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sapphire



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:44 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Light Sussex are great chickens! Ive got LF & bantam in these, though the bantys are a bit feisty. Also got bantam brahmas & faverolles. Lovely friendly birds & the brahmas lay a decent size egg  
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george



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many many thanks folks...was told about the light sussex this morning on the way out from work and they sound great, the brahmas and faverolles sound great too, looking forwards to having them around...Many thanks

George
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you get them, don't forget your camera, we'd like to see them.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will pop some photos up as soon as i can folks
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ordered from Amazon thursday eve, arrived this morning.....Everything that i could ever want to know about chickens in the form of a book called the Haynes chicken manual...worth every penny
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello all

Just wondering what you folks use as regards mite sprays for spraying the inside of the coop also chook friendly disinfectant for the roosting bars and feeders and dusting powder for the chooks themselves, we clean the poop up in the coop every day and plan to have a full clean out every week replacing the old nest box/tray material with fresh medicated stuff and then a full coop clean/spray/scrub every month, my chicken book suggests a couple of products and a chap at work has suggested a product which i think was called duramitex??...any advice would be much appreciated
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I swear by some stuff called Mite Kill and use it both on the chickens and for treating wooden surfaces. In recent years, I've also started to use Ivomectin cattle pour on.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We read in a magazine that you can use Nippon ant powder for dusting the chickens and so have done for years (it has to be this one as others contain certain ingredients that are/can be toxic) it works out alot cheaper than most of the powders you can buy unless your buying in bulk!

We used to also mix it with the material used in a dusting box so when the chickens used it they were debugging themselves too fairly regularly and also with the fresh shavings put down, helps keep the shed and bedding mite free.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers folks, thanks for the advice
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a defunct static caravan that has old straw spread around on the floor. It also has lot of stuff stored in it and is very useful but along as being the home of the odd broody, its also become a 'drop in' stop for most of the neighbourhood cats. On recent occasions when I've gone in there, I've come out bitten to bits by cat fleas. A full container of Nippon was spread around the place in an attempt to kep the blighters in check. I don't know if its worked but I'm still only going in there with my trousers tucked into my socks.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Made me itch reading that Bodger (wheres an itchy smiley LOL)




Permethrin is 'good' for lice dusting the hut etc. Also put a bit in their dustbath areas, this also helps to debug wild birds!!
 I also use Ivermectin against bugs.. Creosote is the best thing to hopefully keep redmite at bay in your coop.  
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi, can anyone help on the subject of quail? I would like some for the garden, but which type do you suggest for eggs, and which for meat? Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Japs (common coturnix) are a decent size & good egg layers, a lot of people use these for eggs & meat. A good book to read through is Keeping Quail by Katie Thear.

You will have to keep them in a hut & run though - you cant let them loose as you wont catch them, they have a deathwish. They also dont put themselves to bed like chickens. they are pretty hardy though
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that. I already have the housing sorted including a large caged run for them. I have even managed to find somewhere that the jack russels can't go so hopefully they will be safe and relatively trouble free.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

george wrote:
Hello all

Just wondering what you folks use as regards mite sprays for spraying the inside of the coop also chook friendly disinfectant for the roosting bars and feeders and dusting powder for the chooks themselves, we clean the poop up in the coop every day and plan to have a full clean out every week replacing the old nest box/tray material with fresh medicated stuff and then a full coop clean/spray/scrub every month, my chicken book suggests a couple of products and a chap at work has suggested a product which i think was called duramitex??...any advice would be much appreciated


get ant stop liquid about 2.50 for 2 satchets will do about 3 gall and spray the lot kills mite lice wasps anything cheap and cheerful contains pyritherim
good old fashion remedy

watch ivermectin stories say that it can make your hens infertile


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