Archive for the ‘Indian Runners & Buff Orpingtons’ Category

The first batch of Toulouse eggs have finished (nearly), only 2 out of 10 hatched as yet, 6 had started developing but then stopped for some reason and I have 2 still in the hatcher but I don’t hold much hope for them. My second batch is due to hatch in just over another week so I hope I have more success with them.

The Buff Oprington eggs were even less successful, all 10 were infertile, the hen has been broody and was sitting on at least 9 eggs, when I checked her a couple of days ago she only has 2 eggs left, I’m presuming she (or the cockerel) who sleeps in with her must have eaten them as there is no sign of shell or anything? I’ve put another batch of 6 in the incubator and if these are infertile I’ll have to review our cockerel situation!!

We acquired last Sunday 3 new ducks, 1 pair of black indian runners and 1 white runner drake to bring some nice new blood into our ducks.

The good news is the 2 goslings are growing like made and are just discovering thinks like grass which is great fun, I’ll get some photos on soon, I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that I didn’t mistakenly pick up 2 Brecon Buff goose eggs when setting up the incubator!!


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I’ve got two incubators on the go now with Buff Orpington and Toulouse eggs so watch this space, hopefully have some news in about 3 weeks!

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Billy’s leg is finally back to normal, it just took time but she’s running around with all the others (though she thinks she’s a goose as she keeps trying to get the gander to tread her)!

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Still trying to get Billys leg to heal, after cutting it somehow its been very swollen and she’s very lame. She’s been on antibiotics and I’ve been cleaning it daily and twice its scabbed over and the swellings gone down and I’ve let her out with the others (they spend all day on our pools) and both times it’s swollen back up again with 3 days.

She’s now been on her second coarse of antibiotics and isolated for a week with regular applications of a poltice on her leg, the poltice hasn’t drawn anything out as yet and it’s still very swollen but not as bad as it was. Any help or suggestions would be gratefully received!!

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