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Chatty Chicken (7/19)



  1. It is not an age thing, horrible people are simply that. Young horrible people turn into old horrible people, thankfully the opposite is also true, and there are exceptions in both cases. (no I don't mean that old horrible people turn into young horrible people) Patsy, they really should hang their heads in shame for treating you so badly. Anyway, chin up, and load up on chillies for next time Kev.
  2. That tickled me somewhat! You seem to have more hair than me and are always eating Kev.
  3. Mine is Holly the computer from Red Dwarf. I have always been a big red dwarf fan. I think I might change him to the cat next Kev. Edit:- I meant big not bog!
  4. Thanks for the explanation Tasha, So now thats cleared up theres just the minor problem of a dealing with a single hen and four cockerals. I think the way to go is to grow them all on until the girly is about point of lay and then integrate her with some new POL's to create a new flock of the same age for the school plot, whilst hoping that the boys don't start crowing or fighting to the death before then. They can then be re-homed as planned/promised or 'dealt' with. I have an awful feeling it will be the latter and yours truly will have to do the deed. Kev.
  5. Out of curiousity what is the difference between auto-sexing breeds and sex-linked? Is it only certain breeds that have been developed to have this rather useful identifiability? Is there any chance it could be the other way round?, 4 hens and 1 cockeral would be a much better I realise there is a lot of straw clutching going on here Kev.
  6. I have just moved them into their new des res accommodation. So we will see if they prefer living as rabbits as opposed to fish Cathy seems to remember them being sex-linked chicks whereby the boys are yellow and grow resemble a light sussex and the girls are gold and develop to look like a standard battery hen. Here is a link to some before and after pics (my have they grown) and a little video clip. ***link to pics*** ***Chick Pic Flick*** the password is 'omlet' enjoy edited: to get the links to work hopefully! Kev.
  7. I am no expert, but if I was a betting man, my money would be on the 'quiet keep out of trouble' brown feathered chick being a girly, and the other four fowl mouthed aggressive white feathered 'come and have a go if you think you're hard enough' ones to be males. The main reason I say this is the white feathered ones only seem to be aggressive towards each other and do the jump in the air kung-fu kick thing rather than pecking. This behaviour is not frequent but amounts to that of a bunch of 12 year olds who have just watched Rocky III. They are all currently cuddled up together cute as you like. They have certainly outgrown the temporary aquarium brooder solution Kev.
  8. I am sure I read it somewhere but it was to do with survival rates of the different sexes rather than determining the sex itself. Like you say I am sure the poultry industry would have exploited that if it where true. I probably dreamt it Kev.
  9. I don't know the full story, It's not a case of hatch them with no regard of what to then do with them. But I think the planning could certainly have been better. The idea was for them to go to the school allotment which is fine once they are old enough to be left over night, I don't think the caring for them until then part was thought through or discussed properly. I wasn't aware they were going to be coming our way or like I say we would have been more prepared. Not to worry, if I can get the aquarium brooder up and running and organise an eglu for when the are ready to go out things will be ok. The other complication is that four of them are boys, the school has found a home for these with a nearby allotment holder but that only leaves 1 girly, so when the boys go off to their new home Cathy will have to get a few more of the same age to keep her company. Am I right in thinking that the temperature of the incubator affects the sex of the chick? because I think there is a lesson to be learned there too. Kev.
  10. Sony have had their Playstation 3 and Qriocity (whatever that is) servers compromised by what they describe as an 'external intrusion'. Personal details including usernames, names and addresses, dates of birth, passwords, security questions and credit card/bank details have been stolen. So if you use the same password for other online sites as the ps3 one, I would change them pronto. The PS3 networks are still down following the attack and it is not known when they will be restored. Marvellous, nice one Sony, never heard of encryption you muppets! Oh well, I guess I should cancel my bank card. Kev.
  11. Due to a hatching exercise at school Cathy has been lumbered with 5 chicks to rear (now they are past the cute and fluffy stage). So she is bringing them home tonight. They are in a cardboard box at the moment and have a heat lamp. I feel something a little more robust is in order, especially as we have a cat. Not sure how old they are but I am guessing about 5 weeks, they are about the size of a pigeon. I have an empty 3 ft aquarium that could be easily converted to a brooder in the short term and it has enough height to raise the lamp etc. Do you think this would be ok? At what age will they be old enough to venture outside, in say an eglu or rabbit hutch with no lamp? Will they still need to come indoors at night? Sorry for all the questions, obviously if we had planned to raise chicks I would have researched all this before hand Thanks again. Kev.
  12. I have tried all the supposed ways to avoid the dreaded fly and the only one that works here is to cover them completely with enviromesh from sowing to harvest. I am not convinced that carrot fly only fly at low level either as I have tried growing carrots in an oil drum three foot off the ground and they still got "Ooops, word censored!"bled. Kev.
  13. You don't need to be a parent to feel the pain in that song, it's beautiful and an amazing tribute. Pink Floyd - Wish you were here, and Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush - Don't Give Up are the two that get me most, for different reasons. Kev.
  14. we have a SURVIVOR, yay It looks like a few more are thinking about germinating too, so hopefully the variety will live on. Kev.
  15. I would recommend separating the area of into a number of individual beds with permanent paths between them. Our lottie is also huge and the prospect of digging over a humongous field was very daunting. Digging a bed at time helps as it breaks up the work, beds that you are not working can be covered. This way the beds rarely get walked on and are easier to dig, and you don't waste money adding manure to areas that become paths. As soon as you get an area dug over and cultivated get it planted up and attack the next. Probably the biggest mistake I make is I go down there to do a specific job and then see something more urgent and then whilst doing that I see something more urgent still and flap about doing everything but what I set out to do. Your best friend is your hoe, keep it sharp and massacre them weeds when they are still young. Most of all enjoy it. Kev.

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