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  2. Valkyrie

    The Weather Thread #9

    Didn't get to completely empty the water butts. The ones in the garden were syphoned to the ones in the field. They are fairly big and I probably used up 2 large ones in all. The big tank wasn't completely emptied either. A lot of things like the onions and spuds had to fend for themselves - even the brassicas didn't need watering and we've had some amazing calabrese! Mostly the water slurping culprit was the greenhouse. I only did the peppers when they looked like they needed it and the tomatoes every morning, unless it was wet - not done it today. Yesterday we had .1 of an inch overnight. Today we were a third of the way up the container - possibly half an inch or more, but as it was still chucking it down this evening I didn't have another look! It's a lot in one day, that's for sure! All the windbreak sheeting that I took down when it was hot, has now been put up again, but the plastic overhead on the run is pretty much moth eaten and the rain is getting inside. I'm thinking waxed canvas - or a marquee!
  3. The Dogmother

    The Weather Thread #9

    I haven't checked the butts yet, but it has been raining on and off all day (while I was working outside) I changed to shorts under my waterproof jacket as i was fed up of wet jeans sticking to my legs. The rain was torrential earlier this evening!
  4. Valkyrie

    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    A few years ago we were in Wimborne Minster (well must be well before 10 years ago because we were with my folks!) and a blackbird was adding a little police siren sound to his warble!
  5. poppy ben grace

    Saying goodbye and when to do it.

    Thank you x
  6. mullethunter

    Saying goodbye and when to do it.

    What a beautiful photo. You will miss her but you’ve absolutely unquestionably done the right thing. Best wishes.
  7. mullethunter

    The Weather Thread #9

    Hooray!!!! The water buts are all full!! I hate using tap water for the garden too DM.
  8. poppy ben grace

    Saying goodbye and when to do it.

    Thank you all so much . She’s gone bless her . She had a lovely last walk and even had a dip in the river one last time. The vet said she had lots of other things going on so I’m comforted in the fact that she’s not in pain anymore. Its still so awful and I miss her so much. The worse thing is the empty spot on the sofa 😢 . X
  9. mullethunter

    Head shaking and stopped laying...any ideas?

    Did you worm with flubenvet?
  10. Luvachicken

    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    We have a lovely thrush that does all sorts of sounds from car alarms to various sirens and even a house alarm. He does them all over and over again. There was even a robin that could do the Intel processor tune. Hubby of course could never hear any of it - just a bird singing
  11. Luvachicken

    Keeping Chickens 6

    Congratulations on your first egg Here's to lots more 😊
  12. Peter

    Keeping Chickens 6

    With the coop complete and in place the next thing to do after I had laid an area of second hand paving (the paving helps in many ways, keeping their feet and straw dry, also their claws in good condition when scratching for food). was to make a run for them to use in the mornings, evenings on wet days and when we go on holiday. I used chicken wire knowing that it will not keep out Mr fox but at night they are locked in the coop. I ordered my 4 chickens but after a very long 4 weeks the chicken farmer let me down. So I contacted another chicken farmer and collected my lovely point to lay ICA Brown ladies within a week. He also told me the best place to buy food for them and lots of other advice. After 10 days I got my first egg and it tasted fantastic. Well that has brought you up to date. I hope you have enjoyed reading and the photos about me and my chickens. Peter.
  13. Luvachicken

    Saying goodbye and when to do it.

    Sending you enormous hugs for what is a sad time. Our cocker spaniel, Daisy, was PTS nearly 6 years ago now, she was almost 17, so I know how hard it is. She gave us a lot of happy memories and we were just talking about her yesterday and some of the things she used to get up to. Your photo is beautiful, you will have a lot of happy memories too xxxxx
  14. Perhaps they have dogs who are scared of fireworks.... one of mine is; she is trained to not be bothered by gunfire (I used her when beating on shoots) but is beside herself with terror when she hears fireworks. This stems from when some youths threw a banger at her when she was a pup and nothing I can do prevents her from being terrified.
  15. Cat tails

    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Starlings are quite good at mimicry. I had a starling in my garden a few years ago who imitated the chickens, but also black birds, coots, swifts, jackdaws, a few more other birds and frogs. He had a whole song with all these sounds. On another imitation note... Merel tried to do a cockerel for about 20 min this morning...
  16. patsylabrador

    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    I was woken at 4am by some bird imitating a car alarm. It was actually quite funny to hear. I've heard that birds will do that. I've heard phones ringing in the trees but that's the first car alarm 🚙 ⏰ I also think it's quite clever that they do phones ringing during the day and the car alarm was early morning when you often hear them anyway when people are heading off to work.
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  18. I live near an Army firing range where they regularly practice all day and there is another army base nearby that seem to practice with much larger noisier weapons that can be heard in the distance and no-one ever complains but let off a single firework and half the town hits Facebook to complain. Wish people would just live and let live
  19. Luvachicken

    Really persistent broody hen

    Not sure what to suggest but do know what it is like to have a Pekin that doesn't follow the 3 day rule. Lily is often in the dog crate for about 7 days. Perhaps one of those dog cooling sheets might work ? Or maybe one of those cool cloths that they sell in garden centres for people ? Although not sure if that would make her too wet. It definitely made me cool when I used it for the first time yesterday afternoon. Hopefully someone else might have some better ideas soon.
  20. I'm glad nothing has happened with Victor Meldrew. I sometimes worry my girls make too much of a racket but no one has complained yet. Other every day life is far noisier.
  21. Luvachicken

    Introducing new silkies to pekins

    They are all just soooo beautiful. Think I could be swayed towards the Silkies. Are they as cute and friendly as Pekins though ?
  22. Glad to hear that nothing has happened! Still stressful for you, though so my sympathies!
  23. So six months on, and nothing has happened. I strongly suspect that when Victor got down to it, and kept a log-book of all the 'nuisance noise', he realized that it was not as frequent, or as loud, as he remembered it.
  24. soapdragon

    The Weather Thread #9

    We had some heavy rain overnight with more promised for tomorrow but, horror of horrors, 32 and 33 degrees for next Tuesday and Wednesday ! Nooooooooo!
  25. I have a really persistent broody Pekin and have run out of ideas so was hoping someone would be able to suggest something to help? I have tried the usual 3 days and nights in a dog crate up on bricks (didn't work), a further 4 days and nights in the crate (didn't work) , letting her out of the crate and hoofing her out of the next box several times a day (didn't work), dunking her chest in cool water a couple of times a day (while in crate for 3 days) (didn't work) and I've just finished 3 days and nights in the crate on cool blocks (covered with a towel) IT DIDN'T WORK!!! She was brooding on the cool block and will brood on the bars of the cube too. She has eaten very little over the last few weeks but still seems lively enough. I've shut the house door now and she spends all her time at the top of the ladder trying to get in. She's never been broody before. I have two other Pekins who regularly go broody but are easily broken in the crate for 3 days and nights. HELP! I'm tearing my hair out
  26. My ex-bat has suddenly stopped laying and is shaking her head more than usual. We have been back from holiday a couple of weeks and she didn't lay when we first got back but I figured that was just the disruption of coming home. Laid a couple of eggs after a week or so then nothing more. Before that she was laying most days. Not sure if the head shaking is connected. Have been wormed, deloused, poultry spice in food and ACV in water as always. Any ideas welcome, thank you. If she is at the end of her laying life that is fine but if she's poorly I'd like to help her.
  27. poppy ben grace

    Purple eglu with 3 meter run Pe69hs

    Sold ......
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