Poultry Advice Chickens or ducks?
Posted 21 August 2009 - 03:59 PM
Ducks: only good to eat....... stupid creatures compared to hens.
Guinea Fowl: dont get any! They are bastards to round up.... they fly into the trees to roost..... and then make a hideous noise...... again, best eaten.
Geese: had some Brecon Buffs..... wonderful animals, very friendly and good companions.... mostly. The female just hissed no matter what.... but the male was like a dog, and he followed me about everywhere..... till the mink found us.
All gone now, because of the mink problem...... I found 13 hens dead one morning, with no heads, just mutilated.............. the only good mink is a dead one.
Its all dogs for us now: been re-homing Newfoundlands for 20 years..... since Oct last the numbers coming into the Rescue scheme has trippled.... credit crunch etc. Newfies are just the best friends one can have, period.
Posted 21 August 2009 - 04:19 PM
To let yourself be guided purely by "Experts" is a recipe for disaster.
Posted 21 August 2009 - 04:23 PM
Sorry to hear that real shitter. Mink are bad news.
Do not rattle cage.
This animal may bite.
Posted 05 September 2009 - 05:38 PM
Started with a Black Rock and a Speckled Maran, but when the Maran threw her first broody, I got a Columbian Blacktail to keep the Black Rock company.
That proved to be a big mistake
I did not think that they would have much of a personality, but the Columbian has an excess of it - absolutely no fear of humans and is a complete rabble rouser, leading the other two previously well behaved hens on little expeditions out of the garden or into similar little adventures. Their current mission in life is to get into my house and eat all the cat food. The Maran also loves to make a beeline for the cats litter tray and use it as a dust bath (fortunately the kitties are doing their business outside at the moment, so just fullers earth flying instead of cat shit).
They are now actually starting to formulate strategies against me. A month or so back, I could just herd them out of the house - now they have started running in opposite directions when shooed out of the house (the Maran ran through my legs to get back in earlier today), and as I eject one chook from the house and go to grab the next, the first one races back inside.
That little red columbian blacktail is just asking for the roasting dish!
Heartily recommend them to anyone looking for an amusing pet that produces some nice tasty eggs though
Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:11 PM
or a heratige breed may only give you 180/200
i have runner ducks that lay quite well 200 say in a year and i have hybrid hens and also some rohde island reds
i suggest you buy a book cos there realy is lots to choose from
Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:42 AM
Yep totally agree with fenn trap. No point in live capture im afraid as where ever you release it its either coming back or doing the same somewhere else. Seems to be a lot more about after the Animal Rights lot let them out in Norfolk. Fish paste left to go off over a day or so is good and spreads easily on the trigger plate and smoked fish works well too. You will be helping your local water voles too by destroying the mink.
Tip for you chicken keepers a hand full of linseed seeds twice a week gives you omega3 rich eggs and carrot gives them a nice orange colour.
This post has been edited by Bullhead: 01 May 2012 - 10:17 AM
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