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by darkbrowneggs
Wed May 22, 2013 6:09 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: tasty chicken breeds
Replies: 9
Views: 2532

Re: tasty chicken breeds

Thanks for that :iconbiggrin:
by darkbrowneggs
Tue May 21, 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: tasty chicken breeds
Replies: 9
Views: 2532

Re: tasty chicken breeds

You know, DBE, I live a scant 15 miles from the town of Marans and you'd expect to be able to find a good dual-purpose strain here if anywhere (certainly the town's website waxes lyrical about the bird), but I never have. Egg layers, yes, though never of the same quality as in the UK. Bit ironic, r...
by darkbrowneggs
Mon May 20, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: tasty chicken breeds
Replies: 9
Views: 2532

Re: tasty chicken breeds

If you find a good strain of Marans they are an excellent dual purpose bird. So when you hatch you have the benefit of top quality eggs from the pullets and the spare boys can be eaten I find mine will make about 2 - 2.5 kilos in 24 - 30 weeks just fed on straight wheat after an initial 6-8 weeks on...
by darkbrowneggs
Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Appenzeller Spitzhauben - Silver Spangled
Replies: 8
Views: 2308

Re: Appenzeller Spitzhauben - Silver Spangled

Thanks - I think they are cute too :icon_smile:
by darkbrowneggs
Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:05 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Worcestershire, UK
Replies: 10
Views: 976

Re: Hello from Worcestershire, UK

Hi there - I am in Worcestershire too - over towards Bromyard and mad about my chooks. Welcome to the forum :wave:
by darkbrowneggs
Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:12 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Appenzeller Spitzhauben - Silver Spangled
Replies: 8
Views: 2308

Re: Appenzeller Spitzhauben - Silver Spangled

What pretty birds. I assume they have Royal ( hat lover) names. Do they really lay those dark brown eggs? The Appenzellers lay a lovely pearly white egg. I have kept Marans (the ones that lay the dark brown eggs) for many years now but suddenly got interested in breeding for a range of egg colours,...
by darkbrowneggs
Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:06 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Appenzeller Spitzhauben - Silver Spangled
Replies: 8
Views: 2308

Appenzeller Spitzhauben - Silver Spangled

Thought you might like to see some piccies of my pretty little chucks with their crazy hats http://i749.photobucket.com/albums/xx135/ssc_photos/AppenzellerBreedingGroup_zps8bb155d6.jpg http://i749.photobucket.com/albums/xx135/ssc_photos/AppenzellerSpitzhaubenMaleFemale_zps4f1a63e6.jpg
by darkbrowneggs
Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Cooking an old hen
Replies: 15
Views: 2580

Re: Cooking an old hen

I have cooked hens, but generally up to a couple of years old max. Many years ago someone gave me two ancient hens they didnt want to eat. Plucked them, then hung for a few days, then dressed and slow cooked for about 8 hours tried them but tough, then slowcooked again for about 8 hours, tried again...
by darkbrowneggs
Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:48 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Seed sowing ... in wallpaper paste
Replies: 8
Views: 2237

Re: Seed sowing ... in wallpaper paste

Thanks - that sounds like my sort of recipe :-)
by darkbrowneggs
Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:42 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Seed sowing ... in wallpaper paste
Replies: 8
Views: 2237

Re: Seed sowing ... in wallpaper paste

Hi there - I'm interested in trying the potato paste for fluid sowing

How much flour to water, and do you need to cook it at all. Years ago I made my own wallpaper paste out of flour, and I remember it had to be cooked :-)
by darkbrowneggs
Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:25 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Inexpensive seed suplier
Replies: 27
Views: 4736

Re: Inexpensive seed suplier

I have ordered all mine for this year, but wanted a specific cucumber and found this site.

http://www.midlandseedcompany.co.uk/

It looks really good - I shall prob order more than just the cucumber seeds, even though I have already got the seeds I need. Seedaholic :lol:
by darkbrowneggs
Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:56 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Inexpensive seed suplier
Replies: 27
Views: 4736

Re: Inexpensive seed suplier

sales@premierseedsdirect.com Or find them on ebay. I have used them these last 3 years, seeds are 99p a pack, but only one postage charge, and they do allot of perennials, which I like, and I find germination to be very good, and the packs are again not fancy, but you get allot for your money. The ...
by darkbrowneggs
Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Tips to keep your extremeties warm in winter
Replies: 23
Views: 1781

Re: Tips to keep your extremeties warm in winter

marshlander wrote:OMG I doogled usb slippers as I thought it must be a joke - but they're REAL!

I also found nose warmers!
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My Mum is always complaining about having a cold nose - where did you get your nose warmer from :icon_smile:
by darkbrowneggs
Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Anything but Turkey !!
Replies: 9
Views: 1159

Re: Anything but Turkey !!

OK - here's a recipe for something large and unusual for those - "must have something different" folk In a cookbook called International Cuisine, presented by California Home Economics Teachers, 1983 (ISBN 0-89626-051-8), you will find: Stuffed Camel 1 whole camel, medium size 1 whole lamb...
by darkbrowneggs
Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Sarpo potatoes - anyone got any experiences
Replies: 16
Views: 2514

Re: Sarpo potatoes - anyone got any experiences

I agree the flavour and texture is underwhelming. I have tried a quite a few of the varieties since they first became available a few years ago. Don't think I shall bother trying again unless they get a wonderful write up for flavour, as really that is what I have home grown potatoes for. I grew Tol...

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