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bodger



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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 9:30 am    Post subject: Result !  Reply with quote

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Just before eight this morning I enjoyed a nice cup of coffee with three of the gamekeepers employed at the local 'Boduan' shoot.
They'd managed to catch a magpie for me to go in my Larson trap, so I'd dropped in to collect it. Armed with a new 'Judas' bird, now catching at our place should really kick in, the bird is already in the trap..
The keepers were getting ready to start a bit of a job. They had the task of catching up 6000 young pheasant poults and fitting them with 'bits'. Phew, in this weather its going to be hot monotonous work, rather them than me.
In recent years, what was once a private syndicate has changed and has become a large commercial enterprise. As well as umpteen thousand pheasants, they also put down upwards of 20,000 red legged partridges too. Things have really changed over the years since I used to beat there. In those days we never saw so much as a single partridge.
Anyway, as usual I digress. Over coffee I picked the head keepers brains and asked him about hatching guinea fowl eggs.  If you recall, I currently have an incubator with 28 eggs in it. He told me that in all his years, he'd more or less had to assist every gf chick that he'd hatched. He put it down to the toughness and thickness of the shells and he confirmed what I've already been told, in that water needs to be kept in the incubator from day one.
I have around two more weeks to go before my first lot are due to hatch and after my duck egg failure a while back, I'm not feeling overly confident but only time will tell.
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Dave C



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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Catching up the poults will save the shoot twenty odd thousand
So a must job for any gamekeeper of that size shoot.
But I agree it's going to be a hot sweaty job  

Good luck with the Guini eggs, can't help you with the hatching as I bought mine day olds.

Won't be getting them again though  

What's your plan for them mate ?
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ClaireK



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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote 'They had the task of catching up 6000 young pheasant poults and fitting them with 'bits'  unqoute

Excuse my ignorance, bu what do you mean by fitteng them with 'bits'?

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bodger



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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Claire they're temporary spectacles that are fitted onto the birds beaks. They blinker the pheasants and  this, stops feather pecking and worse still cannibalism. Most pheasants are kept very intensively for the first few months of their lives before being released onto free range and during this this initial period, they can develop vices.

Dave I've had them with the intention of eating them all but I ate some of the surplus eggs that I was given for the incubator and they tasted divine, so I'll probably wait to see just how noisy the blighters are.
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Dave C



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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very noisy, very flighty but also very tasty.
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Jaycee



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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep very noisy...got shot of mine...drove me mad.

By the way hatched mine with a broody chook, good hatch rate.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Anconas never go broody and my Light Sussex only very rarely. Those that do, usually leave it until late in the summer and so far this season I haven't had anything go broody.
I much prefer broodies to incubators. but if I hadn't used an incubator I wouldn't have so much as a chick yet. [/b]
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Dave C



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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the last 2 weeks I've had 4 Wyndotte bantams go broody, going to give them a try.

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