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Dave C

Getting Cold

We had our first frost this morning  

As tempted as I've been to set a last batch of eggs in the Incy, I've decided against it.

My Indian Game chicks are nearly 5 weeks old and feathered nicely
They are still in the barn but with no heat lamp the last few days
Think I might get them outside this afternoon as its going to get out nice and not drop below 10'C tonight and the next few days.
So it seems a good time.

Anyone else still got chicks ?
Dave C

Well the weather has been kind this week with warmish nights but the little IG Cornish chicks seem to be thriving.







They seem a nice shape for 5 weeks old and I will be keeping an eye on that large dark cockerel in the middle.
He is way bigger than the rest and could be a keeper.
bodger

No chicks here that young Dave, I'm checking every day right now in the hope that my this years birds might start laying.
Dave C

My Sasso hybrid Gallic pullets are laying like the clappers and have done since they turned 17 weeks.

I tell you mate if they breed true the will be the ultimate duel purpose bird.
Cockerels dressing out at 2kg in 12 weeks and hens laying eggs at 17 weeks.
bodger

Blimey !    

Since my last post, I've locked the birds up and the air out there is pretty thin.
Dave C

I've just done the same and I was pleased I had my flat cap on  
brewer66

Youngest I've got are about 7 weeks, off heat and out and about in the day time.
10 of them, all female, RIR x Light Sussex.  
bodger

A goodly first cross Malcolm.
Dave C

brewer66 wrote:
Youngest I've got are about 7 weeks, off heat and out and about in the day time.
10 of them, all female, RIR x Light Sussex.  



You will be getting plenty eggs from them in the spring  
brewer66

Hope so. They are looking good.
I know the Light Sussex are good (Bodger's), not as confident about the RIR  
Dave C

It's a cross that's been tried and tested for generations and the basis of most of the hybrid layers  

Sure they will do well for you.

And the spare cockerels  
brewer66

I've got 24 Cocks of various ages from earlier hatchings waiting to be processed so this last hatching, being sex linked, the cocks were dispatched at day old.  
Do you pluck by hand Dave or do you have a plucker ?
Dave C

Oh I wish I had a plucker  
I used my mates on the last batch but I think Adam used it when he was a lad and it wasn't the best.

I will be dry plucking my Farm Rangers early next week but they pluck quite easy.

If they give you any trouble you could dip them in hot water until the wing tip feathers are easily plucked then just hang and pluck.
Bit smelly though  
Dave C

If I was you I would just skin them and if there isn't much too them.
Don't have the lovely crunchy skin, but it's much quicker  
Dave C

Well a lady from the nearby turned up today with 2 four months old pullets
They have grown bigger than she thought and needed to replace them with bantams.

So I took them off her as layers.

Sounds like they are the same as yours Malcolm Sussex  X RR
Will settle them in the put some pics up, there quite Bonney  
bodger

I've got some LS cocks to despatch next week. It really is much easier to pluck them  after you've poured boiling water over them. Give it a try.

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