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by President Bartlet
Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Are elder leaves poisonous to chickens?
Replies: 1
Views: 1070

Are elder leaves poisonous to chickens?

Does anyone know if the leaves of an elder tree are poisonous? Last year our chickens ignored them, this year we've noticed a couple of hens eating them (fallen ones- they can't reach the branches). Then one died unexpectedly and I was a little concerned that the two may be connected. We've moved th...
by President Bartlet
Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:31 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Making fewer car jouneys
Replies: 24
Views: 4464

Re: Making fewer car jouneys

From a climate point of view it's good news, but I know I felt depressed when I heard this because if people have managed to reduce car use because of lack of cash, then they could have reduced it before to save CO2 emissions. The chances are we have reached climate tipping point, beyond which runaw...
by President Bartlet
Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:32 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chicken breeds?
Replies: 10
Views: 1853

Re: Chicken breeds?

For pet and eggs I think Orpingtons have a lot going for them, they're very friendly and easy to handle, gentle natured, lovely to look at, soft and fluffy plus they lay well. I've only had experience of the bantams but I've heard the above goes for a full sizer as well.
by President Bartlet
Sat May 07, 2011 7:36 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Monty Don back on BBC's Gardeners' World
Replies: 27
Views: 5388

Re: Monty Don back on BBC's Gardeners' World

Actually Monty Don wasn't a drug addict (as someone stated previously), but he did do a project with offenders and drug addicts - it was a telly series and later a book. I think he suffers with depression though.
by President Bartlet
Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: weird, gritty/sandy egg
Replies: 4
Views: 1072

weird, gritty/sandy egg

One of our bantams laid a strange egg today, it was covered in a layer of a gritty, sandy substance which took quite a lot of washing off, plus the egg itself has rough patches on it. Any ideas what could have caused this?
by President Bartlet
Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:06 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Compost question
Replies: 3
Views: 713

Re: Compost question

Thanks for that MKG- very useful.
by President Bartlet
Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:11 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Compost question
Replies: 3
Views: 713

Compost question

We've been making compost for a year. It has had fruit and veg waste, garden waste, lawn clippings (40% approx), chicken poo, straw, newspaper and sawdust (60%). We've just got it out and it looks fine- is it likely to be more on the acid or more on the alkaline side? I'm going to get a test kit but...
by President Bartlet
Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:49 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Sick chook
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Re: Sick chook

Thanks very much Bonnie. Have checked (bit grim) and I think it's proably no.3 -some type of infection- have isolated her with water and food and going to see how she is tomorrow, also going to do a course of flubenvet with all of them just in case. If it is a bacterial infection will I have to take...
by President Bartlet
Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Sick chook
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Sick chook

One of our hens is looking decidedly unwell. This morning she laid a shell less egg (something which she does every few weeks). Her tail and wings are down, she's off her food and isolating herself from the other hens (who all seem fine). What can I do? I'm at a bit of a loss, plus don't know if I s...
by President Bartlet
Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chooks- a step too far?
Replies: 4
Views: 661

Re: Chooks- a step too far?

Thank you :salute:

Will get some worming stuff- is Flubenovet what I need? Will also check for maggots (yuk) I was hoping that coz it's so cold that shouldn't be a problem, but better safe than sorry. I had a friend whose pet rabbit got fly blown and it was horrid and so awful for the animal.
by President Bartlet
Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:21 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chooks- a step too far?
Replies: 4
Views: 661

Chooks- a step too far?

Our four hens all have fluffy bums and two seem to have some erm 'gunge' on the fluff. We have actually already cleaned one up, and she was NOT happy about it and the feathers took ages to fluff back up, so then I was worried she'd get cold. She's now dirty again. Do we need to worry and do somethin...
by President Bartlet
Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Hen laying outside of coop.
Replies: 7
Views: 1438

Re: Hen laying outside of coop.

Thanks oldjerry for your ideas. They are all laying inside the coop now and today all of them laid -they only came into lay last month, and we get between 1 and 3 eggs but today 4 - 100% :iconbiggrin:

It was very sunny here today- can that make the difference?
by President Bartlet
Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Non flighty breeds with pretty coloured eggs?
Replies: 4
Views: 914

Re: Non flighty breeds with pretty coloured eggs?

Australorps are non flighty, great layers and really friendly. Apparently egg colour can vary, but our blue aussies just lay lovely creamy white eggs.
by President Bartlet
Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:30 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Peak Oil
Replies: 49
Views: 6164

Re: Peak Oil

Peak oil probably occurred in 2006 and is a factor in the subsequent financial meltdown. We are on the undulating plateau before we fall off the edge of the energy cliff. Pretty much all of M King Hubbert's predictions have been proven to be accurate and 2010 was the year that PO started entering ma...
by President Bartlet
Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:59 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Hen laying outside of coop.
Replies: 7
Views: 1438

Hen laying outside of coop.

Our hens mostly lay inside, however we regularly find eggs that have been laid outside (never the same place twice). We have four hens in a large run. I think only one of them is laying outside (the outside eggs all look similar). Has anyone got any tips to encourage inside laying, or can anyone she...