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Rare Breeds Includes: Marsh Daisy, OEPF, Sicilian Buttercup, Sultan, Serai-Taook, Buff Medway, Lincolnshire Buff, Spanish.
Red Mite A potential problem in poultry houses is Red mite, they hid in crevices, and feed particularly at night on roosting birds.
A good way to eradicate them is to thoroughly clean the house, pen and nest boxes, then spray everything, including every nook and cranny, in a suitable solution.
Allow to dry before re-introducing the birds.
This process will have to be repeated regularly during the summer months as Red mite have a ten day life cycle.
'Duramitex' (available from most pet stores) is a good spray for the housing as it is persistent, but all areas must be sprayed, including under any felt on the roof and especially in perch sockets.
Corrugated clear plastic can be used for roofing as it lets the light through and deters red mite which likes dark places. Avoid using felt if this is possible as this is where the red mite breeds.
Rhode Island Reds Rhode_Island_Reds
Rooster A male chicken is a cock or a cockerel, depending on its age. Similarly, a female chicken is called a pullet or a hen.
The age at which a pullet becomes a hen and a cockerel becomes a cock depends on what type of chicken is being raised. Purebred poultry producers have very age-specific definitions.
A chicken is a cockerel or pullet if it is less than one year of age. After one year of age, the chicken is referred to as a hen or cock.
In the commercial chicken industry a female chicken is called a hen after it begins egg production (around five months of age).
A sexually mature male chicken (again, around five months of age) is referred to as a rooster.
Russian Orioffs Spangled_Russian_Orioffs

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