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by sheridand
Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:08 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Aniseed scented plant
Replies: 11
Views: 4574

Re: Aniseed scented plant

It sounds like wormwood! But that generally grows in dry areas?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_absinthium
by sheridand
Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:06 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Changing the clocks would reduce carbon emmisions
Replies: 45
Views: 7118

Re: Changing the clocks would reduce carbon emmisions

We were in line with Europe anyway, until the DORA (Defence of the Realm Act) brought in by Lloyd George, to enable production levels to rise for the arms race and food production in the First World War. It's also DORA we have to thank for the pub closing hours, enforced to keep the workers out of t...
by sheridand
Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:20 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: new chooks roosting in nesting box!
Replies: 11
Views: 1478

Re: new chooks roosting in nesting box!

Mine was a readymade unit (well, put together by husband) and he's done an ok job, apart from the perches, I think! I think they seem a little narrow for their slots, so I might just get some more solid perches and a clip to clip them in. I wonder if you can use branches? We have a lot of good sized...
by sheridand
Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:17 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: new chooks roosting in nesting box!
Replies: 11
Views: 1478

Re: new chooks roosting in nesting box!

Did it, blocked off box with a cardboard box. There are sad little peck marks on it, but they did give in and found them this morning , both perches wrenched from the slots, all the bedding in one corner and them all bundled together!
by sheridand
Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: smelly chicken run
Replies: 7
Views: 6401

Re: smelly chicken run

I live in the Fens and just about everything can get waterlogged really quickly. With this in mind I built my run on a hardcore base, then a mix of mud and stones. I've also tilted it slightly towards the run-off.It's also surrouned by a gravel path, and raised just above the actual ground level. So...
by sheridand
Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Scraps for chickens...
Replies: 27
Views: 3906

Re: Scraps for chickens...

Just discovered mine love tomatoes. I put the last of the toms in, and they play chicken football for a bit before they get purchase. Very amusing. I would also like to know, what are the rules on meat? I was told not to feed meat to chooks, but, what about bacon rind etc? They do happily eat the gr...
by sheridand
Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: new chooks roosting in nesting box!
Replies: 11
Views: 1478

Re: new chooks roosting in nesting box!

thanks oldjerry, I will seek out a bit of wood tommorrow! they are quite sweet all stuffed in there but it's a bit pooey of a morning!
by sheridand
Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: new chooks roosting in nesting box!
Replies: 11
Views: 1478

new chooks roosting in nesting box!

They've settled in beautifully, are recognising me and the kids as we tramp up the garden with scraps, and waiting at teatime for us. They seem quite clever: they've found their way in and out of the run when i let them out and so on. BUT: all 3 of them insist on squishing into the nesting box at ni...
by sheridand
Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Muck spreading: how foul
Replies: 22
Views: 4326

Re: Muck spreading: how foul

Ah ha! It's Agrivert. Human sludge cake. A quick web search will reveal that lots of people are worried about human pathogens remaining in the soil and there have been links to embryo deformity in animals. it's definately that, it's the same greyish sludge/soil. It HONKS! You seriously cannot even o...
by sheridand
Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Muck spreading: how foul
Replies: 22
Views: 4326

Re: Muck spreading: how foul

According to the local smallholder next door it is sludgecake they spread, which I think is from human sewage plants? I am going to check DEFRA now, it really does honk! If you leave your washing out it takes 3 washes to get the stink off. I am in Fenland, so no animal manure in sight, it's all crop...
by sheridand
Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:18 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Scraps for chickens...
Replies: 27
Views: 3906

Re: Scraps for chickens...

My book says that they love milk, especially when it is sour! And that cereal (provided it is the tasteless healthy sort I torture my kids with) is fine too. probably not coco pops though!
by sheridand
Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Muck spreading: how foul
Replies: 22
Views: 4326

Muck spreading: how foul

This might be a bit off topic, but I am curious to know what people think. Where I live in the Fens the muck spreading is starting in earnest. It means no washing can be put out and it stinks , badly, for days. It is sludge cake, (human waste) they're spreading on the field at the end of my garden. ...
by sheridand
Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:26 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Scraps for chickens...
Replies: 27
Views: 3906

Re: Scraps for chickens...

Our 3 new girls arrived on Saturday. So far, they have had layer pellets in the morning, but they haven't eaten them all (I prob put too many out!) and sweetcorn, a handful of corn, lots of goosegrass I weeded that they went mental for, 3 dock leaves I hung from the coop, 2 squished plums, the lefto...
by sheridand
Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:11 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: how much chicken poo to expect and what to do?
Replies: 4
Views: 1014

how much chicken poo to expect and what to do?

Our coop and runs are finally ready, the birds are to be collected next weekend.I have a final thing to sort out: the poo! I am unsure as to how much poo 3 birds will make. The run is earth floor, the coop is a pull out litter tray which I will line with paper and shavings. My query is really about ...
by sheridand
Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: hello from the fens
Replies: 21
Views: 2457

Re: hello from the fens

Hi there, i am Fenland too, in Chatteris. Where are you? We have found some lovely people to get our hens from. I am just starting to forage too. Bit damp at the mo, though!