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Shan



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 7:58 am    Post subject: Chicken Names  Reply with quote    

We have recently acquired 3 chickens. To make life simpler, we have converted a stable, given them plastic nesting boxes mounted on the wall, an auto pop hole and plastic omelette perches, huge feeder & auto-drinker outside - pretty much automates our chicken keeping so that it doesn't matter if we are not here.

I have named them as follows:

The Speckledy: Dotty
The Chalk-hill Blue (looks like an Aracauna cross): Goldie
The Columbian Blacktail: Molly (yes it was intentional).

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

automating the simple stuff makes lots of sense.

it is worth cleaning the slides of the pop hole regularly to ensure it does not stick half open and if it is battery powered make sure you replace them before they get flat

my treadle feeder was ace but it did tend to get food under the treadle which needed sweeping out now and again for hygiene and so as it still opened the hopper door when they step on it.

Shan



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Absolutely.

Fortunately, the auto opener has the option of battery or USB to the mains.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i could not use mains unless i had run a commando cable direct from about half a mile away but i did have pv for the fencing/cow proofing and winch

duracells for the door stuff got changed monthly and then did torch duty etc. not ideal but it worked.

i recon if i was going away for a few days (or more) i might go for batteries or a pv/battery bank rig and the usb power input.

a power outage or whatever can trip your consumer unit etc etc .

Shan



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Agreed.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

considering some of my dirty 4 dozen and your sociopathic turkey have you thought about keeping them "in" for the safety of the public and wildlife

Shan



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
considering some of my dirty 4 dozen and your sociopathic turkey have you thought about keeping them "in" for the safety of the public and wildlife
The turkey is no more. Poor Clyde, he was a very misunderstood darling. He never attacked me, it was just everyone else that was a problem.

So far our chickens have had a go at the crows, partridge, guinea fowl (there seems to be a truce at present) and the pheasants.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

umm dinosaurs make great pets

Shan



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I want an Ostrich or a Rhea or an Emu.... Mr Shan has been somewhat resistant.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

quite right you can't just get one , ostriches are are flock critters, an ostrich would be cruel

umm , im not sure about the other two but even if they are a bit like hamsters they will wan't a "friend" now and again to help provide a 12 covers omelette and a jam pot or a roast for a village.

Shan



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I believe in always getting a minimum of 3....but the discussion always starts with 'shall we get a.....'

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


Shan



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mr Shan did once arrive home to a flock of sheep, so he's somewhat wary these days.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

that is far beyond my understanding

Shan



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 19 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Let's just say he's taking far too much notice of what I'm interested in, lest he arrives home to half a dozen unexpected arrivals...

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