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PostSubject: Winter breeding.   Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:13 am

All is not well. 13 pairs. 4 weeks for lights on cocks, (they need 4 weeks as their testicles retreat further in to their body winter time) 2 weeks hens on lights. Enough for them. December 10 eggs laid. 6 pair, then a few more pair. Some more laid then were deserted. Laid again. About 9 pairs sitting now. Never had this happen before. Usual year all are within few days. No matter, go with the flow. But puzzled!
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:45 am

good luck with the breeding hal.......... cheers santa
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:28 pm

halcanada wrote:
All is not well. 13 pairs. 4 weeks for lights on cocks, (they need 4 weeks as their testicles retreat further in to their body winter time) 2 weeks hens on lights. Enough for them. December 10 eggs laid. 6 pair, then a few more pair. Some more laid then were deserted. Laid again. About 9 pairs sitting now. Never had this happen before. Usual year all are within few days. No matter, go with the flow. But puzzled!

Rodents....cant see anything else making them desert eggs study
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:01 pm

red mite, lice etc.......??? scratch study
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:43 pm

No lice or mites. DE looks after them. No rodents, rat bait under all lofts. Used to be eaten but not touched now. It did kill a lot of mice. Found a hole today in the ground near one loft. Now the snow has gone. Could be a chipmunk. But they have no way of getting in that I can see.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:29 pm

would the cold make them leave eggs hal...?
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:41 pm

Think something my be disturbing them myself no lights shining in on them is their hal and is this the new loft you put up
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:21 pm

Mice...might be living in the loft....
Hard to spot in deep litter
Wont touch bait if there anything else to eat...few dropped grains...
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:38 am

Well checked the loft again. Yes, new loft. Not mice, lights on a timer. Have to believe cause was overly aggressive cocks. Boxes are open, pick their own mates. 4 pairs are nesting on the floor in the straw and have been for 2 weeks. Assume cocks needed another nest box or tried to take one. Have extra boxes in there. 4 extra. But floor nesting has worked for me before so not too concerned.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:59 am

halcanada wrote:
Well checked the loft again. Yes, new loft. Not mice, lights on a timer. Have to believe cause was overly aggressive cocks. Boxes are open, pick their own mates. 4 pairs are nesting on the floor in the straw and have been for 2 weeks. Assume cocks needed another nest box or  tried to take one. Have extra boxes in there. 4 extra. But floor nesting has worked for me before so not too concerned.
As you know Hal Smile Smile I know nothing etc Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes  lol!  lol!  lol! So I will just leave this issue alone & just hope you can sort it all out for the best as such. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:36 am

Could be something hanging on the front during night, cat or some wild critter? Have you open wire mesh windows in front of the nest boxes where something can hang on and look-in on the birds?
I say this because we had a problem with cat hanging on mesh front of semi-aviary when had finches.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:21 pm

Pretty well closed up. Aviary not open lately. Will leave as is.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:38 pm

Starting to lay again. Days are getting longer. All seems well.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:39 pm

glad to hear your back on track hal......... cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:48 pm

Looks like everything is going to be OK in the end hal
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:54 pm

Put battery led lights on in stock loft yesterday...have to remember to turn them off in the morning,they last for about a week plus i made my stock loft face street lights in the back lane so never gets really dark anyway...
starting to itch abit with the decent weather....could be colder in february.... bounce bounce bounce
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:22 pm

are you on allotments f/walker...?
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:28 pm

Yeah but not far from where i live ne35 9hg
Im only about 100 yards away
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:29 pm

ah right, that's handy........nice to be able to have peace and quiet without being too far from home. Very Happy


have you got solar panels ...?
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:17 am

All looks fine. Sunshine coming up so eye pics next week. Cold though. Hatching 28th all going well.
https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/weather/ontario/st-thomas?wx_auto_reload=
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:34 am

Got 1 solar panel for the clock but only the suit case type inside the loft I charge a battery at the start off the season and it lasts
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:47 am

-30 F tonight. This will be the coldest my loft has been. It's getting colder by the hour. I put all the birds back on barley, but gave them a good bit of corn tonight. I'm glad I'm not breeding right now.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:56 am

Thats cold....its unseasonally warm here hope it stays then same Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:59 am

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-30 F tonight.  This will be the coldest my loft has been.  It's getting colder by the hour.  I put all the birds back on barley, but gave them a good bit of corn tonight.  I'm glad I'm not breeding right now.
lol! lol! lol! Smile Smile it appears  Rolling Eyes  Rolling Eyes I spoke too soon here
Rom Wink Wink Just take it for what it is bounce bounce my intentions were of the highest order etc Smile Smile. Must say, thats one crap report above
-30F Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes & if you dont mind Wink Wink I will just stick with my 22C Smile Smile for xmas as such.   cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Winter breeding.   Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:07 am

Aye. I wish it was a bit warmer too. When I gave the birds a warm bath today, they stayed there for about 45 minutes!
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