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Post by Ploshkin on 29th July 2015, 3:30 pm

My newest arrivals, this is the first wave that mostly appeared over Monday night. There were a few more yesterday - 15 in total. Cream Legbars, Exchequer Leghorns and Bresse x Leghorn

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Post by freebird on 29th July 2015, 9:19 pm

Ooooooooh!! I want one!
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Post by Chilli-head on 30th July 2015, 5:13 pm

Me too.

I made dinner last night, using my own potatoes, spring onion, tomato, cabbage and calabrese. The only major ingredient I had to buy were eggs ... I wish I had more space !
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Post by FloBear on 30th July 2015, 8:17 pm

A goodly portion of Chicken in the Basket there, Ploshkin.

CH, I am working towards a meal all from my garden but not this year, I'm afraid.
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Post by FloBear on 12th October 2017, 4:50 pm

Resurrected this thread as I have new arrivals. Only two. I intended a break after Daisy but my gardener had two that he had to keep apart from his main flock and asked if I'd like them. After a big clean-up and refurbishment of the accommodation, Igor and Mama Olga moved in yesterday. Jamie-the-gardener named Igor because she was a very large chick that loomed over the others in her family. I chose Olga's name from suggestions on another forum.
Olga is a Legbar and Igor is a Maran x Legbar so breakfast should be a colourful affair when we get eggs.
Here they are settling in.
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Post by FloBear on 12th October 2017, 5:50 pm

Meant to say, Olga is in front. She's still bosses Igor around even though her daughter is somewhat larger!
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Post by Dandelion on 12th October 2017, 5:54 pm

Oh, they're lovely!!

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Post by FloBear on 12th October 2017, 8:01 pm

I think so, Dandelion.
They're very handsome, though Igor looks a bit of a scruff. They have funny little tufts on their heads behind their combs.
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Post by Ploshkin on 14th October 2017, 6:06 pm

Having bred cream legbars for 20 years from what I can see of Olga she looks like a good one (there are plenty of dubious ones about).  You should get some nice blue eggs.
They are often known as cream crested Leonard because of the feather hats.
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Post by FloBear on 15th October 2017, 2:44 pm

Gosh, a bit of a Legbar connoisseur then!
She's a very feisty bird and had a go at me when I was putting the food in. I decided to hold her down to show her who's boss. She was very quick and turned to attack me cock-fighting style! With the help of a net curtain I got hold of her eventually.
Igor is very reticent. I need to find the ideal treats to tempt them so they see me as the bringer of Special Things.
No eggs yet. I wasn't expecting them to be such enthusiastic producers as ex-farm chickens that are bred to keep laying constantly.
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Post by Dandelion on 15th October 2017, 3:38 pm

FloBear wrote:
I need to find the ideal treats to tempt them so they see me as the bringer of Special Things.

Mine will do anything for a grape!!

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Post by FloBear on 16th October 2017, 5:54 pm

Thanks, Dandelion. Daisy loved cherry tomatoes but these two will peck at the juicy part and leave the rest.
Here is another pic. so Ploshkin can see if Olga is, in fact, dubious after all Wink
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Post by Ploshkin on 30th October 2017, 11:42 am

I didn't see the second picture of Olga before.  She's a bit gingery in the neck department so there's a bit of something mixed in there.  It will be interesting to see how blue her eggs are - if the breed is mixed they come out more greenish, if they are pure bred they are a really lovely blue (including the inside of the shell).  I'm not sure why I keep them as they are one of the least prolific breed of layers.  Here are some 'good' ones.  I'm not being big headed - I just stick eggs in the incubator and keep any pullets that come out.  I got my birds from probably the most knowledgeable and top breeder  of the breed and every so often he drops by for a cup of tea and always has a look at my birds.  He tells it as it is and is not polite about anything not up to scratch.  Only the very best make the cut with him  and last time he was here he wanted to buy one of my birds.  
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Post by FloBear on 30th October 2017, 4:56 pm

That's interesting Ploshkin. I wouldn't have known it was the same breed!
I can certainly vouch for them not being prolific layers - no eggs at all yet. Would like just one blue one. Jamie said that Igor's eggs are more olive in colour - she's a xMaran.
Mind you Igor's moulting a lot and Olga has a bit of a cough.
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Post by Ploshkin on 30th October 2017, 5:47 pm

I too ahve some new arrivals - I forgot to take a picture of them and it's dark now. I had a cull of all my old birds a little while ago and only have my pol pullets that I hatched. I wanted some hybrids for a more consistent supply of eggs so I got 6 Rhode Rocks. They're about the same age as my others and they are really nice healthy birds. I've had them a couple of days and I'm having trouble getting them to go into the house at night, they find some interesting places to perch in the run. I'm getting there, I only had to pick up 2 tonight.
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Post by FloBear on 30th October 2017, 7:36 pm

I've had the same with a few of my ex-cage birds. I think Daisy would have slept every night on top of the house if I hadn't posted her in through the door. for several nights in a row!
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Post by Dandelion on 30th October 2017, 8:34 pm

One of my last pairs of hens was a Rhode Rock (Blackberry). She was a beautiful, feisty bird, and quite temperamental. She had a funny habit of jumping up and down on the spot and was very difficult to catch if I ever had to take her to the vet. The only time she needed treatment was when she managed to push herself right through the chicken-proof fence, and dislocated one of her wings!!

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Post by FloBear on 31st October 2017, 9:45 am

Dislocated wing, ouch!
I have a horrible feeling that I may need to capture Olga again to take her to the vet as she has had a cough since she arrived. I've put a tonic in their water and Jamie reckons she's fine but it doesn't seem to be going. I have had Baytril for wheezy chickens before now but I suppose the vet will insist on seeing her before dispensing anything.
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Post by Ploshkin on 31st October 2017, 10:09 am

You could try asking if the vet knows you well.
I fell out with our vets last year, and moved to another practice,when they would no longer let me have broad spectrum wormers for dogs and cats without seeing the animals.  With cattle, sheep and pigs we make most of the veterinary decisions and are permitted to inject antibiotics, analgesics, and anaesthetic. We can dehorn,  castrate, do midwifery and stitch but can't be trusted to decide that cats and dogs need worming.  If one of them seems unwell my first port of call is a broad spectrum wormer (a prescription only medicine) which 9 times out of 10 does the trick without a vet visit.  The vets agree that it is a sensible approach.
..... and off my soapbox.
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Post by FloBear on 31st October 2017, 12:29 pm

That is a very peculiar situation, Ploshkin. Don't blame you for leaping on your sopabox!
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Post by Chilli-head on 31st October 2017, 1:04 pm

Is this one of those cases that illustrate that there is no rule that says rules must make sense ? Or is it that the vet is quite a lot more cautious about pets than livestock, given the relative levels of sentimentality and liability concerns ... Or maybe that it is easier to part pet owners from their money than farmers Wink
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Post by Chilli-head on 31st October 2017, 1:06 pm

... I'm starting to feel a bit left out, not having any chickens Crying or Very sad
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Post by Ploshkin on 31st October 2017, 3:27 pm

CH wrote:Or is it that the vet is quite a lot more cautious about pets than livestock, given the relative levels of sentimentality and liability concerns ... Or maybe that it is easier to part pet owners from their money than farmers Wink

Practices in this area would usually allow people with Farm accounts to have POMs without seeing the animal. It just wouldn't be feasible for them to see every cow or sheep with a bad foot etc. and it would be prohibitively expensive for the farmer too. It is however limited to certain types of medicines e.g. you can't have stuff with hormones which could wreak havoc if given to a person and also to intra muscular or sub cutaneous injections - a vet has to do intravenous. I do think that there is a bit of taking advantage of pet owners for the reasons you mention.
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Post by Ploshkin on 2nd November 2017, 2:25 pm

Here are my new Rhode Rocks. They're 16 weeks old so hopefully will start laying before too long. They are now all going in to the house at night.
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Post by FloBear on 2nd November 2017, 2:36 pm

Very handsome gang. They look strangely bald without combs!
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