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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2008 9:23am (Feb 29th 2008) edited
     

    no longer a member

    Not a lot happens in this category.... Do you think it should be binned and the 1 topic that is in there moved to somewhere else.... ? ie Animal care!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2008 6:11pm (Feb 29th 2008) edited
     
    What, like caring for that poor pig on the front of your car? How fast were you going when you hit that, Wazza?:)
    Actually, what happens to all the old dead threads? Will they eventually expire on their own or does Neil have to decide which ones cop it (sorry, Wazza...)?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2008 9:24am (Mar 3rd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Good question...!

    I don't think anything ever expires, it might get pushed away onto a faraway page if enough new topics appear...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 9:26am (May 19th 2008)
     
    What are chicks/birds doing when they are preening feathers?
    Are they licking the feather? Picking off insects? Counting? Boredom?
    And why do they do it such a lot? They seem to get through all their feathers quite a few times each day.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 3:03pm (May 19th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Chickens have an oil gland near their rear end - when you see them craning their heads backwards, what they are actually doing is getting oil onto their beak. They will then run this through their feathers. This cleans them, keeps them in good shape, helps protect against bugs and also makes them slightly water-resistant.

    The chicks preen their feathers so much because they're still growing their adult feathers, and this itches! Also, when a feather is growing, it's surrounded by this flaky white skin and by preening they are getting all this off their feathers.

    Hope this makes sense :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2008 5:04pm (May 25th 2008)
     
    Next question:-
    Why do domesticated birds lay eggs so often?
    Obviously in the wild this would be impractical and a waste.
    How did humans get birds to lay so frequently?
    We have, after all been rearing them for many, many years for this purpose, long before the leaving the electric light on and all that stuff.
    I suppose the improvement in the quality and quantity of their diet would be one factor but was this enough?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2008 12:07pm (May 26th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Before chickens were domesticated (is that the right word?) they didn't lay anything like as many eggs as modern chickens. 'Wild' chickens layed less than ten eggs a year, compared to the whopping 300+ hens are expected to lay nowadays.

    Perhaps this change came about by selective breeding? , but i'm just guessing here.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2008 2:37pm (May 26th 2008)
     
    I guess keeping the chicks from a good layer makes sense, hoping that it'll take after it's parent but 10 a year to 300 is a lot of selecting.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2008 8:42pm (May 26th 2008)
     
    Not over a thousand years of domesticated fowl, it ain't! :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2008 6:13pm (May 27th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Guess not...
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2008 2:21am (May 28th 2008)
     
    Chickens in the wild dont lay eggs becuase they get fertilized and turn into chicks right? isnt that why other birds dont spontaneously lay eggs daily?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2008 12:58pm (May 30th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, i think so. Seeing as this has turned into a kind of Q&A thread, does anyone know if ducks lay eggs like chickens? As in every day, or do they only lay fertile eggs? I was just wondering, because you can buy duck eggs...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2008 10:27pm (May 31st 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I just read this and thought it fitted in with what we were warbling about before:

    "In 1900, average egg production was 83 eggs per hen per year. In 2000, it was well over 300." :o
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2008 1:17pm (Jun 1st 2008)
     
    Wow thats alot!:)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2008 3:30pm (Jun 1st 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Poor chickens!

    Tilly is making some really weird clucks...at least it sounds like Tilly...