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  1. No its only the one bird that shows signs and symptoms. To be it sounds like a disease backyard poultry keepers can do little about and that includes the majority of forum users. From reading articles on the disease which were telling me to isolate the poorly hen from the rest I came to the conclusion that there was little point in isolating her because if one has it the rest have been exposed to it and the infection can remain in the ground for months anyway so taking her out isn't really beneficial. The reason I emailed the British Poultry Club was that I thought that surely there must be hundreds more poultry enthusiasts who show birds which have been exposed to Mareks but obviously don't show signs and symptoms so you cant tell. Another point is that very little fancy breeds will have been vaccinated anyway. Steve
  2. Hi guys, Just giving you an update on the Mareks situation. After contacting a number of vets like a responsible chicken owner. I was asked to bring the hen in to one of them for a blood test. In the end they didn't carryout a blood test, they rang AFBI and a commercial broiler house. They got back to me says that most backyard poultry will be exposed to Mareks at some stage and some birds develop anti bodies. In regards to showing I contacted British Poultry Club who told me that I can still show birds who don't show signs and symptoms. Steve
  3. I understand Beantree. Im a responible chicken owner and would want to do whats right for my hens.
  4. Hi Beantree, Didn't bring her to the vets. The vet would charge an arm and leg to tell me there is nothing they can do unfortunatley. Steve
  5. Hi guys, Just an update on the chicken situations. The seller who sold my friend his hens has agreed to replace those affected birds so fair play to him. I have to isolate my bird. So if I isolate this hen I cant show the rest of my birds? Many Thanks Steve
  6. Thanks a millions guys, I didnt think its could be this bad. Would a vet be able to do much because alot arent familar with poultry ailments and there is little they can prescribe? Many Thanks Steve
  7. Thanks guys, I didnt realise it was this bad. I dont think I have transferred any thing because my hen had her eye condition a few weeks ago and my friends ISA brown was only bought a couple of weeks ago and they werent near each other. I have got my friend to keep them away from the rest of the birds for now. Many Thanks Stephen
  8. Hi gavclojak, He says there is a bit of discharge like watery. He is just using straw in the nest box. Thanks STeve
  9. Hi again guys, I have a lavender pekin hen, one eye is what people would class fine for a pekin, orange eye with black pupil but the other is completly black. A few weeks ago it was partially black but now is completely black. Id say she is quieter than the othe hens but she seems to have eaten. DOes anyone know what this is or if it is something to be concerned about? The blackness of the eye maybe hard to see in the photo because of the light Many Thanks Steve
  10. Hi Guys, My friend has recently bought a few ISA Brown Hbrid POL pullets but 1 or two of them have a swollen eye and I am not sure why so I was wondering if you could help and diagnose from a photo. Im not an expert and would appreciate any help. I have put the picture of the bird below Many Thanks Steve
  11. Bee-Day 2014: Beginning with Honeybees Have you ever really thought about where honey comes from? Have you ever wondered, “Could I become a beekeeper?” Following on from the success of its inaugural “Bee-Day” in 2013, the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers is, again, running an event to help the curious answer these questions. The INIB’s 2014 beekeeping familiarisation day will be held in the Navan Centre, (81 Killylea Road, Armagh. BT60 4LD), on 8th November 2014. This event is aimed at the ever growing number of people who are interested in beekeeping and the role this fascinating little insect has to play in our wider environment. Honeybees and other pollinating insects are vital to a very large part of food production across the globe (and to local apple production) and worryingly, they are under threat. The 2014 INIB Bee-Day presents an opportunity to learn how you can help preserve honeybees. The City of Armagh is recognised as a seat of ancient learning and so it is appropriate that we bring this event to the Navan Centre. Interestingly, organised beekeeping in Ireland has its origins in a meeting held in Armagh in the late 19th Century. You will hear first-hand accounts of the pleasures of beekeeping. Knowledgeable beekeepers will talk about the life of the honeybee, the different jobs bees carry out during their lives, swarming and wintering a colony of bees. Time will be devoted to the queen honeybee, mother of all in the hive, whose qualities largely determine the success of the colony and ultimately, of all beekeeping activities. Information will be provided about the basic equipment needed to keep bees and associated costs. Advice will even be provided on how aspiring beekeepers can obtain healthy, placid and industrious bees. One of the best ways to start beekeeping is with the support of your local beekeeping association. The INIB will be providing everyone who attends with contact details for all the local beekeeping associations so that anyone who is interested can take the next steps to becoming a beekeeper. Bee-Day 2014 presents the public with an opportunity to talk with and question experienced beekeepers. Go along and find out if you could become a beekeeper. Complementary morning refreshments and a finger-buffet lunch will be provided for everyone who pre-registers for the event before 4th November. For further information and to register for the Bee-Day, please contact: Tom Canning, INIB Education Officer: T. 028 38871260 M. 07867878474 tjcanning@btinternet.com Lyndon Wortley, INIB Membership Secretary: leawortley@aol.com Stephen Wilson: M.07955258629: stephen.m.wilson@hotmail.co.uk Stephen Robinson: M07854943294: admin@sgrobinson.co.uk Caroline Thomson, INIB Secretary: secretary@inibeekeepers.com
  12. Where does honey come from? What do bees do in Winter? If these questions have ever crossed your mind, join the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers in The Navan Centre in the heart of County Armagh on Saturday 8th November. You might even ask yourself, “Could I become a beekeeper?” Come along! Enjoy a free, informative day on “Beginning with Honeybees” and find out the answers to these questions and more! Saturday 8th November 2014; 9:30am to 4:30pm Enjoy complementary morning refreshments and lunch. Prior booking essential For further information, contact: * Tom Canning, INIB Education Officer: T. 028 38871260 M. 07867878474 tjcanning@btinternet.com * Lyndon Wortley, INIB Membership Secretary: membership@inibeekeepers.com * Stephen Wilson: M.07955258629: stephen.m.wilson@hotmail.co.uk * Stephen Robinson: M07854943294: admin@sgrobinson.co.uk * Caroline Thomson, INIB Secretary: secretary@inibeekeepers.com
  13. Recently when feeding the chickens I have noticed small white mites crawling on my hand that I have used to touch the food. I take it I have flour mite/meal mites in my chicken food. Could somebody point me in the right direction to dealing with them please? Many Thanks Steve
  14. Thank you very much Lavenders_Blue and Chickabee for your help, still don't know yet if we are for getting a dog but will keep you updated. Any breed recommendation, looking for a jogging partner and not likely to annoy the chickens? STeve
  15. This is brilliant help thanks guys for your help. Not sure about whether a pup or rescue dog yet. Its just I had planned about penning it of but I just was thinking of precautionary measures incase it did get out. Steve

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