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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 8:41 pm 
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Some of the youngsters running amok in my backyard:

Hatched from eggs from Micki and are about 16 weeks old.

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Silver laced pullet, have three of these.

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Silver laced cockerel, have about 10 of these (Bugger!!)

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Gold laced cockerel, only GLW to hatch.

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Blue laced silver pullet, have two of these.

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Blue laced silver cockerel, have 3 of these.

Looking a bit ratty at the moment after a moult but some keepers I hope. Will grow them out for another 6-8 weeks before making any decisions. All have nice yellow legs.
Two of the silver laced cockerels have straight combs so they'll go in the pot in a month or so.



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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 8:53 pm 
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they do indeed have lovely yellow legs, i am envious, i have just bought some lucerne chaff to try and yellow up my birds legs as their is NO green pick for tehm round here.

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 9:10 pm 
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They have pullet grower/starter available all the time, about a 50/50 mix. And in the morning and evening they get two cups of mixed grains, mainly cracked maize, between 20 or so youngsters.

A few times a week a big bunch of grass gets put in. Kids also feed them as many worms, bugs and creep crawlies they can find,



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Looking good Ron - I will have to send you through some pics of "Allie" the young one Courtney has raised from the eggs you gave us. She must be 20 weeks old by now then.

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Nice looking birds Ron. :thumbs: So the cracked maize yellow the legs up? l think l remember you saying carrots as well? A few of mine have 'washed out' legs. Don't really have much in the way of grass so give them other greens. Ta Wendy.

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Yes carrots help. I haven't done it with these guys yet, but I make up a mash and add a decent handful of grated carrot or even finely chop up carrot peel from the kitchen scraps.

I buy a 20 kg bag of poultry mix (Sunflower, wheat, lucerne pellets, canola seed, and a few other things) and two 20kg bags of cracked maize, mix them together in a 150litre drum, and they get two cups of this first thing in the morning, and again in the afternoon when the kids get home from school about 4pm or thereabouts,



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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 11:15 pm 
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Thanks! :thumbs:

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Some nice birds there, Ron.

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Nice chooks Ron! I have a question for you.....I have some SLW chicks and am having difficulty sexing them. Can you give me some pointers on characteristics other than the wattles and combs. I have noticed that the cockerals have some green in the tail but is there anything else I should look for, I am relatively new to the breed.
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Some of the youngsters running amok in my backyard:


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You must be happy with them. :)



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I am having trouble uploading photos, but will keep trying!


Hi Katenich,

Welcome to the forum! :D

There is info in the Technical Helpline section that should assist you with getting your photos up and into any posts here:

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Don't hesitate to shout out though, perhaps in that forum if you run into difficulties though.

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Hi Ron

They are looking ok. It is really hard at this age to tell how good they will be as they do look messy.

I would love to see some pics in a few weeks when they are fully feathered and starting to fill out.

I find if you look at the small feathers at the top of the wing near the shoulder, this gives me a good indication on how good their lacing will be. If it is nice and defined and tight they will look good. If it is messy and incomplete they will not lace up well.

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katenich wrote:
Nice chooks Ron! I have a question for you.....I have some SLW chicks and am having difficulty sexing them. Can you give me some pointers on characteristics other than the wattles and combs. I have noticed that the cockerals have some green in the tail but is there anything else I should look for, I am relatively new to the breed.


Cockerels seem to have untidy long laced feathered in their wings and across their back, where pullets tend to be neat and round. They develop long pointy saddle feathers just in front of the tail, with a green shine in the tail feathers. They also get very tall and upright, while the pullets start developing roundness and a longer lower stance.

Cockerel feathering neatens up much later than the pullets do; they look very rough and unfinished until after 20 weeks, as far as I can tell.


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