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by nigel
18 Nov 2011, 06:55
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: 21st Century Chickens - How to automate your chicken coop
Replies: 2
Views: 441

21st Century Chickens - How to automate your chicken coop

As a chicken lover and an apple fanboy have to say this set up caused a smile

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/1 ... -coop.html
by nigel
18 Sep 2011, 12:02
Forum: Recipes
Topic: Goat for dinner
Replies: 11
Views: 5432

Re: Goat for dinner

I love curry goat.
by nigel
18 Sep 2011, 06:09
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: My first post *Winter Chicken Help Please*
Replies: 4
Views: 268

Re: My first post *Winter Chicken Help Please*

They shouldn't require any additional heat. Provided they are out of draughts but with good ventilation the cold shouldn't be a big issue for them. The feathers are very good insulators and retainers of heat. They do appreciate a 'warm mash' on cold mornings though. Here in Sweden we had temperature...
by nigel
09 Sep 2011, 06:28
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Understanding the Moult
Replies: 8
Views: 368

Understanding the Moult

It's that time of year again people, so I thought I'd post some helpful information on the moult that i got from the Smallholders course i did a few years ago, hope it helps During the late summer and autumn, many poultry keepers, especially those who are keeping poultry for the first time become ve...
by nigel
01 Sep 2011, 10:51
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: If you could start again.......
Replies: 23
Views: 1426

Re: If you could start again.......

Clover wrote:If I were starting again, I'd buy a shed not a small coop,
I agree with clover this would be the first thing I'd change if I started all over again
by nigel
30 Aug 2011, 09:26
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Goose killing chicken?
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: Goose killing chicken?

We did have a hand raised Skånegås/Scania goose that did start to become very aggressive to some of our female Cochins. Needless to say he ended up as Sunday dinner before he got as far as killing any of them, but I do think it was only a matter of time.
by nigel
01 Aug 2011, 16:26
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: Guinea Fowl as Pest Control
Replies: 6
Views: 967

Re: Guinea Fowl as Pest Control

Flamingosauce wrote:Guinea Fowl can be used to clear land of ticks...do they each mites or is that wishful thinking?
I have also read reports of guinea fowl being used to control deer ticks, allegedly it is very successful
by nigel
28 Jul 2011, 21:34
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: What are the rules of posting abroad??
Replies: 13
Views: 604

Re: What are the rules of posting abroad??

tweedy wrote:Eggs or birds ? You can send up to 20 eggs within EU countries no problem, check with DEFRA they will give good advice.
The rules for less than 20 have been changed I believe to bring them in line with other DEFRA rules.
by nigel
07 Jul 2011, 06:20
Forum: Eggs and Growers
Topic: What sex?
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: What sex?

Don't want to guess at the silkie x drizzles but the Orps I think boy, girl

Mainly based on posture, head shape and the leg size/musculature
by nigel
05 Jul 2011, 08:14
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Our first ever fox attack
Replies: 16
Views: 648

Re: Our first ever fox attack

I know how you feel, we had a similar thing happen to our flock of geese. I think we always end up saying, 'the one day I don't lock them away/leave them unsupervised... ' personally it is my belief that foxy visits everyday and just takes advantage of the time our guard slips or we get distracted. ...
by nigel
03 Jul 2011, 15:37
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Agraphobic hen ??
Replies: 11
Views: 423

Re: Agraphobic hen ??

I dont want to be a pedant, but agraphobia is the fear of sexual abuse, agoraphobia is the fear of outdoors

Sorry, I'll get my coat...
by nigel
30 Jun 2011, 11:57
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Anything special geese like???
Replies: 4
Views: 310

Re: Anything special geese like???

Dandelions, ours cleared the paddock of them completely.
by nigel
27 Jun 2011, 08:31
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: shetland ducks & scots dumpy's
Replies: 9
Views: 875

Re: shetland ducks & scots dumpy's

I don't recall a thread on Shetland ducks, I'm not even sure I've heard of Shetland ducks, but we have members from Shetland including Jaydee.
by nigel
25 Jun 2011, 06:03
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: hemp bedding.
Replies: 5
Views: 786

Re: hemp bedding.

When in the UK I used to use

Sundown Red. Great mix of dust extracted wood shavings and chopped straw with a great eucalyptus fragrance which, I believe, used to keep the flies away.

http://www.sundownproducts.co.uk/equine_sdRed.html