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First Broody of the year.....Spring is here.....!!!!
Wed 2-Mar-11
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wave  Well, I got my incubator today and it looks good,  so Nadine, perhaps towards the end of the month we could arrange for you to send me three eggs, if you are still happy to do so.  I am quite excited by it.  I might even try duck eggs again.  My ducks have started laying, but they are hopeless at hatching eggs.

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Thu 3-Mar-11
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danast said:

wave  Well, I got my incubator today and it looks good,  so Nadine, perhaps towards the end of the month we could arrange for you to send me three eggs, if you are still happy to do so.  I am quite excited by it.  I might even try duck eggs again.  My ducks have started laying, but they are hopeless at hatching eggs.


 wave  Hi there Danute,

OK as far as eggs are concerned but I really think you should have 6 as once they have gone through the post they sometimes get damaged or they are not as viable. I only got 3 out othe 6 eggs I ordered to actually hatch & only one was a girl.  I will post them on a Monday so I will give you the pick of the weekends eggs. If you send me your address. I have been saving suitable packing materials but essentially it is an egg-box with the eggs inside wrapped seperately. Then the box is covered in bubble wrap. I might then put it in another box. 

Are you doing a test hatch first?  How many eggs does your machine hold?

Yesterday I handed over 8 eggs to a very nice man who came to mend a leak for me, courtesy of the local council environmental office.....I was rather desperate as the plumber I called out took one look at it & walked away (he did say he would be back but didn't).  What it odd is this council handy-man got it stopped in about 20 minutes & for free. I dare say it is going to cost money to sort the inherent problem out but he actually stopped the leak which was getting worse. Luckily it was not actually within in the house but in a lean-to, tacked onto the back.  I think he deserved the fertile eggs as he had been admiring the chickens who came to check him out & serenaded him as he toiled.  

It is rather exciting to know the progeny of my girls & boys are getting out & about.......!!

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Thu 3-Mar-11
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When I was young, we kept chickens, and I loved it - sadly it isn't possible currently, but I think this is fascinating that you Nadine, can wrap up some eggs, and post them off to Scotland to Danuta, and as you say, your girls' offspring are getting out and about.

Amazing stuff.

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Thu 3-Mar-11
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wave Hi Val, 

That is the only way I could get hold of any Dorkings a few years ago.....nobody had any point of lay birds for sale but my neighbour said she would look online for me ( this was long before I had my laptop). She ordered them for me & within a day or two the egg-box arrived......Luckily I had a a broody hen just longing to be a foster mum.  She was ecstatic when they hatched......she had already hatched 2 ducks earlier in the year (for the neighbour) & she hadn't been at all keen on

them.shoo_fly

It takes a few years to build up a flock but it costs virtually nothing. I love having broodies as I think the birds are much stronger & less prone to illness. I try to use as little electrical heat as possible, although I do have a proper heater light for emergencies. I have also walked around with just hatched chicks in my bra or shirt pocket when the broody rejects them & they are near death. In fact I have one cockerel called "Phoenix" who was bought back to life that way last Spring & who now is the top male.  He was resurected in the fire of my bosum............big_laugh  big_laugh  big_laugh

I popped him back under Mama later that night when she wasn't looking.......I was scared the next morning when I went to look .......I thought she might have rejected him again!  But there he was running around with his siblings & all was well.

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Thu 3-Mar-11
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wave Hi Nadine.

 

Thank you .  Yes, I will try a test batch before I ask you to send eggs.  It is a very small incubator with only space to hatch three eggs but it will suit my purposes very well.   I shall get some eggs from someone nearby as I am not sure my new young cockerel is earning his keep yet!!!     I shall certainly keep you informed of my progress.  As you know it takes three weeks.   Mind you if I get a broody hen then I may be in touch sooner for these eggs.  We shall wait and see.  Thank you once again.  big_hug

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Thu 3-Mar-11
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I'm fascinated by this thread, since I wasn't aware, until I started reading the Blog, that one could really send eggs by post to be hatched elsewhere.  Marvellous stuff.

I'll try that again!

Thu 3-Mar-11
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wave You can actually buy them on eBay.  That is where I got the duck eggs last year.  As you know it didn't work, but I think it was the incubator rather than the eggs themselves.

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Thu 3-Mar-11
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wave  Just been out to feed the hens and ducks and I owe the cockerel an apology.  It seems he IS earning his keep after all.   eeek    whistle

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Thu 3-Mar-11
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Bravo.....cheers for the boy....!!  big_laugh  big_laugh  big_laugh

 

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Thu 3-Mar-11
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As we have yet to attempt despatching any of our hens to eat, I'm nervous of hatching chicks because of having to despatch further cockerels, I understand that the male to female ratio of hatchlings is weighted toward male.

However our cockerel does his job, often to the annoyance of Jessie (our dog) - who tends to chase him whenever she see's him 'on the job'.

I'm getting two new hens on Saturday, not sure what they are yet, through a friend of a friend, they are supposed to be rare breed, but I'll not get excited till I see them.

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I would be hoping for more males than females as we would like the guarantee of chicken. Chicken seems to be making more of a regular appearance in our supermarkets but I wouldn't like to guarantee their welfare whilst still alive. eeek

Sat 5-Mar-11
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got  my new girls today 3 of them " or at least I hope they are girls, they look like some sort of old english game birds, possibly Carlisle type 

 here and here are some pics

Sun 6-Mar-11
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Hi Janet......Great to see the photos.....not that I know too much about the game breeds except my Hatttie was one, or crossed with one, possibly a Cornish. How old are they supposed to be?  

I think you MIGHT have two girls & one boy ( the one on the left in the photo of the 3 of them) but they are really difficult to sex. I usually wait till they either crow or lay an egg.  

The girls are not usually very prolific layers & pretty terrible mothers as they tend to trample the eggs. However they have huge amusement potential as they are the funniest birds to watch, especially when running. You have to make sure they get a lot of exercise as their favourite occupation is eating.....therefore they produce a huge amount of super-stinky poo.......so you certainly will have good compost for your garden next Spring.............. big_laugh   big_laugh   big_laugh

 

Be prepared for them not getting on with any other breeds of chicken; they often don't get on with their own.

Sorry to be so down on them but I think of them as a show breed which has been wrecked by very selective breeding.  I would eat them as soon as they reach their optimum size as they are mean eating machines.They therefore die early from heart attacks or have problems with their legs not being strong enough to carry their weight.

I would join this forum & post your photos on there.....it is full of experts who will help you.

http://www.ultimatefowl.com/viewtopic.php?f=19.....8;start=10

If you track down to the 6th post on this page it shows photos of the Carlisle breed.

Here is another forum that I had listed....they might be of help.

http://overthegate.myfreeforum.org/archive/old-eng.....22367.html

Just a little warning tho'.......these forums are very male oriented so it might be an advantage not to give any hint that you are a woman.....luckily "Terrier" is a good disguise......!!! wink  wink

Or you could join BYC  ("BackYard Chickens" ) which I joined a few years ago when I was researching Hattie's background. It is a US forum but with members from all over the world. It used to be a lot smaller & friendlier than it can be now; it can be very volatile at times......  dalek..... but it has a huge amount of collective knowledge & they like Brits.

I have given you a link that shows you the area you should post your photos......you will have to register first of course.  ***They also have a great recipe section as well as preserving & crafts.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewforum.ph.....?id=15         *****For recipes, preserving etc.

 

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Cheers Nadine

well they're definitely not carlisles then are they. Hmm, have asked my friends husband to go back and ask again what they were. Got our first egg off them today - not going to get fat on then are we? In my little collecting pot, I had a nice big sussex egg, a silkie bantie egg and then this little one from one of these, was quite funny to look at. As it's late I'll browse the links tomorrow, but thanks for the help.

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wave Janet, 

Do you have any idea how old they are?  They look pretty young to me, so the small egg could be a beginners egg (my name for them), in which case they will probably get larger.  These type of birds often don't like to perch as they get older & heavier & it would be an idea to provide a low perch a few inches off the floor for them as they can damage their legs leaping from higher.  Oh, I forot to say they rarely fly as they are top heavy.....they are real jungle fowl, wandering around on the floor......They seem to like having a lot of cover from trees & bushes.

I hope they are settling in OK, at least you have three to keep each other company.....my poor Hattie (or HH as I renamed it; standing for Him-Her) was a loner. It used to break my heart.

Good luck with your search for the breed......keep us posted.   

 

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