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lilwitedogs



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 8:13 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Oh, that would be nice, too, stu.  Volume is good.

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gunners71uk



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we getting some chickens about 5 i been told i will have rats my garden is a terrace house garden but big enough for the chooks i thought if i keep things clean i wont have a problem  how do i go about  kee ping on top of the problem i have tidied my garden so its flat and bare so its not welcoming im worried as i dont want me neighbours ganging up on me i have seen the odd rat in 20 years any advice please ta
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bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm rather proud of this one  I wrote it sometime ago but the advice holds good. Click this link Gunner.
http://overthegate.myfreeforum.org/about856.html
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gunners71uk



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheers bodger well my garden is clear and i keep all the feed in me house in plastic boxes the coop i have is 3 ins off the floor but i can see under it as the run which comes with it fits flush but i am going to move it round regulary i will cut the food source and keep a bait box out ffrom the start will chickens be able to get there head in the bait box ?or should i just leave bait box out at night your article is good cheers
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bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Instead of poison on corn, I'd be tempted to use baitboxes with solid wax blocks of poison. That should preclude any accidents.
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Snozzer



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Location: Warwickshire - The center of Britain

PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use a bait that they can't carry off, because if they drop it in your chicken run and your girls get it    
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DEGSY



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ive just noticed that one of my hens has a build up of scales on 1 of her legs i think it maybe scaly leg and read to rub vaseline on her leg is that a good idea ,do i need to do all my hens and if anyone has any other advice would be appreciated thanks in advance
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lizzie44



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surgical spirit applied with an old toothbrush (  or use the other halfs !!) on the legs  worked well into the scalesand a smear of vaseline worked for me with an inherited ancient hen. I didnt treat the others and none have shown any sign of it. I think I did it about every week for 3 weeks. Love Lizzie
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DEGSY



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks lizzie
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks lizzie hens leg is now clean as anything i just covered her leg with vaseline 3 days on the run on the 4th days nice and clean
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lizzie44



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No probs Degsy - glad to help! Just keep an eye out and repeat if necessary. Love Lizzie
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george



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Location: Yorkshire

PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello All

Well we have taken the plunge and are looking to keep a few bantems in the garden, the coop and run arrived today and we have been in touch with a breeder who has quoted 35.00 for a trio of birds...two hens and a cockrel (dutch golds)but only want two hens so should be cheaper(is this a decent quote)also can anyone suggest a good book for beginners that covers all aspects of keeping poultry
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bodger



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi George
I'd be looking for approaching show quality bantams for that price, so dependant on how good a specimen they are then the price could be a bit on the steep side.
Good healthy run of the mill birds should be quite a bit cheaper than that. The eggs from dutch bantams will also be small and quite few a far between, so unless you really want that particular breed, I'd be inclined to look for something else.
Book wise, I'll see what I can sort out for you.

I see you live in Yorkshire and whilst i know that its a big county, freckle is a Yorkshire girl and she might have something more reasonable.
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george



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks bodger much appreciated

Any of the more docile breeds would be ok for the boys and a few eggs would be nice too
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bodger



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Light Sussex chickens. They are nice and docile and lay plenty of eggs. i keep the large fowl version but their smaller counterparts, Light Sussex bantams have much to recommend them too.

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