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Bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 13 4:56 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Do you remember this post from back in February? Well time flies and life has gone full circle. Yesterday I got the first egg from one of the Welsummer pullets. I've must say that I'm pretty pleased with the result.






Spruengli



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 13 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lovely

tai haku



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 13 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bosh! that looks an awesome colour.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 13 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The chicks in my earlier post turned out to be rather nice.





I managed seven Light Sussex pullets.














About the same number of cockerels.









I hatched six chicks out of the eggs that I bought on our trip to Hereford.




Two cocks.














and four smashing pullets.



















This year I've tried to go for quality rather than quantity.

madcat



Joined: 24 May 2008
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 13 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's some very impressive poultry there Bodger.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 13 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cheers mate.

Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 13 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nice looking birds there Bodge

Bodger



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 13 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Slap your eyes on these. Reply with quote    

Bodger wrote:
As you may know, Karen and I have been down in Herefordshire for the full week. As you will definately know, my OH has always been the brains of the outfit, so I booked her in for a cider making course, and while she's been on it, I've been doing a spot of sight seeing. I don't do courses.
On my travels, I managed to pick up a full tray of these (36), what do you think? Theyre darker than any of the eggs that my own Welsummers lay. They'll be going into the incubator on Tuesday,they'd go in earlier, but we have a scheduled powercut on Monday.






Things have moved full circle and here, is an egg laid today by one of the pullets that hatched from the eggs shown in the first post on this thread. I'm very pleased with the results.





madcat



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 13 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice brown egg.
Are you planning future hatchlings from these?

Bodger



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 13 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In their second season when their eggs are up to size.
Next season(2014) I'm running the young cockerels with the older Welsummers that I already have.

leggy



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 13 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Those Sussex pullets are nice looking

Castle Farm



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 13 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Now those are nice birds John.

VM



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 13 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, very nice looking birds and a lovely egg. I'd be pleased if I were you.

I love looking at good quality chickens. Sad but true.

I've never hatched or bred my own chickens but when we had hens I was fussy about getting ones that looked clean, strong and healthy - and felt vindicated as they remained so in the three years we had them. Only had about ten overall but never lost any to illness, just a couple to animal predators (and then the whole lot to human ones).

And I like nice trad breeds as well. My mum said I was a chicken snob, and it is probably true, but I can think of worse things to be.

madcat



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 13 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's great to see birds being bred for utility as well as looks. Ultimately breeds survive because they deliver the goods in terms of eggs and meat.
Excellent

Bodger



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 14 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The sun is shining and I've just come indoors from doing my favourite job. I nipped out into the sun to collect some eggs and feed the chickens. Three of the four Welsummer pullets that I hatched from eggs bought from Kevin Bowkett have laid today. The odd egg out is from one of my Light Sussex.









Somehow, I've just got to manage to hatch some.

Edited to say that number four pullet has laid since first making this post. We've got some cold weather to come in the next few days but spring has definitely arrived.

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