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Keeping hens and ducks chat. Hens & ducks names & how many eggs do you get per day.

edited 7 April 2020 at 3:05AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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    stuart45stuart45 Forumite
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    edited 18 August 2020 at 5:46AM
    I used to keep Call ducks which are just about the noisiest you can get, although it's only the females. Great characters and being small are OK for a garden. You can tell the sex once the females start quacking, although you can tell by squeezing in the right places when younger.
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    stuart45 said:
    I used to keep Call ducks which are just about the noisiest you can get, although it's only the females. Great characters and being small are OK for a garden. You can tell the sex once the females start quacking, although you can tell by squeezing in the right places when younger.
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    I do love a duck Stuart :smiley: Must confess I've never tried squeezing one though!

    Interesting experiment C_J! I've sprouted seeds for myself, but never for the chickens. Are you planning to just give them each whole tray as it grows? Or cut and sprinkle? 

    I picked the caterpillars off my kale yesterday and tried feeding them to the chickens, they were having none of it and completely ignored them. Pesky beasts. So I punished them by weeding in the veg patch for an hour with the gates shut while they patrolled round the outside, looking for a way in :lol: I do relent and let them in sometimes, but seriously, the only things they've done in there are (a) scratch up the leeks, (b) make dust baths between the turnips and (c) eat as many worms as possible while ignoring caterpillars, slugs etc so I think I'm quite justified in keeping them out! 
  • PyxisPyxis Forumite
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    Which bits do you have to squeeze? 😱
    Do they squeak?
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  • stuart45stuart45 Forumite
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    Pyxis said:
    Which bits do you have to squeeze? 😱
    Do they squeak?
    I never really got the hang of it. A duck breeder showed me how to do it, but I didn't really like squeezing a 4 day old duckling to find out what it was. preferred to wait to them to start quacking. If you get it right a corkscrew shaped penis shoots out.
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    Edwink - so pleased to see you here I have been hoping that you, OH and the flock are O.K.
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    So sorry you’ve lost one of you hens, Edwink. I always found it extremely upsetting when that happened to one of my bunch - I suppose I always feel that I am responsible for nurturing them and giving them a happy life, so I always get devastated when I lose one . It’s like I’ve failed somehow, even though it’s Nature’s way of things.

    My original fodder plan was to try and grow enough of the sprouted wild bird seed to give the girls a top up of greens, maybe two trays a week of fodder to go alongside any other garden greens which might be available plus whatever they could forage for themselves when they are let out under supervision into the main kitchen garden. However the sprouted seed is growing so well that, if I could get it to continue like that throughout the winter, I might be able to give the trays several haircuts and feed them handfuls of that before finally giving them the whole tray. I realise growth will be slower over the winter months, but the polytunnel does stay remarkably warm. I have also put one of those “blow away” mini greenhouses in there and have made a fleece cover for it, so anything on its shelves gets double insulation.

    I’ve been searching t’internet to see if I can find wild bird seed any cheaper by buying in bulk, but to be honest I’ve not been able to better the Poundland price for a 1.5kg bag so will be stocking up with a few bags next time I am out that way.

    My new hens are due to be ready for collection ‘at the end of August’ so they could be here by next weekend.  Can’t wait!!
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    Sorry to hear you've been unwell Edwink!  I hope you recover soon, sending healing wishes!
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