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by mariat
13 Sep 2013, 20:41
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Hens about to lay, any signs?
Replies: 8
Views: 576

Re: Hens about to lay, any signs?

I clean out the poop from the coop (ooh that rhymes!) every day, and there was nothing unusual around. Also didn't see anything like that in the run.
by mariat
13 Sep 2013, 19:55
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Hens about to lay, any signs?
Replies: 8
Views: 576

Hens about to lay, any signs?

Can anyone please tell me, do hens go a bit off colour just before they are about to start laying? One of my Point-of-Lay's was a bit down this morning, not wanting to come out of the coop, standing hunched up etc., but by this afternoon, she was looking much perkier and eating again. So, I'm wonder...
by mariat
13 Sep 2013, 15:23
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Poorly hen, anything I can do myself?
Replies: 1
Views: 308

Poorly hen, anything I can do myself?

Hi again everyone, I need some advice please. I have had my hens for about 6 weeks now, and until this morning I thought everything was going OK. However, one of my Rhode Rocks didn't want to come out of the coop this morning, and is now standing hunched up and not eating, although she has drunk a l...
by mariat
18 Aug 2013, 22:04
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: free to a good home
Replies: 8
Views: 1997

Re: free to a good home

Me too, grrr...
by mariat
17 Aug 2013, 19:47
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Broody Chicken with Duck Eggs
Replies: 23
Views: 1850

Re: Broody Chicken with Duck Eggs

Yep, ugly ducklings {rofwl}
by mariat
16 Aug 2013, 11:20
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Eggceptional Bargain
Replies: 6
Views: 579

Re: Eggceptional Bargain

Before i got my chickens, I would swap strawberry jam with my friend for eggs. She now keeps bees, so hopefully honey instead of eggs.
by mariat
16 Aug 2013, 10:42
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: bewildered new veggie gardener
Replies: 12
Views: 2096

Re: bewildered new veggie gardener

Oh, thanks for reminding me - I love kale ... must remember to sow some (I prefer to sow in pots and plant out when bigger). Kale is very winter hardy BTW so no need for cloche/fleece when it's cold - in fact, a bit of frost will probably make them sweeter. I would however, suggest you erect net ca...
by mariat
16 Aug 2013, 10:29
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: How can I use my Gh over winter?
Replies: 2
Views: 550

How can I use my Gh over winter?

I love growing veg, and have been doing it for about 3 years now. In summer I usually grow a variety in my 8 x 12 GH (I have two, but one is a shelter for my Brahmas), but due to the crap spring this year I'm just doing toms. It stands empty and forlorn over winter, so can someone please tell me wha...
by mariat
16 Aug 2013, 09:57
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Keeping chickens - logistical questions!
Replies: 21
Views: 1389

Re: Keeping chickens - logistical questions!

Hi and welcome It means that you can let them out into a fox proof run during the day, but only let them free range when you are around to keep an eye on things. There is a video on you tube of a fox trying to get into an eglu coop/run without success. Your washing would be OK as long as it's out of...
by mariat
16 Aug 2013, 09:47
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: change of plan?
Replies: 7
Views: 1353

Re: change of plan?

I have two 8 x 12 greenhouses, and used to have one of the ebay 6x12 cheapo polytunnels. I say used to, as the first winter we had significant snowfall overnight, it collapsed under the weight and ruined my plants I had overwintered in it. Also, they are much more humid than a greenhouse. I can't co...
by mariat
16 Aug 2013, 09:29
Forum: DIY & Recycling Projects
Topic: THE BEER-B-Q
Replies: 8
Views: 2419

Re: THE BEER-B-Q

Brilliant! Makes me wish I knew how to metal work )t'
by mariat
12 Aug 2013, 21:32
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Advice needed
Replies: 17
Views: 1606

Re: Advice needed

Love her heart, I have no idea about treating her, just wanted to say I hope she recovers OK >fi<
by mariat
12 Aug 2013, 21:26
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Flies, flies, flies
Replies: 13
Views: 906

Re: Flies, flies, flies

How about some kind of raw meat?

I've used your design as a wasp trap in the past, to lure them away from ripening fruit.
by mariat
12 Aug 2013, 21:11
Forum: DIY & Recycling Projects
Topic: Pocket hole joinery......
Replies: 3
Views: 1576

Re: Pocket hole joinery......

My coop is done now, but I'll remember that for next time )t'
by mariat
10 Aug 2013, 22:58
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Hazel nuts
Replies: 3
Views: 680

Re: Hazel nuts

This year is the first time I've seen Hazels on the trees round here. I've not seen any squirrels this year and usually there are loads in and around our garden. A friend told me there is a virus affecting them. I'm surprised you're having trouble finding sloes, there's loads round here.