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About Dahato3

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  1. Hello all, it's been a while!

    I can only add that I have an amazing lavender araucana, olive, who came into lay around sixteen months ago. She lays the most beautiful pale green eggs and is a prolific layer. Throughout that time she has consistently laid, whatever the weather, and has seldom skipped a day!
  2. Don't use purple spray on chickens

    Purple spray every time for me..... I can only echo what everybody else has said.... It's always worked for me, I do tend to end up with purple fingers for a while and the chook in question will have purple feathers for a good while but this has never caused a problem in my experience.
  3. We have had a broody hen sitting on 2 duck eggs which have successfully hatched overnight I have unmediated chick crumb ready but have read that ducklings have a higher niacin requirement and that a powder supplement should be added. Is this safe for the broody hen too? We have successfully raised ducklings once before under a hen and if I remember correctly we only used chick crumb but now I am a little worried as I want to get it absolutely right.... Also at what stage do people tend to introduce ducklings to shallow water? I remember that this is a slow process but again my memory fails me!! Thank you in advance
  4. Mixing Bantams with LF and Hybrids

    Mine all run together in a large run with no problems. They include hybrids, buff sussex, cream legbar, Pekins and frizzles amongst others. I think that time needs to be taken over the introductions but given that I have hatched out a fair number of them myself they have grown up near each other but separate until they are completely ready, it has always been pretty straight forward. Strangely enough I am considering hatching out both Marian's and bantam orpingtons myself The main things to bear in mind are what you plan to do with any cockerels and also whether you would be risking mixing vaccinated hens with your new (unvaccinated) hens.......
  5. Trying again - any advice?

    Hello.... As I have said many times before.... I am no expert but have learnt as I've gone along!! Happy to help though if I can. It does sound as though you already know the basics..... Lots of hiding places, fresh food and water and shelter. We currently have 3 separate groups. One group consist of 1 cockerel and 4 hens. Another group is 1 cockerel with 2 hens and the final ratio is 1:3. The reason that we now have 3 groups is because I would always keep to 1 cockerel only with each bunch of hens. The reality in my experience is that quail can be (and often are) very aggressive and unpredictable. A young cockerel who we hatched recently became incredibly over excited at the arrival of spring and in his excitement and inexperience he caused a large open wound on one hens head. We solved this by increasing the ratio of hens to share the load. It was also suggested by the breeder that separating an over excited young cockerel for a few days helps to dampen his spirits and hopefully rough treatment of the hens!! Another time 5 hens plus 1 cockerel who had previously lived together quite happily all turned on one hen causing a nasty wound. She had to be removed and now lives happily with my other injured female. I think you simply need to be vigilant and accept that sometimes aggressive behaviour does and will occur. (Ps I also keep my purple spray handy!!) Despite the ups and downs I love my quail and simply couldn't be without them. For all of the problems that spring may occasionally bring once they start laying they definitely reward you with plenty of delicious eggs!! Good luck, enjoy your quail and cross your fingers for plenty of hens.
  6. I tend to let them out between 7-00 and 7-30 am and it is extremely rare for an egg to be laid. There is never a regular time that she appears to lay. I have tried keeping them in the smaller inner run but they just paced continually..... As previously mentioned the first day I kept them in all day with no egg at all, the next day in the small trug, today back in the water I left the trug in as I was worried that they would not be able to dip and dive at all for a large part of the day, I kept going out to see if she had laid but nothing until quite late in the day...... My only option seems to be to reduce their water container size even further but given that I have no idea when she will lay from one day to the next it seems a bit cruel..... I wonder if I simply have to give up completely on the idea of many edible duck eggs so far I have successfully collected 1 egg the remaining 8 have all been fished out of the water
  7. I have a pair of black East Indian ducks who live together in harmony in a reasonably large pen. For weeks I have been on the look out for any eggs so you can imagine my delight when last week the first egg was discovered!! My problem is that since then (and quite possibly before) all 5 eggs have been laid in the water, which seems such a waste. I tried to attach a spare omlet run onto the duck house hoping that she would lay on dry land before letting them have access to the main run and pond. Day 1..... No egg day 2 she laid in the small trug supplied for dipping in water today I've given up and let them back out into the main run. It is so frustrating...... I only have the 1 duck who is a delight to watch, very entertaining but she isn't the most prolific layer so every egg is precious!! At this rate I won't even have enough to bake a cake. Does anyone else have this problem? Any ideas anyone? Thank you in advance
  8. Lone quail

    I think that as with many animals quail prefer to have company but be prepared that quail can be quite vicious towards each other so introductions can be a little tricky. In my experience you simply never know as sometimes they turn on each other almost instantly ( often quite obvious as they will chase and peck each other and often draw blood) at other times it can be a breeze with no issues. It pays to either be very vigilant when first introducing or to take it slowly possibly by putting a partition in at first. Also do you happen to know if the remaining quail us a cockerel or a hen?
  9. Foster Quail

    Everything that you have mentioned is very typical of quail in my experience and I have kept both Chinese and Japanese for several years now. I have 2 groups at the moment one living in a large shed and the second living in a two storey rabbit hutch. They too have access to a warm enclosed area which they seldom use and appear much happier in the open wired sections day and night. We have double wired the outsides to make the holes smaller as they have a tendency to stay close to the wire and this can be risky. I should add that I try to create areas where they can hide and shelter such as upturned cardboard boxes, flower pots etc as they can be very skittish. Hope this helps......
  10. Eggs when?

    We have had quail for several years now. I have to be honest.... I really can't remember at what point mine came into lay this time last year although they were a similar age to yours. I can tell you that I'm certainly not expecting eggs for a while yet...... Hope this helps. It will happen and I for one never tire of discovering new eggs....
  11. Herban treatment

    We have 24 hens who are split into 2 adjacent large walk in runs. They are uncovered due to the number of trees etc that we have but both runs have a number of covered areas. About 10 days ago my gold frizzle, Ruby, started to cough and stopped laying. She remained active and continued to eat and drink. I began to add citricidal to the water of all my chickens but my columbine has also stopped laying and has coughed once or twice. I have put both birds together in a separate indoor run away from the others. Both remain active, they are still eating and drinking, no sign of discharge/ wheezing but they are still coughing...... After much research, primarily on this forum, I have ordered some herban tonic which is due to arrive on Tuesday. My questions are.... Should I stop citricidal and treat all of my girls with herban given that they have all been together? And (forgive my ignorance) but is it ok to eat any eggs whilst giving herban? Especially as I give eggs to friends and family.... Thank you in advance.... Jo
  12. Vaccinated birds

    We have always kept a mixture of vaccinated and unvaccinated hens....
  13. Flubenvet time.......

    Yes they are layers pellets but before I go ahead and treat all of the others I just wondered if they would benefit from a dose of worming treatment at the same time or whether they are too young for a dose of flubenvet. They have been outside in a separate pen adjacent to the others. I suspect they maybe too young and have always waited in the past.
  14. Just a quick question once again...... My existing chickens are due to be wormed so we have bought a sack of marriages layers pellets with flubenvet. I also have in an adjacent run a mixture of frizzles and pekins some of which I plan to keep, some I plan to move on. They are all 11 weeks old. Should I feed them the same food to worm them as well or are they too young? Any advice much appreciated.