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Would anyone like a laying hen?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by wmrcomputers, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. wmrcomputers

    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    If anyone is interested in a laying hen, less than a year old, I have one that can be taken for free. PLEASE NOTE it can't be kept with other hens as it developed a canibalistic trait (rare but does happen). Perfectly friendly with people and would only need a small shelter to sleep in.

    Will come free with Layers pellets, grit, shavings, feeder etc.

    Needs to go ASAP as I want my shed back ;)

    EDIT: Forgot to say it's a black rock
     
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    henryscat Well-Known Forumite

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    What a prat (I was going to use another word that sounds like prat)!
     
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    Gnat?

    Insects have feelings too you know - i think they wouldn't care for your adoption of their name as some kind of insult.

    Edit: I have just consulted gentleworm.org(anism) and it turns out that insects have feelers not feelings - calling someone a 'gnat' has been ergo deemed as offensive=neutral.
     
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    Alee Well-Known Forumite

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    provide extra meat the Sunday roast , that's if the hen doesn't eat them first
     
  8. littleme

    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    I've heard it all now......

    "Eyewear
    Cannibalism may be reduced by
    fitting hens with a range of
    eyewear. Rose-tinted spectacles or
    contact lenses have been used.
    Opaque spectacles, or blinders ,
    have also been used. " (from Wikipedia)

    Rose-tinted spectacles for hens?! Apparently you can also trim their beaks to stop the cannibalism!
     
  9. wmrcomputers

    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    This was banned in the last 2 years, but I'm told even a red plastic ball would assist in them not pecking other hens... it was just too late for me to try it as she'd killed the others.

    I stand corrected. It is a she.

    FEMALE hens, individuals, or whatever else you'd like to call HER... LAY EGGS! People eat eggs. They are bred and raised for their egg production.

     
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    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    I don't think Henryscat has thought that far ahead, so I'll fill in the answer. She'd produce several, then stop laying, and then sit them in belief that one day they will hatch - which of course they won't as the eggs aren't fertile without a male chicken (a him - just for the record, and not an it!). Then as the days go by she will suffer depression when she realises that the eggs aren't going to hatch. This in turn can lead to reducing feed / fluid intake and make her quite ill. But I assume this is okay, Henryscat?

    I do of course hope that HER new home will look after her. But I also know they will enjoy her eggs!! :)
     
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    Until she had stopped laying, then I would consider eating her.
     
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    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    Ohhhh - Wikipedia need to update their page about canabalistic hens....

    I seriously didn't know that they're so violent, I thought that the rabbits that my dad had when I was little were bad enough - they used to chew their baby's ears off!
     
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    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    I've kept around 40 hens at once before and I had NEVER experienced this previously, so it really is rare. Like with most animals though, once they've tasted anothers blood there seems to be no going back. Such a shame as she's lovely on her own.
     
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    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    In a certain 'member's' mind, that probably constitutes a concentration camp...
     
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    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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