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by VM
Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Ish Members' Blogs
Replies: 29
Views: 9158

Re: Ish Members' Blogs

I've only just come back on the site after a bit of an absence. In the meantime I have started this blog, not quite a year old.

Would love it to be added. Called Flat Earth, Big Sky - about living in Lincolnshire

http://vmarris.wordpress.com

Thanks

VM
by VM
Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Lincolnshire
Replies: 3
Views: 643

Hello from Lincolnshire

I'm not actually new but not been on here for some time. I used to live in Manchester and last year moved to the edge of the Lincolnshire fens, near Sleaford. Looking forward to looking around here again and would especially like to hear from anyone else in the county or nearby.
by VM
Sun Dec 05, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: agricultural occupancy
Replies: 1
Views: 6330

agricultural occupancy

If a property is for sale with an agricultural occupancy restriction, what exactly does that mean? Does it mean you have to be someone working in agriculture or planning to use the land for agricultural purposes? And what is covered by the latter? Would you have to be going to use the land for farmi...
by VM
Sun Dec 05, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: how high can a stoat jump?
Replies: 11
Views: 2076

Re: how high can a stoat jump?

It's still not around at present. I appreciate suggestions about trying to catch it but I have thought about this and really not sure what we would do with it or how long we could keep it once we had caught it. I don't want a pet ferret and don't know anyone who does and have checked with RSPCA loca...
by VM
Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: how high can a stoat jump?
Replies: 11
Views: 2076

Re: how high can a stoat jump?

Been away from forum for a bit so only just read last few replies. It's an escaped ferret, pretty sure now. We've seen it several times and it's definitely not in a pack and it doesn't look quite big enough for a mink. Cute little thing and not frightened of people, but not cute enough for me to wan...
by VM
Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:07 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: how high can a stoat jump?
Replies: 11
Views: 2076

Re: how high can a stoat jump?

This one did kill three out of four chickens in one go - in our friend's run. We are sure it was a stoat (or ferret) as someone has seen it and also there was no way for a fox to get into the run - the tunnel into the run may have been made by rats originally, but definitely nothing big enough for a...
by VM
Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:30 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: how high can a stoat jump?
Replies: 11
Views: 2076

how high can a stoat jump?

There is a stoat (or possibly feral ferret, but we think stoat) at the allotment site where we keep our chickens - it has recently killed a neighbour's hens. Our run is designed to be fox-proof with wire fencing sunk into ground and a roof; and up til now the hens have put themselves to bed and not ...
by VM
Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Eco-friendly meat?
Replies: 4
Views: 499

Eco-friendly meat?

What sort of decisions does anyone make about most sustainable choice of meat to eat? Currently we buy quite a bit of beef, pork and lamb from a small producer at a farmer's market - rare breed but not organic. I like supporting them and the beef in particular is very good quality - but apart from s...
by VM
Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: eco house - where do we start?
Replies: 13
Views: 1957

Re: eco house - where do we start?

Thanks for that link - just looked at their website and emailed about going on a tour. I know that village by name from when I lived down there when I was growing up, but didn't know about their project - looks good.
by VM
Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:16 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: eco house - where do we start?
Replies: 13
Views: 1957

Re: eco house - where do we start?

Thanks for these suggestions - and yes I know it will take time to find land and no, we are clear that we are not going to buy a piece of land just in the hope of getting planning permission. Good suggestion about talking to local authority.
by VM
Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:51 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: eco house - where do we start?
Replies: 13
Views: 1957

eco house - where do we start?

Partner and I would like to find land to grow food on and ideally build an energy effcient house on. We're interested in the passive solar/earth sheltered model which we've seen on a visit to the Hockerton Housing Project a few years back. We currently grow almost all our fruit and veg on two allotm...
by VM
Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Keeping Chickens on an allotment
Replies: 10
Views: 2468

Re: Keeping Chickens on an allotment

Haven't been on here for a bit - maybe you have already decided what you're doing. We keep chickens on our allotment and have done for a few months. We go down at least once a day, sometimes twice - if that would be hard you'd need to think about feeding regimes etc. My partner built a large, solid ...
by VM
Mon Jun 30, 2008 3:31 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: keeping chickens advice please
Replies: 10
Views: 933

Re: keeping chickens advice please

Scroll down the page a bit in this forum to see my posted question a while ago about hybrids vs pure breeds and various people's answers. The more I went into it, the more I felt I wanted pure breeds - especially for the reason other people give about supporting the continued existence of these bree...
by VM
Mon Jun 30, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: dogs that don't kill chickens??
Replies: 14
Views: 1877

Re: dogs that don't kill chickens??

Definitely dogs can be trained out of problem behaviour - but I also think it is easier or harder depending on the type of dog. After all, they have been bred over time to have certain characteristics and uses. We have two rescue lurchers and I can't imagine them ever being trained out of wanting to...
by VM
Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:06 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens - hybrids vs pure breeds
Replies: 17
Views: 2969

Yes, when I talk about hybrids I mean what are being called here, 'modern hybrids,' which are the ones developed for intensive farming, but are now being sold to many novice chicken owners as being easy and good because they lay better - but people selling them don't tell you, unless you ask, that t...

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