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by Marina
Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Treatment and Prevention
Topic: Marek's Disease
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: Marek's Disease

Hi Mitsy, sorry to hear about this. It's such a devastating disease. I cull promptly. When they are sick they shed mega amounts of virus which persist in the environment for a long time. However, there are people who have persisted with treatment (Remdesivir as an antiviral), had the chook in a hamm...
by Marina
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Breeds, Breeding and Breeders
Topic: Coronation Sussex
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Re: Coronation Sussex

Have you had a look at the Rare Breeds Breeders directory?

http://www.rarebreeds.co.nz/directorye.html#chooks
by Marina
Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Hatching & Raising
Topic: How long should I keep trying with the eggs?
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: How long should I keep trying with the eggs?

Let's hope you'll get a better hatch rate next time. Best of luck!
by Marina
Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Hatching & Raising
Topic: How long should I keep trying with the eggs?
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: How long should I keep trying with the eggs?

Hmm - better than no hen... Are you going to try again?
by Marina
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Hatching & Raising
Topic: How long should I keep trying with the eggs?
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: How long should I keep trying with the eggs?

3 chicks out of 12 posted eggs in an incubator actually isn't that bad. A rooster chick will have dark feathers in his wings from early on. They can be reliably sexed at 2 weeks old so I hope you won't have more than 1 rooster. Bets of luck with raising them!
by Marina
Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Hatching & Raising
Topic: How long should I keep trying with the eggs?
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: How long should I keep trying with the eggs?

Hi Ilvon,

lovely to see you are hatching eggs in an incubator. Are they Faverolles?

I leave eggs for 3 more days just in case there's a late hatcher.

I hatch eggs for as long as I get fertile eggs which usually is February.
by Marina
Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Swollen Abdomen
Replies: 1
Views: 464

Re: Swollen Abdomen

Hi Grenoble and welcome to PC! Sorry to get to your inquiry only now. There are a few possible reasons for a swollen abdomen: egg bound, internal laying - and just plain obesity. These are the erasons I know about. If your hen is egg bound you should be able to feel the hard shell of her egg when po...
by Marina
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Breeds, Breeding and Breeders
Topic: How long can you interbreed?
Replies: 2
Views: 766

Re: How long can you interbreed?

I agree with Mitsy - it's up to how healthy your chicks are. I only bring in fresh blood if I absolutely have to. I have line bred (father x daughter, mother x son) for decades now. Sometimes brother x sister. Occasionally I get a hatch where too many chicks have something like splayed leg or hatch ...
by Marina
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Breeds, Breeding and Breeders
Topic: Wyandotte Bantams
Replies: 4
Views: 960

Re: Wyandotte Bantams

You can only see in the males whether he is Mille Fleur or or Speckled/Spangled. Mille Fleur males have no black in their chest as the Columbian restricts it to the hackle. In females the difference is not visible as far as I know. I just re-read what I wrote and I made a mistake. They do have to ha...
by Marina
Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Breeds, Breeding and Breeders
Topic: Wyandotte Bantams
Replies: 4
Views: 960

Re: Wyandotte Bantams

Hi Mitsy, there are a lot of colours in the standard which are not in existence in New Zealand. I have never seen proper mille fleur or tolbunt in any breed here in NZ. There are Spangled Pekins and Speckled Sussex but they don't (this word has been added later) have Columbian and are therefore not ...
by Marina
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Breeds, Breeding and Breeders
Topic: Looking for white orpington hen in the north island
Replies: 1
Views: 1454

Re: Looking for white orpington hen in the north island

Hi Inge, have you had a look at m ? There are 2 breeders listed not too far from Auckland. You could also try the Waikato Poultry and Pigeon Club. You'll find their contact details here: m Just be aware that most breeders don't keep more than what they themselves need for breeding so you may have to...
by Marina
Thu May 21, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Other Poultry
Topic: New to quails
Replies: 2
Views: 2313

Re: New to quails

Yes, that's ample space for Japanese quail. Just be aware that the females hardly ever hatch their own young. Many don't even go broody and if they do they don't stay on the nest long enough. You could try m for a source of fertile eggs or birds. I did get fertile quail eggs from an Auckland breeder...
by Marina
Thu May 07, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: General Chicken Keeping
Topic: Brilliant article about a chicken
Replies: 2
Views: 2722

Re: Brilliant article about a chicken

Hilarious, especially the reporting about it.
by Marina
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: General Chicken Keeping
Topic: Can a possum use a grandpa/ automatic feeder?
Replies: 2
Views: 1875

Re: Can a possum use a grandpa/ automatic feeder?

Yes, I have seen a possum opening a treadle operated feeder and eating from it. But I have also seen a hedgehog do it. Quite impressive how long they are when stretched out! I doubt a possum would poop in the feeder but I know a hedgehog would. Hedgehog poop looks almost black. It's neither pellet n...
by Marina
Fri Feb 28, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Showing, Exhibiting and Sale Days
Topic: Rare Breeds Auction in Christchurch
Replies: 0
Views: 5507

Rare Breeds Auction in Christchurch

On Sunday, March 8th, the 31st Rare Breeds Auction will take place at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch. We'll have the following Poultry up for auction: Ancona Andalusian Araucana Australorp Barnevelder Campine Cochin Frizzle Leghorn New Hampshire Red Orpington Pekin Plymouth Rock Rhode ...