September 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm #525875
BV – how did your chook talk go?September 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm #525876
Bel, your welcome 🙂
yes i was wondering about the talk Bluewren,September 24, 2012 at 2:04 am #525877
😀 Thanks for asking BW, it went really well. Pretty happy with myself. I was unsure if I was going to talk about processing chickens for meat as I guessed there may well have been some vegans present, but I mentioned in my intro that we could possibly touch on that at the end if anyone was interested & they all started asking questions about that straight up! So we covered slaughtering & processing birds first! Eeep! That was not my intention at all! But it did all go well & I am pretty pleased with myself. :cheer:
Sad day today though, I found my gorgeous double laced Barnevelder hen, Esmerelda, dead today. She was still soft so I assume she hadn’t been dead long, but her neck had all been eaten & her breast flesh was completely gone. I didn’t even see the breast missing until I buried her as the skin & feathers covered it over but it looked like she’d been cut open & filleted. The neck was very obvious though. Her windpipe was detached at the bottom & all the side of her neck was missing. I found her at 1pm. I can’t figure out what happened to her. We have 6 ft fences with double electric strands at the top. Would rats eat her like that? But rats only come out at night & she was still soft. A hawk? Currawongs? Crows? Kookaburra’s? Magpies? We do have eagles on occasion, but they would have taken the whole body. I didn’t go into the yard yesterday, DH did it instead, but I’m sure she was healthy. Any thoughts? :shrug: 🙁September 24, 2012 at 3:24 am #525878
Oh BV – that’s terrible! 🙁 🙁 It’s hard enough to lose them – seems to always be the favourites too – but worse like that when it’s been so horrible.It sounds like an aerial attack of some sort.
Glad the talk went well. :tup:September 24, 2012 at 11:42 am #525879
How sad,and I’d think another bird too.We had a duck years ago that was munched.. not taken ..had to be from above i think.September 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm #525880
Bodies go hard, then soften again after about 6 hours — as you’d have noticed with your slaughtering experience. It could well have happened during the night. What a dreadful thing to come across. 🙁
I have chicks due to hatch last Sunday. The hen has been scratching the nesting material out of the box for weeks, preferring to sit directly down on the hard plastic instead. I think it’s meant she’s struggled to keep the temp up because at 2 days overdue the chicks still have lots of growing to do. I suspect this isn’t going to end well.September 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm #525881
Firstly, I am so sorry about the chookie coming to such a tragic end 🙁
I have an issue. I have discovered one of my chooks is sporadically sitting on the fertilized duck eggs, whereas the ducks haven’t finished laying so haven’t started to sit yet.
Are those eggs all ruined?
Btw soaking all my grains before giving them to chooks is working really well. I throw a bit of kefir in the soak water too. The chickens love it.September 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm #525882
I think day one of sitting is about bringing the eggs up to temperature to kick start cell division — so unless the hens are really organised in taking turns my guess would be that it’s not a problem — but then having said that it’s not ideal so maybe replace the eggs with dummies and store them until the duck goes broody.
I’ll have to go back and re-ready the kafir thing, seemed kind of like hard work on first reading but I suppose it’s just a matter of making the soaking etc part of your routine.September 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm #525883
I just put a few kg of grains in a bucket and then filled the bucket with water. Each day I scoop some out. The chickens go crazy for it, and I feel good in knowing that there shouldn’t be much phytic acid left, therefore more minerals in our eggs.
As for the kefir, it’s not necessary but I make it for myself every day anyway. Anything that can soak in water is benefitted by a splash of kefir so that the bacteria predigest the sugars and indigestible fibres.September 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm #525884
Thanks for the info re sitting on eggs. I went back out again and she had just laid hers amongst the duck eggs and then left. Two of my chickens do that. I don’t think they sit for more than 30-60 minutes so should hopefully be ok.September 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm #525885
miaowzen…im confused.. did you mean your chook has gone broody on duck eggs?? :shrug: :blush: bit slow today..been up since 4am.September 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm #525886
I don’t think she’s broody yet but she’s laying in the duck nest and sitting on them while she’s at it. She takes her time to read a book and ponder the meaning of life.September 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm #525887
Ahh i see,now i get it..your wondering if she is heating the eggs too much while she is pondering the meaning of life 😉 And here i was thinking your hens might have ducks.. you have to admit that would be super funny and cute :cheer: 😛 😆
BTW…Your a good chook mummy miaowzen, soaking food and such.. my chooks would love you,.. as they only eat pellets when they are starving.. and some days i don’t have time for much else.September 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm #525888September 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm #525889
yay the photos worked! wasn’t having much luck earlier 🙂
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