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by Kracka
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: General Chicken Keeping
Topic: Heritage Chooks Wellington
Replies: 5
Views: 6475

Re: Heritage Chooks Wellington

just one thing - you like the look of Frizzles, but mentioned 'hardy' - Frizzles are not waterproof (because their feathers don't sit flat) - so on the hardiness scale, they're not so good, they have to perch inside a warm dry house at night & need some sheltered/covered run area through the win...
by Kracka
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Other Poultry
Topic: What is involved in keeping pheasants?
Replies: 4
Views: 6895

Re: What is involved in keeping pheasants?

I visited some beautiful gardens where all they kept was male pheasants - all different varieties - they didn't seem to bother each other, the guy that ran it, said as long as there were no girls, there wouldn't be any fighting but maybe that works better when its only males of different varieties? ...
by Kracka
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: General Chicken Keeping
Topic: Getting a dog.... does it work?
Replies: 8
Views: 9480

Re: Getting a dog.... does it work?

personally I would probably avoid the terrier type group I've got Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and they're not 100% trustworthy, but pretty good - mine walk in amongst chickens, ducks & turkeys, but its best if they don't shriek and flap and run away (quiet large birds, like Orpingtons are goo...
by Kracka
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Breeds, Breeding and Breeders
Topic: Choosing the right breed
Replies: 11
Views: 11970

Re: Choosing the right breed

I would endorse Orpingtons - my kids loved them, big fluffy docile birds - we ended up with some in a run with the previous years Ag Day brown shavers and I found the Orpington eggs tasted HEAPS nicer than the shavers eggs, even though they were eating all the same food - it was like they were ready...
by Kracka
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: General Chicken Keeping
Topic: How is hatching going for everyone?
Replies: 26
Views: 16558

Re: How is hatching going for everyone?

eae - for Campine contacts, maybe contact the Whangarei Poultry club? I have an email for Graham Bellamy who might be able to point you in the right direction - kaiateahills@xtra.co.nz at Auckland, we haven't had Campines exhibited for a few years (back in 2015 we had some exhibited by a couple from...
by Kracka
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Other Poultry
Topic: Mallard crosses
Replies: 7
Views: 14775

Re: Mallard crosses

Sounds a bit like you're developing white call ducks (like bantam ducks) - I think they have a shorter beak than a mallard, but really cute
by Kracka
Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: General Chicken Keeping
Topic: Do hens of any breed have a green sheen to their feathers?
Replies: 7
Views: 13770

Re: Do hens of any breed have a green sheen to their feather

Cayuga ducks should have a green sheen, male or female
my black Pekins are meant to have a green sheen, male or female
by Kracka
Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: General Chicken Keeping
Topic: Pecking order
Replies: 25
Views: 28581

Re: Pecking order

I really enjoyed the movie - thought Brian Glassey was a real star, really interesting character yeah, talking about breeding to succeed - I'm trying to breed Crested ducks - I saw a magazine that had a headline 'Bred best in show winners in 2 years' - for the Cresteds, in Australia, so I thought, I...
by Kracka
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello from Levin
Replies: 5
Views: 10141

Re: Hello from Levin

Yep, to a 30 acre block on the outskirts of Foxton
the ducks have plenty of places to investigate, its covered in gorse and broom!
by Kracka
Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello from Levin
Replies: 5
Views: 10141

Re: Hello from Levin

Hi OorooBecky, we're in Foxton - we've got ducks (Campbells, Swedish, Crested, Magpie, Cayuga, Orpington, Welsh Harlequin, Silver Appleyard, & probably missed a few), chickens (Orpingtons, Sussex, Minorca, Leghorn, Hamburg + more), bantams (mostly Pekin, but a few Wyandotte too) and turkeys so a...
by Kracka
Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Hatching & Raising
Topic: bantams as broodies
Replies: 4
Views: 8100

Re: bantams as broodies

re breed, with Pekin bantams: on the plus side - lots of fluffiness low down to cover lots of chicks, gentle mothers (if they're not killers!), slow moving so they don't leave babies behind normally on the minus side - fluffy legs/butt which can tangle around the chicks neck (keep a pair of scissors...
by Kracka
Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Hatching & Raising
Topic: bantams as broodies
Replies: 4
Views: 8100

Re: bantams as broodies

I've got loads of Pekin bantams - some are good at it, some aren't quite so, I think its a bit try it and see. Generally a hen in its second season/summer onwards is better than a first time pullet. Generally a quieter bird is better (so you can pick them up & check the eggs without her panickin...
by Kracka
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Other Poultry
Topic: Bantam Ducks
Replies: 5
Views: 11441

Re: Bantam Ducks

Wolga - did the tiny white duck squeak when you squeezed it? :D
by Kracka
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Treatment and Prevention
Topic: 18w pullet who has lost her balance, I think
Replies: 5
Views: 8006

Re: 18w pullet who has lost her balance, I think

I've some lines of birds go down to problems more than others - all running within the same group - for a few years it was my Hamburgs to what I suspect was Mareks (for this, it seems eventually you get left with the birds that are more resistant) then more recently has been my Silkies to what I thi...
by Kracka
Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Other Poultry
Topic: Bantam Ducks
Replies: 5
Views: 11441

Re: Bantam Ducks

I didn't see any call ducks at Waikato.....
there are Miniature Appleyards around, not sure who has any these days

I've also seen a black Mallard I'd like to catch one day..... 8-) (not at a show)