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by President Bartlet
Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:29 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens stopped laying!
Replies: 19
Views: 3836

Re: Chickens stopped laying!

Ours have stopped too- for about two weeks now. I posted about it on an earlier thread about how they don't want to come out of the coop, but forgot to say they also have stopped laying. We've given them a full health heck, plus wormed and dusted and they look as fit as fiddles, although their combs...
by President Bartlet
Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:45 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Hens not wanting to come out of coop
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

Re: Hens not wanting to come out of coop

Thanks both of you- helpful and reassuring, I think you're right a combi of tiredness and the weird weather, will try grasss clippings and cool water too. :wave:
by President Bartlet
Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Hens not wanting to come out of coop
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

Re: Hens not wanting to come out of coop

They are in a large, covered run.
by President Bartlet
Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Hens not wanting to come out of coop
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

Hens not wanting to come out of coop

The hens haven't wanted to come out of the coop the last two days, they are perching, rather than in nests and broody and I can't see anything in the run that would be scaring them, I've got them out to eat and drink and they look and seem fine, they pootle about a bit...and then go in again. The on...
by President Bartlet
Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:03 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Daylight and hen laying
Replies: 3
Views: 740

Daylight and hen laying

Is it true that chickens that are over a year old need 14 hours daylight to resume laying or is it less? We're not early risers, so ours get let out at 7.30, but it's clearly light at six, we have a window in the coop that is blocked for warmth in the winter, but I'm wondering if we unblocked it and...
by President Bartlet
Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:59 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens and Wild Garlic
Replies: 8
Views: 1469

Re: Chickens and Wild Garlic

I think wild garlic probably will make the eggs slightly garlicky, we sometimes add garlic to drinking water as a natural antibacterial and that flavours the eggs slightly.
by President Bartlet
Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: Communal Smallholding
Replies: 8
Views: 3226

Re: Communal Smallholding

This http://www.diggersanddreamers.org.uk/ is the site for intentional communities/communes/co-operatives in the UK. There is info on how to set one up- legal/financial advice etc plus an area where you can advertise for members. Also all the existing communities are listed. Hope this helps.
by President Bartlet
Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Bloomin' foxes
Replies: 2
Views: 632

Re: Bloomin' foxes

Thanks that's a great idea and free too!
by President Bartlet
Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Does anyone NOT have a television?
Replies: 80
Views: 25452

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

What about stopping 'normal' TV and just using BBC iplayer and maybe 4OD that way you watch the good programmes when you want without the mindless channel surfing that lots of people do. We've got a teen and it works for us. :icon_smile:
by President Bartlet
Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Dinosaur plants
Replies: 4
Views: 756

Re: Dinosaur plants

+1 to mares tail it looks like something from the Jurassic era. We gave up our allotment in the end because of it- the area was covered in it and it out competed virtually every other plant. The old boys used to use roundup to chemically nuke it, but we are organic so that wasn't an option, we just ...
by President Bartlet
Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:07 am
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: Little things that really annoy you!
Replies: 238
Views: 38170

Re: Little things that really annoy you!

The way that making money and owning things has become the new religion encouraged by politicians of every stripe over the past 30 years. We have collectively paid a heavy price, socially, politically and environmentally.
by President Bartlet
Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Bloomin' foxes
Replies: 2
Views: 632

Bloomin' foxes

Very nasty surprise in our garden yesterday- I saw a suspicious mound and being a bit wossie got DH to have a dig and lo and behold it was the partial carcass of next doors chicken that had been grabbed by a fox about a month ago :pukeright: I hadn't noticed the hump until I'd cut back some vegetati...
by President Bartlet
Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Bugs in the chook house (again)!!
Replies: 5
Views: 861

Re: Bugs in the chook house (again)!!

I'm no expert on this but sounds like they may be red mite, before they've fed :pukeright: Size wise they are tiny and although I've read they're not meant to crawl onto us, I have heard of this happening, and then infesting houses so I'd sort this out asap. DE seems to work for us and I add lavende...
by President Bartlet
Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Orpington moult
Replies: 2
Views: 925

Re: Orpington moult

Thanks riffraff this is really useful, will sort out some animal based protein for them.
by President Bartlet
Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:33 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Orpington moult
Replies: 2
Views: 925

Orpington moult

Our Orpington bantam is moulting heavily. Turns out orpies are quite small underneath all the fluff and feathers! Anyway my question and concern is she's taking quite a bit of time to moult and I'm concerned she won't grow her feathers back in time before winter sets in. I've heard it's going to be ...

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