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Awesome. Thank you for this answer. I thought they would all get mixed up together. Didn't realize you can breed together and they wont mix. Cool beans!!not really having many varieties minimize the culling .what doesn t work for one variety will work with another .
some varieties we can breed together because they never mix ,they give different colored progeny .
Birchen rooster can be penned with silver cuckoo hen = all the cockerels will be dark cuckoo and all the pullets will be birchen .
BC rooster can be matted to BLC =half of the chicks will be blue other will be black .
only certain varieties work well together , some varieties are not advice to be mixed .
Sometimes chopping the heads off is so difficult when they are good breeders. I still wish Blaze was not so mean.marans rooster is no different to other breed , they can be calm and gentle ,but some time there is some nasty one show up in the flock .
We just cut they heads . good medicine for them . never cause trouble after that .
yes my friend .but he is not pure yet .Is this cock a Red Pyle? Color is gorgeous!
we can breed from a young cockerels but not from a young pullets .ok. got i
Awesome. Thank you for this answer. I thought they would all get mixed up together. Didn't realize you can breed together and they wont mix. Cool beans!!
When you are ready to breed- do you put the hen in with your cock or the cock into the hen's pen--or do you put them in a "neutral pen" together, at the same time?
Do you leave them together for a week or two until you collect the eggs you want to hatch?or do you just let them mate and then remove the cock?
I know it has been said that a hen shouldnt be bred until after her 1st birthday.... what about a rooster? Can he be used for breeding at 7 or 8 months?
Unfortunately It could be just about anything. Are you feeding a medicated grower / starter feed? If not then it could be coccidiosis. If you suspect coccidiosis then treat using Corrid - mix 1 ml or cc of Corrid in 2 pints of water then feed the solution by syringe (without needle) until the chick is able to drink in its own. I place the end of the syringe on the end of the upper beak then squeeze a lfew drops at a time so the chick will swallow the mixture on its own.I found one of my BCM pullets last night when I went to shut up the coop. She was laying on her side, eyes closed, barely breathing. She offered no resistance at all when I picked her up. I brought her in the house, held her against my chest and wrapped her up like that till about 2 this morning. Then I wrapped her up in a blanket and laid her in the bed next to mine so I could try to sleep. She hasn't moved and barely chirped at all. This morning she opened her eyes breifly and opened her mouth for a second then went back to sleep. She's not shivering anymore. That stopped sometime last night while i was still holding her. I have no idea what went wrong. She's in a flock of 20 and none of the others are showing any distress. Is there anything I can do for her? I tried offering her some raw, scrambled egg. She wouldn't take it. I'm at a loss. Whatever is going on with her she's a little fighter and I want to give her every advantage in her fight. She's 5 1/2 weeks old.
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I do not feed a medicated food. However, the entire flock is currently being treated with Corid as a precaution because we found blood in stool of one bird in another of our coops. They are 8 days into the treatment. Regarding the Marans, they have not displayed any symptoms. Stools have all been normal.Unfortunately It could be just about anything. Are you feeding a medicated grower / starter feed? If not then it could be coccidiosis. If you suspect coccidiosis then treat using Corrid - mix 1 ml or cc of Corrid in 2 pints of water then feed the solution by syringe (without needle) until the chick is able to drink in its own. I place the end of the syringe on the end of the upper beak then squeeze a lfew drops at a time so the chick will swallow the mixture on its own.
If you don’t suspect coccidiosis then I would give the chick 0.5 ml of Vitamin B-12 and 0.5 ml of a multivitamin (TSC has Poultry Cell) by syringe once a day to help boost its immune system. Sometimes a vitamin deficiency can cause these symptoms.
Are there any other symptoms such as watery eyes, gurgling or crackling when she breaths, blood in her feces, etc.? I wish you all the best!!