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Wed 16-Mar-11
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gus
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Hi All,I have a small pen approx 10mtrs x 6 mtrs got six hens no cockrels  would like to put another type of bird in with them,any ideas ? Cheers Gus

Thu 17-Mar-11
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wave Hi Gus, welcome to the forums.  Someone will have the answer for you any minute now.

I'll try that again!

Thu 17-Mar-11
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wave  Hi Gus and welcome.

I have Khaki Campbell ducks and drakes in with my hens.  Apart from the rare squabble it seems to work pretty well.

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Thu 17-Mar-11
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Hi Gus  and welcome to the forum

from experience most tame fowle will rub along with chucks ,you will get some squabbling to find out the pecking order but they will sort it out between themselvs , there are a few crossover deseases to watch out for but not comon on a small scale ,the most common one being dlackhead ,but easily treatable if found ,and you have a good size run so they should be happy enough MOS

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  THANKS EVERYBODY I WAS THINKING ABOUT MAYBE A GOOSE OR BREEDING SOME PEAFOWL,DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT   THIS TYPE OF BIRD? CHEERS GUS

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MOS said:

Hi Gus  and welcome to the forum

from experience most tame fowle will rub along with chucks ,you will get some squabbling to find out the pecking order but they will sort it out between themselvs , there are a few crossover deseases to watch out for but not comon on a small scale ,the most common one being dlackhead ,but easily treatable if found ,and you have a good size run so they should be happy enough MOS


 

Eh, MOS, what's 'dlackhead' ?? Is this special MOS-talk? Is it in code?   big_laugh

(Sorry, MOS, I don't keep chickens, so I've no idea what I or you are talking about - perhaps I'd better get back to crocheting, ay?)   laugh

 

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wave  Don't worry Val.  I have no idea what he is talking about either  and I can't even go back to crocheting.  big_laugh

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Danuta, do chickens get blackheads? If so, perhaps MOS is byslexic ?? big_laugh   big_laugh   big_laugh

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wave  I've got a hen WITH a black head.  Does that count???   big_laugh

" byslexic "  just love it, very clever Val  big_laugh

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That must be the case, then - having a black head!

But -  is that a disease .........?

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Yes it is a disease that is quite serious in turkeys but not so serious in chickens. If they are grown together they are fine so I am told.

Hi Guswave, I don't know about raising peahens but I do know that either or both the peahens/peacocks make a dickens of row that sounds like crying children. A farm used to have some and I could hear them clear over the hill, not sure how far away it was but the noise did carry a lot. eeek

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wave Joanna, you are absolutely right.   I used to have a peahen that flew in in an electrical storm and didn't leave for about three years.  She was a menace.  She used to go and sit on my plants in the greenhouse and she did make an awful noise at times, but not as bad as a peacock.  She made quite a mess in the hen run and was a bit of a bully to the hens at times.

I did however miss her when she disappeared and often wondered what happened to her. 

I still would not recommend getting some though.

By the way, my hen with the black head is a black hen.  big_laugh

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I did wonder if maybe it was just the male that made the noise but suspected it wasn't.

I thought it might have been a black hen Danuta whistle hehe

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JoannaS said:

I don't know about raising peahens but I do know that either or both the peahens/peacocks make a dickens of row that sounds like crying children. A farm used to have some and I could hear them clear over the hill, not sure how far away it was but the noise did carry a lot. eeek


 

Same with Guinea Fowl. We had to ship ours out to a farmer because of the incredible din they made.

We have had ducks with our chucks too. No problem.

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