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how did all the hatching go ?how many cockerels this time?


  • sandiesbrahmassandiesbrahmas Super Moderator
    First hatch 5pullets and 4 cockerels (I think.....very late feathering gene on one of them means 17 weeks old and 90% fluff....but 4 cockerels and 4 pullets for sure) 
    Second hatch.....still quite young, but look like 2 cockerels to me!
    Third hatch.....the broody had 3 and none survived.
    Fourth hatch.....well they're just 7 days on the incubator and 11:12 have good embryos.
    Looking very much like there's going to be a whole lot of chickens to over-winter.
    How many chickens do you have now?
    How's the weather your end? We've, at last, got rain and the fields have greened up. We still don't have any silage for winter.
    We have been expecting the spring (our water supply) to dry up all through the summer. mercifully it has held out.

  • undautriundautri Senior Member
    sounds very successful
    therell be lots of cocka doodling round your place next year :)
    ive just got the 6 chooks at the moment and will keep to that while ive got zena - cant trust her with new youngsters
    id heard there was a shortage of silage , thats a big problem for the winter for you . will there be some now the weathers changed or is it too late?i hope you manage to sort some out soon
    the hot weather comes with a price tag . its even affectedthe little crops i grow - plenty of fruit but the beans and peas are pretty pathetic . ive watered every day but theyre used to getting a soaking in our normal summers
    let us know how you get on with your next hatching
     x kath
  • sandiesbrahmassandiesbrahmas Super Moderator
    I'm hoping that we manage to get something off the fields, but we rely on a neighbour to cut it for us , and he is very busy at the moment.

    I had little marbles for potatoes this year, but have great beans and courgettes due mainly to watering them with waste water form the house and harvesting what little bit of rain that we had. Fruit, as you say, fared better....small but concentrated flavour.

    The chickens sunbathed a lot, but gave up on laying for a while. They are back in lay again now.  This year has been so exceptional....coldest (Beast from the East), nigh on driest (beaten only by 1976), Warmest and variously very windy and wet (spring).....we are ill-equipped for such climate extremes.


  • undautriundautri Senior Member
    hi sandie
     how are you doing ? did you sort out some silage?
    the sites been down for a few days so i messaged them on facebook and were back .still pretty much dead on here though
    everythings quiet here, mr kipling is doing a good job of keeping the hens in order but backs down when the very broody silkie appears on the scene scowling and growling !
    everyone had a very light moult this year - hardly noticeable so i dont know if that signals a bad winter approaching or just a coincidense
    hope you and yours are all well

  • sandiesbrahmassandiesbrahmas Super Moderator
    Thanks, Kath,
    Yes silage (dubious quality) now all ready, but lamb/ewe etc prices really dire this year.
    I haven't been able to get onto the site for about a week....some kind of smiley face and "Oops' came up whenever I tried to log in.
    My lot are moulting with a vengeance and I have added (yet another ) 9 chicks to my flock, such that I have 9 Gold Brahma hens, several cockerels and a number of Blue Partridge Brahmas back again. Not one single egg at the moment, though...too old, too young, moulting, 'down time' etc.
    I'm back to not counting as i have way too many chickens.
    A harsh winter is forecast and we are currently 'basking ' in temperatures of 5 and under by day and minus figures overnight.
    We now have a dual water supply...spring plus a bore hole...so should be OK for water.
    Here's hoping that you and yours are doing well,


  • undautriundautri Senior Member
    glad to hear everythings fine with you.
     when i couldnt get on here for several days i thought theyd finally pulled the plug on us .....but they dont get rid of us that easily :)
    have you got only brahmas or still some le fleche/ naked necks?
     in the summer we had our old solid fuel central heating taken out (we were the last people in the village using coal) and gas put in so a lot easier for me - no more sweeping chimneys  or going out in the rain to get coal in.
    speak again soon

  • sandiesbrahmassandiesbrahmas Super Moderator
    I thought the same thing......
    I have Brahmas and Naked Necks.....the La Fleche hated the cold.
    Gosh, Kath, I didn't know you were still in the Carboniferous era up until recently. We have oil-fired heating as no piped gas. We've a log burner, too, which is a great boon. It was -8 here two nights back....so all forms of heating needed for survival.


  • undautriundautri Senior Member
    those wood burners are really popular recently and work really well . i thought about putting one in my living room but it would mean taking out the old fireplace and rebuilding it to fit so im stalling.
     my little silkie has quit brooding now and has started moulting - still not a heavy moult though , i reckon theyre hanging on to as many feathers as poss ready for a big winter :(
    take care and keep warm
     kath xx
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