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bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:15 pm    Post subject: Ask a Poultry Question  Reply with quote

No matter how simple or complicated your question is. Ask a way We have some very knowledgble poultry keepers on OTG who would only be too pleased to answer your queries.
Remember! If you don't ask, you'll never know.
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Viva



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, why has one of my birds got a much smaller comb than the other?  Same hybird but quite different.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And, why are they always trying to get in the kitchen?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And why is one so much friendlier/relaxed than the other?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A)
All birds are different and it may also relate to where they are in their laying cycle. Combs tend to be more prominent in birds that are either in lay or coming into lay.
B)
They're hungry.
C)
As they say in Parliament " May I refer my honourable friend to my answer in the first half of answer A ?"
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do chickens eat fewer greens as the days get shorter and why?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a chicken that lays down a lot, not on eggs though could she be broody or poorly?? She is eating and drinking fine but not doing much of anything else  Do hens even get broody at this time of year?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

deyzis mum wrote:
I have a chicken that lays down a lot, not on eggs though could she be broody or poorly?? She is eating and drinking fine but not doing much of anything else  Do hens even get broody at this time of year?


I have one like this too. I assumed she was broody again   She isn't sitting on eggs because no one is laying any (slackers!) I keep turfing her out of the henhouse.
Do you think she needs a hobby  
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First of all, I'd like some of the other poultry keepers to get involved in answering these questions, I don't want this to simply  become a ' Bodger answers' thread.

Viva wrote:
Do chickens eat fewer greens as the days get shorter and why?


Its not something that I've noticed in my chickens. The only answer that I can come up with, is that its late in the season and that the greens that are about are not nearly so tasty and tender as they were earlier in the year. Put the right greens infront of them and I'm sure that they'll tuck into them.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deyzis Mum and Alice

There are a few signs to watch out for that will tell you whether your hens are broody or simply lazy or feeling ill.
The broody will normally want to sit on an egg, although the really thick ones, will from time to time simply sit tight in an empty nest box. This brings me to another pointer. A broody normally likes to find somewhere nice and cosy and out of the way to sit and not generally out in the open.
The biggest give away however is her demeanor. She puffs herself up and gets quite angry if you disturb her. She will make a characteristic almost annoyed clucking noise as if to say " how dare you " If you attempt to put your hand beneath her, she may very well peck at you to warn you off. Once you've seen a hen that is genuinely broody, you shouldn't mistake the symptoms.

If your chicken isn't feeling 100%, it could be for a 101 reasons. I hope I've been of help.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stumpy Bodger, Is it possible for a hen to lay the same egg twice on a windy day?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh definately        I've nearly done it myself.  :laff:
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

  you are the wind in the day!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still investigating if I am up to looking after chickens!

How much, on average, will it cost for a couple of hens and all the gubbings to go with them?

I know it will depend on how fancy I want to go but I can't afford fancy!  

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