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by JoseyJo
Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Red mite questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2791

Re: Red mite questions

Hi, Yes the old house is now burned and I've been checking the eglu regularly - along with sprinkling lots of DE in it and in their dust bath - and so far so good.... I found a few live and a few dead mites the cat had brought in during the first week or 2 (checking where she had slept) but they hav...
by JoseyJo
Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Red mite questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2791

Re: Red mite questions

Just to update, when I washed the hen house again with Poultry Shield today there were hardly any live bugs on it at all.... maybe 2 or 3 that I saw. The hens were in it for the last 2 nights with diatom earth spread around, and they've also had it in a dust bath. I saw some dead ones in the DE. The...
by JoseyJo
Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Red mite questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2791

Re: Red mite questions

Thanks all for your replies. The mite powder I bought has diatomaceous earth in it (or might be only that) but it's a small shaker and I know the farm shop sells large tubs so I'll stock up. I had heard of using sand but didn't know sharp sand was good - probably easier to get than play sand which i...
by JoseyJo
Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Red mite questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2791

Red mite questions

So.... we have red mite in the chicken coop for the first time ever, and there are loads! I have washed down the coop and soaked thoroughly in Poultry Shield. I plan to do another soak in 4-5 days. In the meantime the chickens in are their old coop (which may also have the mites, as they have been c...
by JoseyJo
Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Leaving blackcurrants on the bush
Replies: 14
Views: 2039

Re: Leaving blackcurrants on the bush

I like the sound of puree with greek yogurt. I've tried making cordial with ok results, but I'd be interested in knowing your recipe digger. I usually make jam and fruit leather. I also find I prefer them with plenty of sugar or mixed with sweeter fruits. I saw a recipe for blackcurrant cake which I...
by JoseyJo
Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Leaving blackcurrants on the bush
Replies: 14
Views: 2039

Re: Leaving blackcurrants on the bush

Ok thanks, I'll make some time to go and pick what I can. I don't have any bird netting so perhaps it's time to buy some, then I can cover one or two bushes as well.
by JoseyJo
Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Leaving blackcurrants on the bush
Replies: 14
Views: 2039

Leaving blackcurrants on the bush

Hi, I've checked the blackcurrants on the allotment and they've just begun to turn black, a few were black at the weekend and now I'd say well over half are black. We go on holiday for a week in a couple of days, and I don't have a lot of time to go and pick them, but I don't want to get back to fin...
by JoseyJo
Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Soil / mulch for blueberries
Replies: 6
Views: 1448

Re: Soil / mulch for blueberries

Thanks - that list is interesting... we do have foxgloves which are in the acid list, but my weed identification isn't great so I'll have to look up the rest!
by JoseyJo
Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Soil / mulch for blueberries
Replies: 6
Views: 1448

Re: Soil / mulch for blueberries

Yes testing the soil is a good idea. I had always planned on (eventually) having some blueberry plants in pots, and only really wondered about altering the soil because the plant is already in the ground... maybe it isn't as alkaline as I thought, or maybe I'll find we get no fruit - although the ne...
by JoseyJo
Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Combining chicken tractor and free range...question
Replies: 9
Views: 1496

Re: Combining chicken tractor and free range...question

Oh dear, I hate to admit I've had chickens for over 5 years and I didn't know not to leave food out all the time :oops: Thanks for the advice - day 1 of the new arrangement worked really well. We moved the hen house while they were inside it first thing this morning, so instead of leading into their...
by JoseyJo
Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Soil / mulch for blueberries
Replies: 6
Views: 1448

Soil / mulch for blueberries

We have recently acquired the other half of our allotment plot - yay- and with it a blueberry bush. The lady on the neighbouring plot also grows them successfully, even though I believe our soil is quite alkaline. I will ask the neighbour when I see her too, but I wondered if I should mulch with any...
by JoseyJo
Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Combining chicken tractor and free range...question
Replies: 9
Views: 1496

Re: Combining chicken tractor and free range...question

Off topic is fine! When your birds have gone to bed do you remove uneaten food?
by JoseyJo
Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Combining chicken tractor and free range...question
Replies: 9
Views: 1496

Re: Combining chicken tractor and free range...question

Great, thanks. Good to know they should get used to the new arrangement - and if I have to lure them in at first that's ok. I have always had food "on tap" in the past so only feeding am and pm sounds a good idea.
by JoseyJo
Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Combining chicken tractor and free range...question
Replies: 9
Views: 1496

Combining chicken tractor and free range...question

Hi, I have 3 chickens who have been housed in a permanent coop and run for the last year, with some free ranging - more in the winter when there aren't vegetables and children in the garden. I have decided to change their housing to a chicken tractor - because the fixed run is entirely devoid of any...
by JoseyJo
Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Elderflower cordial advice
Replies: 9
Views: 1895

Re: Elderflower cordial advice

Yes, I think probably wine or champagne is the way to go..i wasn't sure whether just using the natural yeasts would be ok but sounds like it might be.... I like the idea of a sparkling wine but as there is so much sugar in it I wonder if it'll ferment for a while yet and burst any bottles I put it i...

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