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by KarenE
21 Aug 2020, 12:06
Forum: Grow your Own Diaries
Topic: Karen's 2015 garden diary
Replies: 140
Views: 64732

Re: Karen's 2015 garden diary

My plants are dying off now so mine won't grow any bigger. Normally you 'cure' the rind by leaving it out to dry somewhere warm & sunny for a couple of weeks - this helps to preserve it through winter, but I haven't ever had any success with this really. Mine have always gone rotten but maybe th...
by KarenE
21 Aug 2020, 11:58
Forum: Other Gardening; Flowers, Care & Maintenance
Topic: Using salt as a weed preventative
Replies: 12
Views: 1487

Re: Using salt as a weed preventative

Oh I've heard of vinegar being used as well )t'
by KarenE
21 Aug 2020, 11:31
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: Louise's Chicken Diary
Replies: 332
Views: 104360

Re: Louise's Chicken Diary

How wonderful! Well we won't see you on here for days now then, and quite right too! :-D
by KarenE
21 Aug 2020, 11:30
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: Blind Giblet & friends at Chickenopolous
Replies: 823
Views: 181715

Re: Blind Giblet & friends at Chickenopolous

How wonderful to hear Poppy is doing well! And the rest of the opolouses of course. It's so worrying when they get ill. My guys spent the heatwave sitting under the trees & bushes near the back door, and luckily for them I'd manage to bag a whole galia melon for 20p, so that kept them going for ...
by KarenE
21 Aug 2020, 11:25
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: karen's chicken diary
Replies: 1093
Views: 226481

Re: karen's chicken diary

Egbert! I was thinking about Egbert the other day! I'm not sure I want to encourage her though. How long did MissPiggy sit on Egbert before she gave up? She bokked around the garden semi happily when I locked her out, and I did the same again yesterday for a couple of hours but she's still broody. I...
by KarenE
20 Aug 2020, 14:22
Forum: Other Gardening; Flowers, Care & Maintenance
Topic: Using salt as a weed preventative
Replies: 12
Views: 1487

Re: Using salt as a weed preventative

It depends where the weeds are - 'salting' the land was done by invading armies to make land infertile, so you wouldn't want to put salt down on ground where things are growing. if they are in pathways etc they'll probably be ok but bear in mind any salt water runoff if it rains or when you water. S...
by KarenE
20 Aug 2020, 10:14
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Have you stocked up just in case?
Replies: 20
Views: 1906

Re: Have you stocked up just in case?

Isn't it ridiculous that we even have to think of these things, in this day & age? Still, it's a valuable lesson just precarious our food (& essential goods) supply chains can be really.
by KarenE
20 Aug 2020, 10:12
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: Louise's Chicken Diary
Replies: 332
Views: 104360

Re: Louise's Chicken Diary

Hello Vera and Agnes, welcome to new henpals! Oh how lovely CC, what breed are they? I have always found introducing point of lays so much easier, they submit so easily and the pecking order is sorted in no time. I'm sure Ivy will calm down one she knows they are no threat. PICTURES needed of course!
by KarenE
20 Aug 2020, 10:09
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Chickens the same age
Replies: 5
Views: 699

Re: Chickens the same age

Interesting, I don't think they'll be that difficult to get hold of next year - i suppose it all depends how things are going with covid-19 and brexit. If things have calmed down, I suspect a lot of people will be rehoming their hens as the novelty wil have worn off or their circumstances may have c...
by KarenE
19 Aug 2020, 22:21
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Have you stocked up just in case?
Replies: 20
Views: 1906

Re: Have you stocked up just in case?

We look likely, we're in an area that is spiking. I just bought a big pack of loo roll as we were running out, and I've got a little stockpile of pasta & rice anyway (anticipating issues with stock delivery come Brexit no deal) and thanks to my Floury Godmother I have a nice load of flour in. Ho...
by KarenE
19 Aug 2020, 22:16
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: My attempt to keep chickens.
Replies: 2449
Views: 422133

Re: My attempt to keep chickens.

I replied to the rainbow bridge post by accident - Bob I am so sorry to hear this totally unexpected and shocking news! Nobody could have expected a fox brazen or desperate enough to actually come into the house! Poor FM, and poor you. Yes I think lockdown for the flock is the best idea for now, you...
by KarenE
19 Aug 2020, 22:12
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: The Henpals Rainbow Bridge Log
Replies: 527
Views: 143100

Re: The Henpals Rainbow Bridge Log

Oh my god Bob, that is so shocking! Poor little Fridge Magnet, I am so sorry Who could ever have imagined something like that would happen??? I hope your other hens are ok. Sugar water and keep them in the dark - do keep an eye out for shock, that and a heart attack is probably what did for FM, bles...
by KarenE
19 Aug 2020, 22:08
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Chickens the same age
Replies: 5
Views: 699

Re: Chickens the same age

what he means is that it's usually better to get 3 at first, in case you lose one so that you don't have just one chicken left if anything happens. As you've found! So the next sensible thing would be to add another 2, as you are planning, as that helps to dissipate aggression during introductions -...
by KarenE
19 Aug 2020, 11:59
Forum: Grow your Own Diaries
Topic: Karen's 2015 garden diary
Replies: 140
Views: 64732

Re: Karen's 2015 garden diary

Here we are coming into mid to late summer and it feels like autumn already. The blackberries have already ripened and I have apples starting to come down far too early. Most alarming is the pumpkins - I have a lot this year, all medium sized but most worryingly, all ripening and a couple ripe. It's...
by KarenE
19 Aug 2020, 11:42
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: karen's chicken diary
Replies: 1093
Views: 226481

Re: karen's chicken diary

You're not kidding Sandy! I've now locked Dory out of the coop, as she seems a very determined broody Woo so far. She is quite distressed, although is being so in a dustbath in the run (!) so - y'know... And she is a stroppy mare as well, chasing everyone away but I guess she must be starving as wel...