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by matowakan
Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:41 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Having a sort out
Replies: 2
Views: 717

Re: Having a sort out

Glad that I'm not the only one who has more "projects" craft wise to do and finish!
I am so pleased when I have a sort out and throw out a small bag of stuff.Trouble is in doing that I find what I had forgotten I had !!! :icon_smile:
by matowakan
Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: no eggs!
Replies: 2
Views: 1182

Re: no eggs!

Quite often although hens bought when POL it can often take a while for them to start laying. I have had chooks where I have had to wait 5 - 8 weeks before they start laying. Also it can depend on the breed. The hybrids will often lay earlier that some of the pure or rarer breeds. I would give it a ...
by matowakan
Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: sneezing chicken
Replies: 3
Views: 1688

sneezing chicken

3 days ago I noticed that one of my girls gave a couple of sneezes. This morning whilst looking and checking her outnot only is she sneezing but has a funny eye with milky looking stuff at one corner. Any suggestions what I should do for this. Would putting cider vinegar in th water help or do you t...
by matowakan
Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Can I morph elderflower cordial into elderflower champagne
Replies: 11
Views: 2945

Re: Can I morph elderflower cordial into elderflower champag

What ever you do dont do what I did - 3 years running- and use baking yeast instead of champagne or brewers yeast if you need to give it a kick. I could never understand for the 3 years why my bottles all exploded whever I put them.Now my husband has banned me from making more!!! However I have now ...
by matowakan
Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Thick chickens.........
Replies: 6
Views: 1773

Re: Thick chickens.........

Glad she is back and ok but the story did make me laugh as I have been there too!!!! :icon_smile:
by matowakan
Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:26 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Feathered Fiends
Replies: 9
Views: 944

Re: Feathered Fiends

I also have noticed more birds around here in Dorset especially pidgeons. To such an extent that I now have to cover everything when small with netting until it has grown enoughand got bigger. They also seem bolder than they have before. Not just birds either but this year I have seen far more foxes...
by matowakan
Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Catch crayfish
Replies: 10
Views: 2209

Re: Catch crayfish

I wanted to catch crayfish until I found out all the legal stuff. Here in Dorset I was told by the powers that be that I would have to have he permission of the landowner and that once I had that and the EA had checked it out I could then apply for a licence.Needless to say I didnt bother!! It seems...
by matowakan
Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: can't identify a fish!!Help please!!
Replies: 25
Views: 9851

Re: can't identify a fish!!Help please!!

Thanks for replies,I will look up the fishes suggested.Cant believe that after 2 years or so I am finally getting closer to an identification!!
by matowakan
Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Whether to keep Quails
Replies: 8
Views: 3405

Re: Whether to keep Quails

I have always had my quail "out" so to speak in winter to no ill effects. I have covered the hutch though with old carpet or something for added protection. The hutches i have used have always had roof felt on them also. Regarding dispatching: I have dispatched mine the same way I do chooks. Holdin ...
by matowakan
Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Whether to keep Quails
Replies: 8
Views: 3405

Re: Whether to keep Quails

I have kept quail for a number of years. Agree that males can be aggressive so now I only keep females for their eggs mainly and because I like them as a breed! I keep Japanese quail. I have always kept them in a rabbit hutch with a run attached or something similar all year round with no ill effect...
by matowakan
Mon May 28, 2012 9:09 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Woad and how to make the dye
Replies: 7
Views: 2579

Re: Woad and how to make the dye

Thanks Dunc for that site, I am def going to give it a go now!
Regards Fi
by matowakan
Sun May 27, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: can't identify a fish!!Help please!!
Replies: 25
Views: 9851

Re: can't identify a fish!!Help please!!

Yes it does look v similar right down to the white spots.What is it??Thanks v much.I have been trying to get a photo myself for a couple of days without taking them out of the water but I havnt been able to.
by matowakan
Thu May 24, 2012 2:31 pm
Forum: Alternative Transport
Topic: Getting a Land Rover
Replies: 27
Views: 21412

Re: Getting a Land Rover

We bought a secondhand Landy 2 years ago and it was the first time I had driven one, now I wouldnt be without it!! I love it and find it v easy to drive and manouver about.It is also big enough to fit plenty in the back and if the rear seats are put down the "boot" size is ample for what we throw at...
by matowakan
Thu May 24, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Woad and how to make the dye
Replies: 7
Views: 2579

Re: Woad and how to make the dye

Maybe I will give that a miss for a while and investigate the soapwort!!!!
by matowakan
Thu May 24, 2012 2:27 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: can't identify a fish!!Help please!!
Replies: 25
Views: 9851

Re: can't identify a fish!!Help please!!

I have looked at piccies of the Ruffe and it isnt that.The dorsal fin is not right. I dont know if the spots are raised as I did wonder whether it could be a disease. The closest I have got to in appearance is the brown trout but with white spots!! The two have been in the pond for a few years.At th...