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by Hen-Gen
04 Mar 2015, 11:43
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Dealing with aggressive ganders:
Replies: 8
Views: 2923

Re: Dealing with aggressive ganders:

Completely agree with the last two posts. I've briefly had aggressive cockerels, bad tempered ganders and one dog that growled if I tried to take it's bone away. The dog was corrected and for ever after was suitably submissive, the birds ended up in my freezer. My pugilistic ram will be ending up li...
by Hen-Gen
01 Mar 2015, 17:46
Forum: George's Lounge
Topic: Vet fees
Replies: 11
Views: 4098

Re: Vet fees

Gotta admire your perseverance. Irrespective of the merits of the case, I'd have probably given in and paid up. The subject got me thinking about the whole nature of greed. If someone uses their superior physical strength or beauty to capitalise on the worlds resources then people tend to disrespect...
by Hen-Gen
07 Feb 2015, 14:57
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Galvanised drinkers
Replies: 2
Views: 3199

Re: Galvanised drinkers

I've always used Virkon which is a broad spectrum disinfectant used in the agricultural industry. You can get it from Amazon.
by Hen-Gen
05 Feb 2015, 21:19
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Genetics
Replies: 23
Views: 12597

Re: Genetics

Sort of :grin: Both the gene for crestedness and the gene for blue eggs are dominant genes so cannot be carried invisibly. If a hen has them then it will have a crest or lay blue, or green, eggs. But White Leghorns have a raft of genes to make them a clean, sparkly white, one of which is a gene call...
by Hen-Gen
05 Feb 2015, 20:50
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Starting Out - Quick guide to starting up.
Replies: 9
Views: 5097

Re: Starting Out - Quick guide to starting up.

I'd say over the years that feeders and drinkers are where I've wasted more money than I've spent on wine, men and song. So many are prone to being kicked about, filled with the floor covering when chickens kick the material about or generally useless. So in my opinion there is only one design of ea...
by Hen-Gen
22 Jan 2015, 15:12
Forum: George's Lounge
Topic: Looking for inspiration
Replies: 16
Views: 5884

Re: Looking for inspiration

Temperatures in the 40s !!!
Please tell me you are joking?

Am I going to have to holiday in the Lofoten Islands?
by Hen-Gen
13 Jan 2015, 20:04
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: New arrivals
Replies: 10
Views: 3410

Re: New arrivals

Dunno bout Bob
It dunno whether it's Arthur or Martha! (Or as we say down the Dog and Ferret - it's a bit of a mosaic gynandromorph)
by Hen-Gen
09 Jan 2015, 10:47
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: No Crow Collars
Replies: 5
Views: 2410

Re: No Crow Collars

I googled them. Don't like the sound of them at all! :(
by Hen-Gen
08 Jan 2015, 10:43
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Hybrid hen never laid?
Replies: 25
Views: 6815

Re: Hybrid hen never laid?

Just as an aside it's been my observation over the years that the weather or temperature seem to have no effect upon laying. What is relevant (apart from age and health, of course) is day length and light intensity. So snowy weather can actually stimulate laying due to all that reflected light. But ...
by Hen-Gen
05 Jan 2015, 15:13
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: white pyle hen
Replies: 1
Views: 1485

Re: white pyle hen

Hi Paul Didn't want you to think that you were being ignored. As I know from past experiences trying to find a rare colour in a minority breed can be like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. You may have more luck contacting the Secretary of the appropriate Breed Club. They often know...
by Hen-Gen
02 Jan 2015, 21:29
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Any eggs yet?
Replies: 12
Views: 6821

Re: Any eggs yet?

Their general rule is as follows. And having lived in both England and Scotland it applies no matter how far north you go. a) Pullets hatched Jan- Apr last year come into lay in Sept-Oct and lay right through the winter, spring and next summer until they stop when the moult begins. b) Pullets hatche...
by Hen-Gen
31 Dec 2014, 12:48
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Attracting new members:
Replies: 22
Views: 7331

Re: Attracting new members:

'I like the cut of your jib' as they used to say in a bygone era!
by Hen-Gen
30 Dec 2014, 19:02
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Persistant soft eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 4621

Re: Persistant soft eggs

Thanks for that. I await a progress report as the season turns.
Oh, to brighten everyone's day - the days are already lengthening and Spring is just around the corner!
by Hen-Gen
30 Dec 2014, 14:41
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: Persistant soft eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 4621

Re: Persistant soft eggs

Well that's a rum tale. Never encountered that. Is it something that just afflicts hybrids or do all chicken breeds get it?
by Hen-Gen
10 Oct 2014, 10:17
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Strange behaviour.
Replies: 10
Views: 3509

Re: Strange behaviour.

Ah, my own paranoia awoken. Earlier this year I retained two male chicks from eBay eggs to replace my cockerels that were killed by a dog last year. One of them started crowing really early. The better one made no sounds though I did catch him mounting a hen at 21 weeks of age. But now, at 7 months,...