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  Topic: Eggs
Woodburner

Replies: 8
Views: 21748
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Fri Jan 27, 17 4:15 am   Subject: Eggs
My two setts of geese have both made nests, I don't think it will be long before they lay.
My older hens and pullets are laying but after being kept in for a couple of months, the yolks have gone ver ...
  Topic: Variation on a rat problem
Woodburner

Replies: 26
Views: 83324
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Fri Jan 27, 17 4:09 am   Subject: Variation on a rat problem
I removed the tub and the bait is still not being touched.

I suspect that it's grandma and grandpa left, and they're wise to it somehow. I'm surprised that it took so little to kill the rest though ...
  Topic: Variation on a rat problem
Woodburner

Replies: 26
Views: 83324
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Fri Jan 20, 17 9:28 pm   Subject: Variation on a rat problem
A knowledgeable person told me that even if they didn't get a full dose it would still kill them just take a bit longer. I put it in a really hard to get to spot under a coop, so no worries about pets ...
  Topic: Variation on a rat problem
Woodburner

Replies: 26
Views: 83324
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Fri Jan 20, 17 1:43 pm   Subject: Variation on a rat problem
Update, sorry no trap yet.

I finally got enough bait that I stopped worrying about running out before they were 'dealt with' and started putting it out.
I also had the chickens fully accustomed ...
  Topic: Put your birds inside
Woodburner

Replies: 55
Views: 133224
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Sun Jan 08, 17 9:01 am   Subject: Put your birds inside
if you use cardboard mulch and trimming to keep the weeds from earthing the fence a 12v battery and smallish pv panel will power quite a large distance of electric fence with no battery swapping :wink ...
  Topic: Put your birds inside
Woodburner

Replies: 55
Views: 133224
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Sun Jan 08, 17 8:51 am   Subject: Put your birds inside
Extended to end Feb

https://www.farminguk.com/news/OFC17-Poultry-housing-order-to-be-extended-until-end-of-February-due-to-bird-flu-risk_45233.html

Hey ho, I guess we were all expecting it.
Wh ...
  Topic: Oh Shit !
Woodburner

Replies: 10
Views: 30188
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Sat Dec 24, 16 9:05 am   Subject: Oh Shit !
I don't care whether anyone else keeps their chickens in or not.

As long as they don't come onto my property.

If someone in this part of the country has his (or her, for the pedants) flock dec ...
  Topic: Oh Shit !
Woodburner

Replies: 10
Views: 30188
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Fri Dec 16, 16 7:25 pm   Subject: Oh Shit !
Part of the reason why it kills so many commercial birds is because there is very little genetic variation, plus the close proximity factor.

This means that if one of a commercial flock gets it, a ...
  Topic: Variation on a rat problem
Woodburner

Replies: 26
Views: 83324
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Fri Dec 16, 16 2:17 pm   Subject: Variation on a rat problem
I believe a milk bottle also works. But then, I once caught a mouse in the toaster.

Lots of things work for mice, but rats are much cleverer. Quite often a trap will catch one rat, but then the res ...
  Topic: Variation on a rat problem
Woodburner

Replies: 26
Views: 83324
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Fri Dec 16, 16 2:10 pm   Subject: Variation on a rat problem
I'll post piccies if either of them work!
  Topic: Variation on a rat problem
Woodburner

Replies: 26
Views: 83324
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Wed Dec 14, 16 11:58 pm   Subject: Variation on a rat problem
update:

Snap traps are useless, and poison is no longer an option.

So, I've been looking for multicatch rat traps online, and discovered that I already have the wherewithal to make a bucke ...
  Topic: Variation on a rat problem
Woodburner

Replies: 26
Views: 83324
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Tue Nov 08, 16 12:09 pm   Subject: Variation on a rat problem
Googling reveals the poison to be nasty to all sorts of things, in several ways, so I might well try trapping, although there hasn't been so much activity now it's colder.

I'm not too keen on ...
  Topic: How many chickens to brood an egg?
Woodburner

Replies: 5
Views: 13666
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Fri Oct 28, 16 9:28 pm   Subject: How many chickens to brood an egg?
But this one is the cosy one!

I actually let my silkies hatch some like that this year, and watching the chicks play musical mum's every few days was quite astonishing.
  Topic: I moved the fox trap.
Woodburner

Replies: 2
Views: 10911
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Fri Oct 28, 16 9:20 pm   Subject: I moved the fox trap.
Handsome blighter! Hope you catch him before he teaches the next generation about avoiding traps.
  Topic: Variation on a rat problem
Woodburner

Replies: 26
Views: 83324
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Fri Oct 28, 16 9:04 pm   Subject: Variation on a rat problem
Earlier in the year I had a rat problem, and was very diligent on putting out rat bait. The amount they got through before it stopped 'disappearing' was quite shocking. However, it did the trick, and ...
 
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