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by Steve valentine
15 Jun 2013, 13:05
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Naming Chickens
Replies: 32
Views: 3032

Re: Naming Chickens

Barry fessel Omar (deceased) and Wadj, after characters in the film 'four lions' I've a female guinea pig named Elvis, Colin the canary and Walter the Senegal parrot. Names that just come into my head and stick. I'm chief pet namer in this house. The bobbleheads (my new poland bantams) are called pe...
by Steve valentine
05 Jun 2013, 16:43
Forum: Just for Pets
Topic: Emergency rush to the vets
Replies: 27
Views: 4020

Re: Emergency rush to the vets

Gutted for you, we've lost 3 cats in the last 15 months, it doesn't get any easier {cry}
by Steve valentine
05 Jun 2013, 09:16
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Poo/Litter
Replies: 19
Views: 1499

Re: Poo/Litter

Aubiose or similar in the coop, sharp sand in the run, just use a cat litter scoop with the sand, barely any waste and they can dust bath where they like )t'
by Steve valentine
05 Jun 2013, 09:13
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: choosing names
Replies: 11
Views: 1101

Re: choosing names

Not a cricketer as such, but a commentator, Dickie Bird )t'
by Steve valentine
04 Jun 2013, 09:10
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: chickens at bed time
Replies: 12
Views: 912

Re: chickens at bed time

Mine have been refusing to go in the coop for a couple of months now, for a few weeks I went out at dusk and posted them through the pop hole. theres no red mite, but it was a little mouldy due to poor ventilation (now rectified) I now just let them do as they please. My run is fox proof by the way....
by Steve valentine
02 Jun 2013, 19:32
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Noisy chicken
Replies: 17
Views: 1268

Re: Noisy chicken

silverback wrote:Duck tape!! )run( .................................... )w(


Chicken tape )t'

{rofwl}
by Steve valentine
02 Jun 2013, 19:29
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Ants in th greenhouse
Replies: 3
Views: 860

Re: Ants in th greenhouse

Diatom, good for chooks, good for ants )t'
by Steve valentine
02 Jun 2013, 17:05
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Your best frugal tips needed!!
Replies: 36
Views: 8440

Re: Your best frugal tips needed!!

Also, don't be ashamed to claim tax credits.
by Steve valentine
02 Jun 2013, 09:51
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Your best frugal tips needed!!
Replies: 36
Views: 8440

Re: Your best frugal tips needed!!

Start looking at supermarket home brands. We save at least a million quid a week Biscuits 45p for a large packet instead of nearly a quid. Sainsberrys choccy digestives - 50p Have you seen the price of breakfast cereals? Home brands are just as good for a lot less. We don't drink alcohol in our hous...
by Steve valentine
01 Jun 2013, 09:58
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Anyone tried an eco shower head?
Replies: 2
Views: 876

Re: Anyone tried an eco shower head?

Eco shower head reduces water usage by simply reducing the water flow. I was sent one free by my energy supplier. It took ten seconds to fit and another 11 seconds to remove and file under B1N {rofwl}
by Steve valentine
27 May 2013, 15:17
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: not going into the coop at night
Replies: 15
Views: 1535

Re: not going into the coop at night

Steve wrote: The run is fox proof (on slabs, 16g mesh including under the roof panels and three bolts on the door, framing for the run is 2"x2") so I've decided to let them do as they please. You forgot to mention the machine gun tower and search lights! And the escape tunnels
by Steve valentine
27 May 2013, 07:54
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: not going into the coop at night
Replies: 15
Views: 1535

Re: not going into the coop at night

Mine have started camping out, no red mites but I didn't notice a bit of mould - inadequate ventilation. I can't get them out of the habit of staying out now, I put them in the coop at dusk every night for two weeks and they still won't do as they are told The run is fox proof (on slabs, 16g mesh in...
by Steve valentine
22 May 2013, 09:26
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Broody Bantams
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Re: Broody Bantams

Once my other hens have laid, I remove the broodys from the coop and close the pophole for the day. My broody tends to snap out of it in a week or so.
by Steve valentine
21 Apr 2013, 15:43
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Water Kefir Grains
Replies: 15
Views: 3417

Re: Water Kefir Grains

The thing that makes me worry about its health benefits, it claims its good for diabetics but you need half a cup of sugar?
by Steve valentine
21 Apr 2013, 10:46
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: How much did your set up cost you?
Replies: 39
Views: 2694

Re: How much did your set up cost you?

My current walk-in run cost around £240. The coop cost me just under £50 to make. If you add up the cost of all the walk in runs and coops that came before it, it'll add up to a pretty penny If you were to buy a walk in run of the same size and build quality as mine, you'd be looking at easily £800 ...