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by chookmike
19 Jun 2017, 08:23
Forum: Other Gardening; Flowers, Care & Maintenance
Topic: Laurel cuttings
Replies: 4
Views: 4086

Re: Laurel cuttings

Thank you! I did look on the internet and found a site with instructions so some cuttings are hiding from the weather right now. A friend then cleared some of his plants out and gave me some at 3 feet high so problem solved.

Thanks for your advice though.

Mike
by chookmike
11 Jun 2017, 08:46
Forum: Other Gardening; Flowers, Care & Maintenance
Topic: Laurel cuttings
Replies: 4
Views: 4086

Laurel cuttings

Hello everyone I have a lovely laurel which is getting too big, however I would like more of them in other parts of the garden. Obvious question; can I take cuttings and save a few bob at the garden centre? The more precise your reply the better please as I am inexperienced in cuttings/propagation. ...
by chookmike
13 Nov 2016, 20:54
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Manda
Replies: 2
Views: 1452

Re: Manda

Thanks Wendy

Mike
by chookmike
13 Nov 2016, 15:16
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Manda
Replies: 2
Views: 1452

Manda

Please tell us you are all ok when you get a moment Manda.

I spent some time in Hamner Springs.

Thinking of you all.

Mike
by chookmike
21 Oct 2016, 18:09
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Chickens over winter
Replies: 28
Views: 9630

Re: Chickens over winter

My tuppenceworth is that warm water freezes more quickly than cold: true. -25 is a different league to us so perhaps local knowledge worth seeking out? Birds keep their legs warm by the warm blood going down warming up the cooler blood coming up. Wading birds are unfazed by 'freezing' slat water eve...
by chookmike
11 Oct 2016, 12:43
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Bananas
Replies: 15
Views: 5436

Re: Bananas

Hi all

Peel two bananas and put in a dish barely bigger than them. Sprinkle with quality brown sugar - muscavdo is it? Slosh some dark rum over and bake until hot through then add a dollop of good vanilla ice cream and enjoy.

Then drink the rest of the rum....

Cheers
by chookmike
10 Jul 2016, 08:41
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Red Mite strikes!
Replies: 14
Views: 2678

Re: Red Mite strikes!

Hi. The way we got rid of mite is as follows: Get some tubes of cheap silicone and a gun from the pound shop and seal every single joint in the hen house. Sides joining roof and floor, perches joining walls etc, but every single one. Get an empty kitchen/bathroom spray bottle and wet all surfaces in...
by chookmike
15 Jun 2016, 20:55
Forum: Just for Pets
Topic: Giving a cat a pill
Replies: 16
Views: 4313

Re: Giving a cat a pill

Poor little Pippin lost his battle and was quietly put to rest by our lovely vet on Rebecca's lap. There was no chance of survival so the correct decision. Just so terribly sad and with no animals left the place is desolate.

Mike
by chookmike
14 May 2016, 15:34
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Getting my Hens
Replies: 8
Views: 2868

Re: Getting my Hens

You sound like you are ready to go so enjoy your hens through the summer and endure the early starts through the cold months. Foxes worry all owners. Our neighbours were always telling us of foxes next to our garden but we were never attacked. Male urine is supposed to help so (how can I put this......
by chookmike
29 Apr 2016, 12:54
Forum: Just for Pets
Topic: Giving a cat a pill
Replies: 16
Views: 4313

Re: Giving a cat a pill

Hello PP We play good cop/bad cop here so R does the force method and I search for the wonder food. Two discoveries are the stuffing from a commercial sausage roll - rubbish food for cats (and humans) but he'll die without the pills so who cares? Also cheap and cheerful cat food in cans from the sup...
by chookmike
27 Apr 2016, 16:29
Forum: Just for Pets
Topic: Giving a cat a pill
Replies: 16
Views: 4313

Re: Giving a cat a pill

Thanks all - everything noted and to be tried. Not sure how long the pills will be required though as he has gone downhill again. Another cat treat is a 'Dreamie', which has a slightly soft centre and if you cut one end off you can stuff the half pill in there. Seems to me the drug companies are mis...
by chookmike
23 Apr 2016, 22:09
Forum: Just for Pets
Topic: Giving a cat a pill
Replies: 16
Views: 4313

Re: Giving a cat a pill

Don't worry Mo, we only did that a couple of times. Thanks for the butter idea too - we have a pill 'crusher' but he won't go anywhere near anything with the drug's smell - the pill must be hidden and whole. Todays success was a tin of awful looking 'ham' which went down a treat! Don't worry about a...
by chookmike
22 Apr 2016, 20:31
Forum: Just for Pets
Topic: Giving a cat a pill
Replies: 16
Views: 4313

Re: Giving a cat a pill

Thank you very much all - we appreciate your time All you suggestions have been tried (apart from jam! which will be tried tomorrow - which is the best flavour...?) and they all succeeded for a day or two or less. Yesterday's favourite was left-over lamb meatballs from the spaghetti dinner but no in...
by chookmike
21 Apr 2016, 16:51
Forum: Just for Pets
Topic: Giving a cat a pill
Replies: 16
Views: 4313

Giving a cat a pill

Hello everyone Does anyone have a suggestion on what to make pills attractive to cats. Pip needs 3 a day and having them dropped into a forced open mouth is making him hate us and stop eating altogether. I can remember my childhood cat loving yeast tablets and marmite but the later is quite salty wh...
by chookmike
17 Apr 2016, 21:11
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Everyone please read this
Replies: 12
Views: 2767

Re: Everyone please read this

Thanks Manda - stay safe over there - the planet seems to be on the move again. R's sister in Masterton had a good shake the other day )ot:

Mike