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by mrchips
15 Feb 2014, 19:16
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: 'Free laying' Free Range chickens
Replies: 6
Views: 1022

Re: 'Free laying' Free Range chickens

Thanks for that. I've got two nest boxes in the older house and one long one in the newer hours. I do wonder if the long nestbox is too big for a house with, at present, only four chickens in it. I was planning for a dozen chickens and built the house with that in mind. Maybe they are lonely! lol.
by mrchips
15 Feb 2014, 18:28
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: 'Free laying' Free Range chickens
Replies: 6
Views: 1022

'Free laying' Free Range chickens

Hi, I've got 15 chickens, 11 of which behave themselves and lay in their nest boxes generally. However 4, who have only recently come into lay are dropping their eggs on the grass or, today, I found one, an exchequer loghorn, on a nest containing 11 eggs, in bracken in a field behind my property. Th...
by mrchips
02 Aug 2013, 21:03
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Identification Crisis
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Re: Identification Crisis

Thanks Henwife. There's a quail at the back, I think the quail are females judging by the mature one's I have (their parents). I'll check the Brown Leghorn's breast feather colouring. I did buy some hatching eggs at the Smallholders Show in May. Only one of them was fertile and fortunately it's a he...
by mrchips
02 Aug 2013, 13:21
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Identification Crisis
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Identification Crisis

Well, maybe 'crisis' is over-stating the situation but ......... I bought some hatching eggs from the Welsh Game Fair in June, they were supposed to be 6 x White Leghorn and 6 x Brown Leghorn and I incubated them in with 6 of my own quail eggs. Now I've not hatched leghorns before so I might be wron...
by mrchips
14 Jun 2013, 09:29
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: ATTENTION newby hatchers
Replies: 41
Views: 21196

Re: ATTENTION newby hatchers

Thanks for that NCOTB - I'll give it a try. My current concern is that I've only hatched one egg out of 6, the others weren't fertile so I now have a lonesome orphan who probably thinks she's a 'me' and may not socialise with other chickens when introduced! Should I go and buy a couple of day old ch...
by mrchips
13 Jun 2013, 17:22
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: ATTENTION newby hatchers
Replies: 41
Views: 21196

Re: ATTENTION newby hatchers

Yes, that's my best guess too but Ui thought it worth asking the question incase anyone had had the experence.
by mrchips
13 Jun 2013, 16:24
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: ATTENTION newby hatchers
Replies: 41
Views: 21196

Re: ATTENTION newby hatchers

Thanks for that. Am I likely to have problems when I move the hatched ones (if any) to a brooder do you think?
by mrchips
13 Jun 2013, 14:20
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: ATTENTION newby hatchers
Replies: 41
Views: 21196

Re: ATTENTION newby hatchers

I've just hatched my first in an incubator. Can I mix speciesn in one setting? i.e. Can I incubate chicken eggs and Quails eggs together can anyone tell me? And if so what are the problems I'm going to have.