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Author Topic: Hell from Sevenoaks  (Read 226 times)

Llewelja

  • Joined Jun 2018
Hell from Sevenoaks
« on: June 07, 2018, 09:38:17 am »
Hi all, 

Just introducing myself .   I have taken on a new role as estate manager on a small holding and am learning on the job about care of sheep and poultry.  I’m feeling a little isolated at times so it’s great to find this forum. 

There are a couple of issues at present that  I’m struggling with.   We have four elderly sheep that need shearing and I’ve not been able to find a shearer.  Also I need advice on how to identify sex of ducklings.  Our 2 runner ducks have hatched 13 ducklings and will need to rehome the males.   

I would be grateful for any guidance/ info.   Great to meet you.

Jan
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arobwk

  • Joined Nov 2015
  • Kernow - some say it's in England
Re: Hell from Sevenoaks
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2018, 08:44:13 pm »
Can't help with sheep & ducks, but hell(o) Jan.  I'm sure someone will come along shortly who knows about shearing & ducklings.

harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Hell from Sevenoaks
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2018, 09:31:31 pm »
Welcome  :wave:


Ask the local farmers about clipping. Or ask in the feed merchant/farmers supply store.


Ducks quack. Drakes don't and they get a curl on their tail.




Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Hell from Sevenoaks
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2018, 10:20:21 pm »
 :wave: Jan and welcome to the forum. Can't help with your queries but someone will be along soon who can.

Penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Hell from Sevenoaks
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018, 12:08:32 am »
Hi Jan,
Just wondering what is causing 'Hell' in Sevenoaks  ;) :innocent:
I used to set to with a pair of large scissors on my sheep, luckily they were used to collars so tied up while I did it.
Or watch on YouTube, there's bound to be something on there to show how it's done.
I think it's about 12 wks before you can sex the ducklings, but it's a while since I had any, so I could be wrong.


Perris

  • Joined Mar 2017
  • Gower
Re: Hell from Sevenoaks
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 06:22:08 am »
Hi Jan, welcome to TAS  :wave:
Unfortunate typo - I'm sure you're not that bad!  ;) 

nimbusllama

  • Joined Nov 2010
  • Near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Re: Hell from Sevenoaks
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2018, 08:28:34 am »
Hello Jan
Not sure if you have tried this but it might be helpful, a few cover Kent.

http://www.stockkeep.co.uk/stockpersons.html


I agree with Harmony, ducks quack and drakes make a hissing sound  :thumbsup:
« Last Edit: June 12, 2018, 08:31:21 am by nimbusllama »

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Hell from Sevenoaks
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2018, 08:37:16 am »
No help but welcome to TAS from  :sunshine: ish Carnoustie  :wave:

honeyend

  • Joined Oct 2011
Re: Hell from Sevenoaks
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2018, 09:01:42 am »
Is it Sevenoaks, Kent.? There is a rare breeds place somewhere in Kent,https://www.rarebreeds.org.uk/find-us
perhaps they will have some leads.
There are also a few Facebook groups you could ask,https://www.facebook.com/groups/525138497593526/, there will probably a more local one.
  Having had a go at shearing sheep, its hard work, but not impossible to do and if you can not find a reliable shearer I would invest in clippers, electric ones.

Penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Hell from Sevenoaks
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2018, 01:08:42 pm »
Looks like Llewelja hasn't been on site since first post ?

 

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