July 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm #525695
BV,re the staffy, I think it was the steep nature of the land. It’s a place you can only get to with 4WD, and since the black saturday bushfires (and possibly even before them) the amount of under growth, combined with how tall the tree ferns are, it’s deceptive. I had no idea how high up we were walking,on a dirt track. It makes my gut turn when i think about my girls, if they had fell.
Anyway, Vinnie, the staffy went around a corner before us, he wasn’t rushing. When we called him he didn’t come back. There was no noise, like when he chased something he would yap-yap, so we knew to call him off and to come back, there was no yapping. There was a small creek at the bottom of the drop, DH went back that day and got down with ropes and walked along the bottom. I think the dog must have slipped and broken his neck or something similar. The silence was the weird thing, calling and calling him for hours, if he was just injured and alive he would have made some noise. So i can only hope he died quickly. We put signs all around the area, but it’s very remote plantation and the few forestry workers said the didn’t see him. And we never heard anything from the pound etc. So thats the long story 😉
I would love to buy some of your chicks! but i don’t suppose you could put them in the 😛 postJuly 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm #525696
I wish I lived closer too. Maybe in time if I get a broody
I could buy some eggs. I’m so far from most of you 🙁July 24, 2012 at 3:38 am #525697
I’m sure we could do some egg posting too. I’ll have Light Sussex, Barnevelder (double laced hen), Silver Laced Wyandotte & the Australorps.July 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm #525698
5 tonnes of sawdust? Really? The pile would be larger than my house.July 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm #525699
BV, i would love some eggs when I get brrody’s. wyandots. I intened to buy fertile eggs from the poultry auction if i have as many go broody as i did last year. It would be a cool way for all of us to swap chicks from state to state :cheer:
I have blue and black langshan bantams. And would be happy to post fertile eggs. :cheer: I wont have anyway of telling if the chicks will be blue of black, becuase I cant take the blue and black hens apart, they are very close. The dad is a black. If i have enough go broody, I am going to let some sit on light sussex X bantam eggs. But it will be hard to tell the sussex eggs from the isa brown eggs :shrug:. The first few that go broody i will just be sitting them on bantam eggs, they are easy to tell apart being 1/3 of the size 😛
So unless i find some spare time to watch who’s laying, it will be a bit touch and go here this season.
Hey, how long can you keep a rooster in a flock before things become inbred? I havn’t seen dad hop on any of his daughters yet, but is there a general rue of when to get a fresh roo?July 25, 2012 at 12:35 am #525700
I think they say to get a fresh roo every two years. That could be just to make sure you’re getting maximum fertility as opposed to inbreeding. I figure in nature if there were still wild chooks, there would be some element of inbreeding anyway. I don’t think they’re as affected by it as humans are.
Ediedioh, Yep, 5 tonnes! It’s a fun mountain for the children to play on! I find it’s more convenient to get a trailer load at a time – pretty hard to keep a mountain dry. Can you give more info on the rice husks please? Why are they best for you?
Vickie, only my Australorps are laying at the moment, but I popped a bantam egg in the Light Sussex & SLW nest boxes today to give them the hint. Hope it works! I’m sure they’ll be laying by the time your hens go broody.July 25, 2012 at 11:27 am #525701
BV, do you use sawdust where they lay as well? Mine were laying better. I was getting 4-5 a day (from 14 hens). Since I lost the 3 Molly did, I am getting 2-3. Yesterday I found a pile of about 15 eggs that the sheep exposed by eating down a shrub. Then the same day there was 6 in the nesting box.. My little girl was quite impressed, but not so much when the basket was too hard for her to carry as she usually does 😉July 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm #525702
Feeling a bit concerned. I knew I had red mites on my property as I’ve seen them crawling all over my worm farm.
Yesterday I put a fresh mixture of sawdust and shavings into the girls’ night cage and this morning I found the four of them rolling around in it, obviously giving themselves a dust bath. I didn’t see mites all over them, but there are mites in the litter and climbing over their feeder. The silly girls still sleep huddled together in their litter and don’t roost.
Is there anything I can do?July 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm #525703
NB: they don’t look anemic or anything, but I know it’s too late if they doJuly 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm #525704
Those horrid, insidious pests can only be found at night.
You need to head out to the pen a few hours after sunset with a torch and look at the birds’ legs.
I hope you find nothing. I’ve never had to deal with them myself but have read of it being a nightmare to get on top of — but it is possible to eradicate.July 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm #525705
Late to work today… DD heard the happy cheeping of chicks 3 days early just as we were getting in the car. Our clever Salt & Pepper has done it again!
She’s so friendly and relaxed with the children, they can just take chick from under her without fear of being pecked. My other mother hens would draw blood and carry on but not her.
Will be trying to leave in time to get home during daylight hours so I can have a proper look.July 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm #525706
The mites I saw were during the day. After their dust bath this morning the chooks don’t seem bothered by anything, they have all their normal personalities on, so maybe they’re not being so badly bitten. I didn’t see anything on them and their leg scales were not raised. When I can find my camera I’ll see if I can take a photo of a daytime mite in macro mode and perhaps it will be obvious to the more experienced if it is a dangerous one.July 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm #525707
Congrats on new babies! How is your roo going?July 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm #525708
Miaowzen, half the battle will be catching it early. Do you think the mites came in on the mulch? or were they there before you moved?
When we had our infestation, is was very very bad, we lost a lot of baby chicks to anemia. I did see the mites crawling during the day, mainly on eggs. Never on the chooks, but if you disturb where the mites are they will crawl around in the day. I would just make sure the mulch/woodchips are far from the cooks pen, even burn it :shrug: or get rid of it all together. From memory you didnt have any wood in your night pen?? its all metal?? IF the frame of your chook pen is wood, the mites could move & live in there and then your sunk. We had to move our chooks totally out and away of their old pen, the infestation was so bad, we tried for weeks to treat it.. but could not clear the mites from the wood frame. Dust the hens in a parasite treatment from a stock supplier .. others had natural ways to treat chooks too from memeory.July 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm #525709
I already had mites here, I saw them all over the worm farm which is in a different part of the garden away from the chooks. Within days of putting in the (entirely metal) night cage and roost, I saw mites on the plastic feeding station during the day and was concerned, so I have made sure I don’t put anything wooden into the cage, except dry litter. My girls always sleep huddled up together on the floor although I have seen them up on the metal roosts in the morning when they’re stretching their wings. This morning I saw mites in the sawdust and it was only put out yesterday, so they must have already been living around the cage.
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