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by Mo
10 May 2007, 07:04
Forum: Other Poultry & Livestock
Topic: Stag, another name for a turkey?
Replies: 10
Views: 4022

I thought it was a standard term. I've read it,never heard it said though.
by Mo
10 May 2007, 07:00
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: roasting egg shells?
Replies: 2
Views: 1189

Yes, I've got a tin plate sat in the bottom of the oven. Any egg shells go onto it. the oven is used at least once a week, and I try not to leave too much white on the shells. If I'm using a lot of eggs for a batch of fruit cakes the oven goes on at once. By the time I've finished cooking the smudge...
by Mo
09 May 2007, 10:31
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Soft eggs
Replies: 6
Views: 1907

Ah, maybe when you get a proper shell, it will be brown. The membrane surrounding the egg is white, so maybe it had such a thin shell that it was showing through. I've not had warrens, but my black rocks did me proud. If the warren started laying first, would that make her boss? And would that lead ...
by Mo
08 May 2007, 19:45
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Soft eggs
Replies: 6
Views: 1907

There are 2 sorts of grit.
Little stones to help digestion, and stuff like oyster shell to provide calcium. They should have enough calcium in the feed, but I do get better shells if I give them some extra.

Yes they'll get into their stride.
by Mo
08 May 2007, 19:40
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: thinking about it?
Replies: 7
Views: 2150

Mine tend to stay out unless it's really pouring or blazing hot, when they go under cover, you'll have to leave the gate open, for them to get to the nest boxes, so they can choose. How big is it? It looks bigger than a commercial arc, Mine is about 4' x 4' with a similar run. I keep 6 in it but onl...
by Mo
08 May 2007, 14:30
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: thinking about it?
Replies: 7
Views: 2150

Looking at the picture again, it seems fox-proof, so maybe you don't need a pop hole cover, unless it would be cold and daughty in winter. What does Richard think?
by Mo
08 May 2007, 12:50
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: other questions
Replies: 4
Views: 1639

I find that a split open paper feed/potato sack is just the right size for my arc, and if I scrape it every morning it lasts for a week or so without getting too soggy to remove to the compost heap (not sure how it rots down). I buy hybrid point of lay hens, I don't know if I could cope with the wor...
by Mo
08 May 2007, 12:40
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: thinking about it?
Replies: 7
Views: 2150

So, I take it you'll replace the cat flap with a 'pop hole' and have them in the downstairs run in the daytime, with some bark to scratch in (or a raised bed of soil like Richard suggested). You'll know all about 'mucking out' as you've already kept animals. Yes, I'd agree with Wendy about 3 is bett...
by Mo
08 May 2007, 12:27
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Brooding
Replies: 4
Views: 1510

I think the fluffed up look and the noise are typical, don't know about the unsteadiness
by Mo
07 May 2007, 13:56
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Different egg
Replies: 2
Views: 1074

My Black Rocks laid brown eggs. Are you sure it was the Warren laying before?
by Mo
07 May 2007, 07:31
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Fencing Materials for Run
Replies: 5
Views: 1895

I've got a moveable run made of flock net that I bought from our local farm/garden supplier. Like this kiwifenc click here It has bendy posts and 4' high net. You need to put guys on the corners and get it tight, if it sags at all they jump over it (but they can't jump onto it, so it's less easy to ...
by Mo
04 May 2007, 16:48
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Wing Clip
Replies: 31
Views: 7243

Yes Richard, and if you decide to let them have the whole of the garden (and never mind Jim's veggies), then they decide they're not satisfied with that, and they go next door to the tidy garden they will NOT be welcome in.
by Mo
04 May 2007, 16:42
Forum: Hens needing Homes / Homes needing Hens
Topic: Unwanted male chicks (pics r not 4 weak stomach)
Replies: 11
Views: 7023

I was looking for the petition (before you put the lihk up) and started reading the Freedom Foods pages about the conditionsthat barnand free range hens should be kept under. It was a 65 page Adobe doc. so I didn't get to the end of it. The bit I found interesting was the bit where they said that th...
by Mo
04 May 2007, 14:17
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: price of rhubarb
Replies: 13
Views: 4499

By not picking it, so the leaves can do their work, feeding it.

I've heard that you shouldn't pick after July (or is it shouldn't pick in July), because the poisonous oxalic acid in the leaves moves down into the tops of the stems.
by Mo
04 May 2007, 12:47
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: price of rhubarb
Replies: 13
Views: 4499

Jim has surrounded some of the new plant/seeds he's put in with a web of sticks and string, to keep rabbits off. Maybe it would work for cats (next time!) The folkies on Mudcat had a long(53 post) discussion about rhubarb - price, culture, jokes, varieties, the 'Rhubarb Triangle, family history of r...