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Fri 24-Jun-11
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If anyone is in the area, and is interested " there is an auction in Reading tomorrow morning Saturday 25th June - (Thimbleby & Shorland) which includes some poultry.

There is general 'hardware' " troughs, chicken shed, rabbit hutch etc;
plus hatching eggs, large fowl, waterfowl, turkey chicks, pigeons, quail, bantams, turkeys and geese.

See this pdf:
http://www.tsauction.co.uk/Files/Events/80/fjun11catlog.pdf

(off Junction 11, M4) 

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Fri 24-Jun-11
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That looks like fun!

I'll try that again!

Fri 24-Jun-11
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You have to be strong at these auctions, TA, it is SO easy to buy things ....... I've been there many times ......... but yes, it is a lot of fun, too.

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ooh don't I know, last time I went to one, we ended up with 5 more hens and a cockerel. I just can't resist

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Terrier said:

ooh don't I know, last time I went to one, we ended up with 5 more hens and a cockerel. I just can't resist

 

I know what you mean .........

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One of my hens has hatched chicks, the first successful brood this year. I have four so far with more to come I suspect ( I don't 'candle' the eggs to check as I think that the mothers are best left alone).   I was a bit worried about one of them because it was so tiny & seemed to have problems standing but this morning it is looking fine & was eating along with his slightly older sibling. The other two obviously hatched overnight so they are tucked under Mum to dry & fluff up. She is so proud of them all & not too aggressive¦¦she let me lift her a bit to take a peak at them. I wonder how many of the other eggs will hatch. I will have to keep the humidity high in their 'maternity ward' (an ancient rabbit hutch) today because of the high temperature otherwise the hatching chicks get stuck in the shells.

Sorry I can't show you pics but my camera is broken & I can't afford a new one till the building work is done¦¦..got to get my priorities sorted.   laugh

 

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 wave  Congratulations to you and Mum.  She must be very trusting if she let you lift her  up, Nadine.  Please keep us posted as to how many you get.

I have a new chick this morning too.  As you know I am using my wee incubator this year to hatch eggs to strengthen my flock.  These ones are from hens that lay beautiful, large blue eggs.  One chick hatched last night and I see the shell cracked on one of the others so here's hoping.  It is exciting isn't it Nadine. 

Oh and by the way, the ducklings are almost 2 weeks old and are doing very well.

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Ooh, all this hatching is making me so excited!  I'd love to be able to join in.

I'll try that again!

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wave I am always excited by new hatchlings & I am very lucky that my hens really seem to trust me. I think it has to do with being very calm & quiet around them. I always talk to them. Chickens get very scared if you move suddenly or make a lot of noise. 

 

Danuta congrats on your new chick.......blue eggs, I have always been fascinated by them. 

I'm glad the ducks are doing well. I have looked after ducks & hatched them for a friend (under my hens) but I have never kept them myself. All that poo-ey water puts me off..........eeek  big_laugh  

 

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I think I should be put off ducks by that Hattie...

I'll try that again!

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wave  That's me with my three wee chicks now - the incubator only has three places.  Two fluffy yellow and brown balls are already in their hot box, pecking at hard boiled egg and cous cous and the other one will join them soon.  What a relief they are all fine! smile

Do you know your final count Nadine?

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Excuse me, you cook for your chickens?

I'll try that again!

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wave  When they are so young you have to be careful.  No more egg now, but I have discovered that  besides the chicken crumb they love cous cous and oatmeal. I only add hot water to it.  You do have to look after them you know.  I am in effect their Mum and am responsible for their growth.  big_laugh

Anyway, I often boil up tatties and veg peelings for the hens.  They reward me with beautiful eggs,  so I reckon it is worth the effort.  big_laugh  

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danast said:

wave  That's me with my three wee chicks now " the incubator only has three places.  Two fluffy yellow and brown balls are already in their hot box, pecking at hard boiled egg and cous cous and the other one will join them soon.  What a relief they are all fine! smile

Do you know your final count Nadine?

wave Hi Danuta,

Well I have seven so far plus one that didn't make it out of it's shell. There are a few more eggs which she is sitting on but I don't think for much longer as she is preoccupied by looking after the little ones. It looks as if I have 5 girls & 2 boys but as mine are hard to sex I may be very wrong. The seven who survived look very healthy & strong.

I too cook for my chickens, especially in the cold of winter. I feed them porridge oats made with hot water but I have never tried cous cous, I must give it a go.  Mine love left over pasta¦..I always make a little extra for them¦..laugh

 

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wave  Seven, that is great.  That is a good number for her to look after.  What breed are they?

 I always cook extra pasta too and rice as well.  In the winter I mix their layers mash with warm water.  Nice and warm after a cold night.

 I must admit I only give cous cous to the young chicks, easy for them to peck at individual grains.

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