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I penned this cock with a few dark ig females last season. I retained 3 pullets and 2 males that were of the same likeness. The pullets were dark laced. This season I shall pen him with his daughters. The pullets were out of a number of hens in that […]
Heavy snow overnight and a bitingly cold wind. Every tap is frozen solid as is every drinker. I got my gas powered blow torch out but still failed to thaw out the tap. Taking hours to get around the birds in weather like this. Within minutes of filling a drinker […]
Today I had a load of fodder beet delivered. Bought in mainly for the in lamb ewes, but the poultry get their share. As soon as it was tipped the birds were all over it. Most of the grass has now being taken, so a treat like beet goes down […]
Another month and my breeding season starts again. This year I shall be running about 10 groups. Australorps, which did well last season and I shall select the best of the birds that are still fit for purpose from last season and as soon as the pullets I retained from […]
March and the pens for this season are being put together, that is the birds selected for breeding are put into a breeding pen. The winter or off breeding period is spent in a big shed along with the eating egg flock and these are all let out first thing […]
. Well thats January out of the way. Been a rough month what with all the snow and wet weather. Thoughts of the coming season are dulled by the weather and ground conditions. Mud everywhere you walk, made worse by the duck flock and the tractor coming and going through […]