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Lisa
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Hello. We had 12 little brown hens for a couple of years but lost them through red spider mite last year - I totaly misdiagnosed it at the start as the little blighters are not red..... We have now left the house vacant for about 8 months, thoroughly disinfected, scorched with blow torch, sprayed and white washed the housing. We are starting our new flock with 2 buff rocks tomorrow. I am really looking forward to them coming as I am missing having our own eggs. Where would people recommend going to pick up a few more hens that are ready to lay soon? Not that fussy about breed but would like a good layer with big eggs. We are in Magherafelt area.

April 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM Flag Quote & Reply

richard
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Hello, you should read the comments on the Forum entitled "Red mite Alert"

That was severe for you, having lost 12. There is a sale at Killyglullib Orange hall near Kilrea ,once a month , also ,once a month at Dungannon's  Farmers Mart.

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Richard

April 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Lisa
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Hi Richard, Thanks for that info. To clarify, the red spider mite didnt kill all the hens, they were just so run down and we had tried so many remedies for the hens from the vet and they werent responding.We had followed all the advice for the housing as well so we made the decision to send them to the great hen house in the sky. It was hard to part as they had served us well but they were ill and not laying and we couldnt beat the mite so it was all we could do.
April 13, 2012 at 4:21 AM Flag Quote & Reply

richard
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Yes Lisa thats just one of those downsides to keeping livestock. It is sometimes better for the creature to be killed than to go on suffering. That aside, the cold facts are that you are paying money to feed something that is not giving you anything in return and that does not make financial sense.

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Richard

April 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM Flag Quote & Reply

richard
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Yes Lisa thats just one of those downsides to keeping livestock. It is sometimes better for the creature to be killed than to go on suffering. That aside, the cold facts are that you are paying money to feed something that is not giving you anything in return and that does not make financial sense.

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Richard

April 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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