighbour breaks the wings of her hens routinely, to stop them free-ranging :( a...
by noisette
03 Sep 2013, 23:13
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: Hindsight - Such a wonderful thing
Replies: 4
Views: 1194

Re: Hindsight - Such a wonderful thing

Hmmm..that's interesting :-k Most fly sprays contain cypermethrine. I've been doing battle for ownership of my house with wasps for 7 years now and have finally discovered that spraying the entire roof and terrace with a 20% solution does the trick. It acts as a repellent and kills all the wasps alr...
by noisette
16 May 2013, 13:30
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Eating Eggs!
Replies: 12
Views: 843

Re: Eating Eggs!

Thanks very much chuck1 and goatlady for the helpful replies :) That's a good tip re. checking their bones to establish whether they're laying in the first place! Will keep you posted...thanks again.
by noisette
15 May 2013, 20:07
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Eating Eggs!
Replies: 12
Views: 843

Re: Eating Eggs!

Wish our dilemma was as clear-cut! No trace whatsoever of eggs..eaten or otherwise. One by one the five culprits toddle into the chicken house, settle down with looks of intense concentration for anything up to 30 minutes, then toddle out again. Result? Absolutely nothing! They're healthy, apparentl...
by noisette
03 Dec 2012, 23:47
Forum: Pets and other animals
Topic: Kitten webcam - how to waste several hours!
Replies: 4
Views: 1856

Re: Kitten webcam - how to waste several hours!

Arrrrggghhh no! I rescued five feral kittens a couple of weeks ago. They're living in the bedroom, so haven't had a decent night's sleep since ;) Wonderful to watch them playing, though, and even more wonderful watching them curled up sleeping together :) Napoleon, Bonaparte, Nelson, Josephine and E...
by noisette
14 Nov 2012, 22:00
Forum: Franglais
Topic: Where to buy poultry house & automatic door opener?
Replies: 2
Views: 2829

Re: Where to buy poultry house & automatic door opener?

Hi Moriarty :grin: Can't help with the coop, OH and friends built ours using old poteaux, voliges and clay tiles to construct a decent 'shed'. Can recommend a Co. for the automatic door opener, though. ChucksAway. (Thanks to this forum!) Absolutely brilliant kit to fit to almost any door. It is batt...
by noisette
14 Nov 2012, 21:37
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Hens not Laying.
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: Hens not Laying.

If it's any consolation, eggsactly the same story here in sunny France. Seven hens who've been through their first proper moult and are looking lovely , fluffy and healthy again, but only one egg per day. Six of them are dicing with the prospect of Poule au Pot! :lol:
by noisette
09 Nov 2012, 22:35
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Scaley Leg??
Replies: 2
Views: 303

Re: Scaley Leg??

Thanks to advice gleaned on this forum, I got some Ivermectin via the Internet to treat our cockerel, and his harem. Sir had one very scaly leg but within a week of treatment it was quite normal. This product also claims to get rid of other parasites, worms etc. Best to scrap eggs for a week or ten ...
by noisette
19 Oct 2012, 13:36
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Drastic, but probably effective, red mite remedy.
Replies: 18
Views: 5242

Re: Drastic, but probably effective, red mite remedy.

And one other suggestion....Fullers earth, diatom or baby talc worked into her feathers. Any highly absorbent powder which you could then brush out or rinse off.