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by Mitsy
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Treatment and Prevention
Topic: Marek's Disease
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: Marek's Disease

Thank you Marina for your advice. I culled the chick this morning. I only had two pullets from this batch so am now down to one, I really hope she will be okay! Of course there were plenty of roosters.....
by Mitsy
Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Treatment and Prevention
Topic: Marek's Disease
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Marek's Disease

I have a question about Marek's disease - is it always best to cull as soon as you see symptoms of this, or is recovery possible? I have read conflicting things about this, on this forum and elsewhere. Last season was the first time I saw what I suspected to be the neurological form of Marek's: I ha...
by Mitsy
Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hi from Central North Island
Replies: 1
Views: 338

Re: Hi from Central North Island

Hi Sputnik, and welcome!
I love bantams too. The OEG must be very striking birds :). How many do you have?
by Mitsy
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Breeds, Breeding and Breeders
Topic: How long can you interbreed?
Replies: 2
Views: 787

Re: How long can you interbreed?

The advice I have read is that this really all depends upon what genetic faults your birds are carrying, which may be fixed or exacerbated by inbreeding. In terms of health and vigour and productivity, it is best not to mate brother to sister, and best not to mate parent to offspring for multiple ge...
by Mitsy
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: General Chicken Keeping
Topic: Suddenly chooks laying in the bushes!?
Replies: 1
Views: 779

Re: Suddenly chooks laying in the bushes!?

Could it maybe be a mite infestation in their coop? They could be being bitten when in the coop and not want to go back in there during the day to lay. At night they may have nowhere else to go and so have to return in there. So perhaps check and treat the coop. I would think that, as you say, it mu...
by Mitsy
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Breeds, Breeding and Breeders
Topic: Wyandotte Bantams
Replies: 4
Views: 999

Re: Wyandotte Bantams

Thank you Marina for your help! :)
by Mitsy
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Breeds, Breeding and Breeders
Topic: Wyandotte Bantams
Replies: 4
Views: 999

Re: Wyandotte Bantams

Hi Marina, Thank you very much for your reply, that info is very interesting and helpful. Another novice question: why are they not real millie fleurs if they have columbian? All the things I've read online about making millie fleur say they have to have columbian, mottling and genes for a red/buff ...
by Mitsy
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Breeds, Breeding and Breeders
Topic: Wyandotte Bantams
Replies: 4
Views: 999

Wyandotte Bantams

Hi everyone, I was just wondering about the colours of Wyandotte bantam we have here in NZ. There are many colour varieties listed in the standard, but not many breeders of these mentioned on the rare breeds website. I can only see (specifically listed) breeders of partridge, silver pencilled, laven...
by Mitsy
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Breeds, Breeding and Breeders
Topic: Your Own Breed/ Your Own Landrace
Replies: 4
Views: 6662

Re: Your Own Breed/ Your Own Landrace

Thanks for the thread link - fascinating reading. It's a shame about the dearth of activity on here... especially as I don't have facebook! I like the Waipahis as they are an example of somebody trying to do something different and interesting. The top-knotted ones look the nicest - but, I think the...
by Mitsy
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Hatching & Raising
Topic: Chicks are here!
Replies: 0
Views: 5873

Chicks are here!

Out of 14 chicks under two broodies we had 11 hatch out - a pretty good hatch rate I think. Some chicks from my pekins and some mixes. I am very happy as there is a super array of colours - one pure white, some white and black, some brown, and other mixed colours. We had an accident when one of the ...
by Mitsy
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Hatching & Raising
Topic: Westons have a Game Bird Crumble!!
Replies: 5
Views: 5503

Re: Westons have a Game Bird Crumble!!

Appletons stock this online and will post- this adds to the feed cost but it is still not too bad with bantams as they do not eat much. I am trying this feed as chick crumbles so hopefully it is as good as it is reputed to be! My bantam chicks seem to love it so far and it is the right size for them...
by Mitsy
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Breeds, Breeding and Breeders
Topic: Your Own Breed/ Your Own Landrace
Replies: 4
Views: 6662

Re: Your Own Breed/ Your Own Landrace

Thanks Marina for your reply. Yes I have seen a few examples of people selling hatching eggs of 'colours under development' on Trade Me. One was of Silkie 'paint' eggs, which would produce a proportion of chicks with white down that had what looked like black painted blotches on it. It looked intere...
by Mitsy
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Breeds, Breeding and Breeders
Topic: Your Own Breed/ Your Own Landrace
Replies: 4
Views: 6662

Your Own Breed/ Your Own Landrace

I've read some great stories about people creating their own breeds of chicken. Also people trying to create artificial landraces. I'm wondering how many here are trying this? And what methods are you using, with how large a pool of breeders? I'd love to hear!
by Mitsy
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Oamaruvian Joins PC
Replies: 0
Views: 6518

Oamaruvian Joins PC

Hi everyone, Looking forward to interacting with you all at Poultry Central. I have been reading through the info on here for some time and now have finally joined. I have been keeping bantam chickens for four years now, and currently have three four-year old pekin mixes (including one frizzle) and ...