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by farmerdrea
Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:27 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Insence as a form of air freshener
Replies: 27
Views: 13846

Re: Insence as a form of air freshener

To be honest, I would be wanting to know what's making my dogs smell rather than trying to cover up their odour. No offense intended, but we have had 2-4 dogs of various breeds and mixes living in the house for the last 20 years, and the house doesn't smell doggy unless they come in soaking wet. We ...
by farmerdrea
Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Home made skin toner
Replies: 14
Views: 2845

Re: Home made skin toner

I collect rainwater and then heat it to steaming, add a big handful of calendula petals to about 1 litre of the rainwater while it's still steaming. Let sit till the water is cool, and strain out the petals. Add to pump spray bottle a few drops each of rose hip oil, lavender oil and tea tree oil and...
by farmerdrea
Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:10 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: I need some urgentish chicken help!!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 765

Re: I need some urgentish chicken help!!!!

I quite agree. In my experience, when mum is done, she's done. The babies should be fine on their own now, but I would definitely keep them caged while you're away. It's hedgehog season, and half-grown chickens make quite a feast for them when they can get ahold of them, which was far too often for ...
by farmerdrea
Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:19 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: poultry advice needed!
Replies: 5
Views: 640

Re: poultry advice needed!

When chooks are penned, they will shred just about every living thing, simply out of boredom. They also love the new spring growth on most plants, even if they become unplatable as they mature. Even if they don't eat/damage the plants, they will most certainly eat ALL the berries, even before they a...
by farmerdrea
Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:30 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Baby Chick questions
Replies: 1
Views: 512

Re: Baby Chick questions

Hello -- I have been rearing chooks for over 20 years, so have seen a lot of chickens! :mrgreen: We leave mum and chickens locked up for 4-6 weeks together, thought because your hen has started laying again so soon, watch her, as she may become bored with the chickens and start to peck them. Having ...
by farmerdrea
Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: My Soda Bread.
Replies: 13
Views: 1315

Re: My Soda Bread.

Do you think this would work using rice flour?

Cheers
Andrea
NZ
by farmerdrea
Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:57 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Rabbits in cages or can it be another way?
Replies: 7
Views: 731

Re: Rabbits in cages or can it be another way?

One thing we have found over the last few years of keeping rabbits for meat is that does get along together fine as long as they are reared together and used to each other, but an introduced doe is going to get the c**p knocked out of her, and it never ends well. I have brother bucks who've lived to...
by farmerdrea
Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Are men more attached to watching television than women are?
Replies: 17
Views: 1160

Re: Are men more attached to watching television than women are?

My husband would probably never watch TV if it weren't for me and my daughter watching it as often as we do. My son (16.5) hardly watches it either, but will ocassionally join us if we're watching something he finds interesting.

Cheers
Andrea
NZ
by farmerdrea
Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:52 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Of nettle beer and elderflower cordial...
Replies: 6
Views: 1478

Re: Of nettle beer and elderflower cordial...

Thanks for that -- will give it a go this weekend.

Cheers
Andrea
NZ
by farmerdrea
Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:32 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Cabbages
Replies: 11
Views: 1088

Re: Cabbages

Bubble and Squeak is a serious favourite here, prepped as mentioned above (not mash but little cubes of potato). Also coleslaw in summertime is a nice salad. Equal parts thinly slices cabbage and grated carrot, dressing of mayonnaise (the no-sugar added kind! I hate mayo and salad creams with sugar ...
by farmerdrea
Mon Nov 24, 2008 6:04 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Of nettle beer and elderflower cordial...
Replies: 6
Views: 1478

Of nettle beer and elderflower cordial...

Going to try some nettle beer this weekend, but would like to use honey instead of sugar. Has anyone tried this, and what would the substitution be? I'm assuming that one would have to boil the honey so as not to contaminate the brew? I'd also like to try the same with elderflower cordial, which I'v...
by farmerdrea
Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:59 pm
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: The Path to Self-sufficiency
Replies: 23
Views: 3796

Re: The Path to Self-sufficiency

I'm happy to help if you're still looking for volunteers.

Cheers
Andrea
NZ
by farmerdrea
Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:01 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Wartime cheese pudding
Replies: 15
Views: 2120

Re: Wartime cheese pudding

Made this for breakfast for the children yesterday, and they scoffed it down and wanted seconds! I used homemade chevre instead of a grate-able cheese and bread which had lots of seeds in. It was delicious, and will become a staple around here. Thank you! Simply brilliant, brilliantly simple. Cheers...
by farmerdrea
Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:22 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: pig advice
Replies: 15
Views: 2378

Re: pig advice

Part of how the pigs will be kept is dependent on breed type, but they ALL need shelter in the form of some kind of shed, to get in out of the weather when necessary. Even with all the fat they can carry around, they get chilled easily, and then you end up feeding them mountains of food just to keep...
by farmerdrea
Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:37 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Would you ever burn nappies in a woodburner?
Replies: 22
Views: 14918

Re: Would you ever burn nappies in a woodburner?

I would never burn plastic, no matter how small the amount. Burning plastic emits toxic fumes, dioxins, which eventually get into the surrounding environment, food sources and water sources. Dioxins are known carcinogens. It's legal to burn plastic in open fires here in New Zealand, and when the far...