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by grubbysoles
Mon May 03, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Do I have a broody hen??
Replies: 45
Views: 2883

Re: Do I have a broody hen??

Well Speckles definitely IS broody now - she has sat down on the eggs today and is not budging. She's all fluffed up - just an enormous lump plonked in the nest box and squawking at me when I go anywhere near her. Do I need to separate her from the other hens? We've just finished building a new hen ...
by grubbysoles
Sun May 02, 2010 1:03 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Do I have a broody hen??
Replies: 45
Views: 2883

Re: Do I have a broody hen??

Thanks Red, She was making a terrible racket yesterday after she laid - she normally squawks for a couple of minutes, but she sat in there for about 20 minutes going crazy. She doesn't sit on them constantly though, so perhaps she's just a grump. I didn't realise you can buy fertilised eggs. But wha...
by grubbysoles
Sun May 02, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Do I have a broody hen??
Replies: 45
Views: 2883

Do I have a broody hen??

Hi, I've had my 4 chickens for just over a year - bought them point-of-lay, so they are still quite young and I've not yet experienced one go broody. However!!... one of them has started acting strangely - she is very grumpy all the time and squawks at anyone who goes anywhere near her. She also see...
by grubbysoles
Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:14 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Food, Inc. (documentary)
Replies: 20
Views: 2527

Re: Food, Inc. (documentary)

I've only just discovered this very interesting thread - although I haven't seen the film. Continuing on the tangent, I once watched You Are What You Eat (the Dr Gillian McKeith programme) and they did a nutritional breakdown of kebab meat. It was actually nutritionally worse than cat food! Even my ...
by grubbysoles
Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Cost of keeping chooks??
Replies: 32
Views: 2357

Re: Cost of keeping chooks??

On the cost issue, we have 4 hens and they cost us £8 for a 20kg sack of layers mash, which lasts 4-5weeks, although I've noticed they seem to be eating a bit more of it as it's winter. I buy woodshavings and straw for their nest boxes, but these cost about £2 a bag and last a few months each, so pr...
by grubbysoles
Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: toddlers ad baths
Replies: 11
Views: 2433

Re: toddlers ad baths

My daughter did this when she was about 1 1/2 or so. She absolutely would NOT get in the bath - would thrash her legs about everywhere when I tried to put her in there. It lasted a few weeks and then she just started happily getting in the bath again and has loved it again ever since. I think I have...
by grubbysoles
Sat Dec 26, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: tantrums? like living with a volcano!
Replies: 9
Views: 1588

Re: tantrums? like living with a volcano!

Hi, I'm not going to be much help here as, so far, my 3 year old hasn't entered the tantrum phase and is very laid back. Touch wood it will stay that way... I just wanted to say, as the youngest of 4 who grew up with an absolute nightmare of an older brother, please make sure that little Poppy gets ...
by grubbysoles
Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:54 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Bathing babies - how do you?
Replies: 25
Views: 3152

Re: Bathing babies - how do you?

I bring Bubs in the bath with me. I have a useless back and it just can't cope with leaning over the side of the bath trying to hold on to a slippery baby, and I foolishly gave my baby bathtub away. Bringing her in the bath is much easier, but my 3 year old then inevitably also wants to get in with ...
by grubbysoles
Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:11 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Best babycare creams
Replies: 6
Views: 1114

Re: Best babycare creams

I found Lansinoh a life-saver for sore boobs. With bum cream, I just buy supermarket own brands, but I would recommend washing your baby's bot with warm water with a squeeze of Dr Bronners liquid castille soap in it. Stay away from wet wipes - full of chemical baddies. The Dr Bronners is just a bunc...
by grubbysoles
Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:19 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: How to remove skin tags at home?
Replies: 4
Views: 918

Re: 10 month old not sleeping

Hi, Firstly, of course, congratulations on your bundle of joy! Our bundle is nearly 6 months and similar story. Sometimes she's fine, but sometimes we'll do the night feed and she's then wide awake and ready to play. Harsh as it sounds, we ignore her! She's in her cot right next to us, we keep the l...
by grubbysoles
Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Cranial Osteopathy?!!
Replies: 18
Views: 2576

Re: Cranial Osteopathy?!!

Yes, I apologise for giving money to a very non- 'ish company, but sometimes you have to put your sanity first. When the baby's screaming and the toddler (who has just mastered talking) is saying 'Mummy rusk please, Mummy rusk please, Mummy rusk please, Mummy rusk please...' (you get the idea) - som...
by grubbysoles
Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:56 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Has anyone made their own stair gate?
Replies: 3
Views: 1659

Re: Has anyone made their own stair gate?

I can't help you with this, although I'd also be interested to see anyone else's attempts. We could do with modifying ours/building a custom one with a cat flap in it. Dusty can cope with the big leap (of course she can... she's a cat!), but she makes a right old racket when her paws land on top of ...
by grubbysoles
Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Keeping chickens warm
Replies: 15
Views: 2360

Re: Keeping chickens warm

Thanks for the replies. I'm obviously thinking like a human, with useless natural insulation, rather than like a nice feathery chicken :flower:
by grubbysoles
Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Sweetcorn
Replies: 87
Views: 5616

Re: Sweetcorn

Right, I'd best pop out to buy a horse, some sheep and a couple of pigs :wink: Mr Grubby decided to harvest all the sweetcorn, and it was usable, although not brilliant. They were a bit small and rather anaemic looking, but they tasted ok. The chickens didn't get completely left out - I threw them t...
by grubbysoles
Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:54 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Sweetcorn
Replies: 87
Views: 5616

Re: Sweetcorn

My sweetcorn is rubbish :( This was my first attempt and they came up quickly and looked spectacular, got some cobs growing, but then the plants seemed to die off before the cobs had a chance to reach full size and ripen. The stems are now turning red and the whole lot look decidedly like they are p...