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  2. I water in the evening too. Just have more time and would have to get up at rediculous o-clock to water in the morning as parts are baking quite early.
  3. Yes it is fine to use while you wait for Viratec. And as Beantree has said, check all birds on a regular basis and aim to keep their stress levels low. I use a poultry tonic containing vit B at times of stress (moulting, new birds) for this reason. All new birds are quarantined and checked over on alternate days, I always tend to my existing flock first, then the newbies to avoid transferring anything from the incomers.
  4. Oh, OH does ours in the evenings......don't want to put him off!
  5. Daphne, just read 10 mins ago early morning watering is best. I usually do evening as more time. The article suggested evening not so good as water would stay soggy around the plant for longer and could encourage fungus.
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  7. I think so, but there are definitely more varieties that are scented. Sarah Bernhardt definitely too. My mom buys them as cut flowers and most colours are scented.
  8. Enjoy! We are slightly ahead of you here, as we have been unlocked in part for a few weeks now, although still with restrictions and masks on in all indoor situations. However, we have an outbreak again in a part of Lisbon, so that is being closed down again, I am so glad to see it, it gives me confidence that the Govt is taking it seriously. It took me a while to grasp the opportunity, but since I have been out both socially for a drink, and into a shop, I feel like a new woman. Or rather, just like the old one before she was shut away for 2 months. I wish GW didn't clash with HIGNFY! I also want tomato advice but OH is keener on being amused, can't say I blame him in these circs!
  9. Ah, CT, do you happen to know which variety that is? I do know one, Duchesse de Nemours, a lovely white, just like yours, which is scented. But it is not a common trait for most peonies.
  10. Then you never stuck your nose in my peony! Best scented flower! Actually got myself two roses last week after seeing the GW rerun on roses. Bought 2 climbing roses, one to go on the fence, the other up the pear tree.
  11. I am glad you are getting out and about - slower up here and I am very wary still and think we still need to be careful very careful as it could come back as a second wave god forbid. There are more vehicles here and the usual young boy racers have never stopped really. All our whisky distilleries are closed so much less lorry traffic here though which is a bonus. Thankfully retired last year and can just do my own thing. Who said Scotland was cold? 27.4 degrees here and max round about was 28 degrees today - was lovely
  12. That first trip out is amazing isn't. I felt like I'd been on a little holiday, I felt so refreshed. It's starting to really buzz here again. Non stop traffic, more pedestrians. Still less tubes and hardly any planes but it feels good. Groups of teens out, that's not a complaint, I'm happy to see them enjoying the sun but I don't understand the objection to their schooling restarting if they've made the decision to socialise anyway. Enjoy your get togethers!
  13. I went to the launderette today!!!!!! Drove to Wheatley, a large village about 9 miles away, with two summer weight duvets (mine and an elderly, self isolating friends) and had a lovely time - felt like a real outing! The first time I've left our village in weeks. Then OH and I called in at a small, independent garden centre on the way home for compost (got the very last bag of anything usable to grow stuff in). Also a tray of 6 multi coloured lobelia plug plants for the pots 'out front' (have to keep up appearances - very Hyacinth Buckett!) Monty is 'doing' tomato plants on GW tonight - will be watching as mine are looking feeble and anemic (sp?) and a tad crispy leaved. Obviously something wrong but I've done nothing different to usual so will be interesting to see what 'The Don' has to say!
  14. Is it possible to use Milton steroid g solution if I rinse really well Dogmother?
  15. I have 2 hens and have just witnessed one of them wait outside the nesting box whilst the other was laying. The second number 2 had laid her egg, number 1 grabbed it, ran off and snaffled it shell first in almost a single gulp. Poor Daphne did not know what had hit her. Scooby does not eat her own eggs, which she lays earlier in the day. Is this just a matter of putting a golf ball in there to deter any future efforts or should I try and keep Scooby out while Daphne lays? Any advice very welcome, thank you. PS. They have plenty of calcium in their diet as I give them extra with their pellets.
  16. Really? I had no idea about rose colour. I am off to see what I can find out. How exciting! I have a beautiful pale pink rose which bloomed its socks off this year for the first time, with a powerful fragrance. I planted it a few years ago but no idea what its called, her you just buy what you can find - ranges are very limited, unless you can eat it, in which case, the seed range is phenomenal. Just out of interest, do you find any difference between morning watering and evening watering. If I am up early I will do it in the morning, but mostly I do it in the evening, on the basis there is 12 hours or so for the water to go in and stay there, rather than evaporating. I think I might do a second lot of beetroot as well as you get 2 for the price of 1 with the leaves as well as the root. My mother adores beetroot and in her online shop I always get her 2 punnets. I forgot to say before, about peach trees, we have been using copper spray (UK purchase). Did it a couple of times last year, and once early this year. Its to try to stop the terrible aphid infestation we have as well as the curl. Loads of birds pick off some of the aphids, but not enough. We'll spray again after harvest and maybe once more before the end of the summer. The tree is marginally healthier than it was last year, not sure if its the spray or luck or imagination!
  17. Cool temperatures result in a late hatch Mullethunter, so I'd say your sensor is reading low as your last hatch worked out right. Curled toes is a lack of vitamin B (I think) in the hen that laid the egg. Our bantams run at 21 days as large fowl do so I don't know where your 18 days came from? Dead in shell may be due to too high a humidity in the first 18 days which didn't allow the air sac to develop so the chick couldn't manoeuvre to pip. Is your sensor at the same level as the Brinsea temperature sensor unit? I recommend you leave the unit set as it is and check the sac development to be sure your humidity is correct as shell porosity affects that; the 'standard' figure of 45% is just an average. We've run dry before now to get the air sac right.
  18. Calling anyone with experience hatching in an incubator!! I’m using a Brinsea Mini Advance II. In it with the eggs I’ve got a cool little temperature and humidity sensor that sends readings every minute to my phone. The website says the sensor is generally accurate to +/- 0.3 degrees at 0-60 degrees C, with a maximum tolerance of +/- 0.5 degrees. It says anything less accurate than that maximum tolerance is not sold. I have my incubator set at 37.5 degrees, and according to its read-out, it’s running at between 37.4 and 37.6. However according to my sensor it’s running at between 36.6 and 37.2. Last time I used it to hatch, out of 4 developing eggs, 1 Wyandotte bantam pipped at 19 days and hatched healthy, 2 Pekin bantams pipped at 20 days - one hatching healthy and the other with curled toes and generally slightly wonky but she’s OK, 1 pekin was dead in shell. Does this suggest it probably was running slightly cold as I thought bantams should be 18 days? What would you recommend?
  19. When we bought this house all the roses (there are dozens) were white, except one very scented red. After three years of chickens grubbing under them and fertilising them in the process the colours have developed and we now have pinks, yellows and oranges.I didn't realise the colours were influenced by the soil condition. We do cut them for the house, time permitting, particularly if rain is expected. To retain the moisture on tomatoes and potatoes we cover the soil with 5cm of leaf mulch. It makes a huge difference in the watering needed. In Autumn the leaves are blown into a heap and sucked up through a shredder then stored in a pile until Spring. They don't rot much. We're also going to try moss, because that doesn't seem to rot at all and we may be able to use it over several years. I've just sown a second lot of beetroot and leeks and a first sowing of parsnips. Problem is it is so hot and dry at the moment the rows keep drying out so, although they may have germinated, I've probably killed them by not watering often enough.
  20. Your peony certainly is stunning, possibly the most beautiful blossom of all in my book, except for the lack of scent, so I fall back on the rose. Do you find yourself in a quandary about whether to cut some blooms for the house, or are you quite happy with them on the plant. I can never decide. The nicest floral thing that has happened to me this year is that a poppy self seeded itself in with the broad beans. Its a very fertile bed, and the poppy is about 4 ft high with multiple heads of a very shaggy flowered poppy, its quite ununusual. Every time I have flowers in this particular veg bed they are enormous and very floriferous. The only bad thing is that its a bit salmon pink, which I am not keen on. I sowed lots of a blackcurrant coloured one, with a shaggy flower, but none of those have come up. You might find your squashes are quite thirsty, I no longer try to grow them, or melons or courgettes because I don't have any free water. Valkyrie is a big fan of Charles Dowding, I'm sure there is a lot of good sense in there. One thing I have learnt about conserving water is that you plant much closer together than you might think so there is more shade and less bare soil for run off. Also, its no longer a chore to weed, I keep big weeds down but other than that they are allowed to grow, the roots hold the soil together and help conserve the moisture. Most annual weeds are small and weedy and are not competition, at least not after veg sowings have established. Mulching helps as well, but ideally you need to mulch onto very wet soil, and not crowd the stem of the plant otherwise the water will just run off and/or the stem will rot. I can see my beetroot and carrot sowings are coming up, its taken an age. They are both partially shaded by the broad beans, which wasn't intentional, but may be helping, given the power of the sun here. One cherry tomato has 2 fruit on it! But I am still waiting to plant most of big tomatoes out as I have to finish the never ending broad beans first, to free up a bed. Fruit is mostly miss, with one hit which is it looks like a very good grape and possibly olive year. We are going to try to make a bit more wine this year (we'll only be talking 20 litres max) so we are a bit more self sufficient. So I am pruning for fruit, not for shade. We tried some 2.5 year old Chateau Daphne last week, and it was pretty good! We are also in the lovely position of having olive oil in store from ourselves and 3 other people, so we can have taste tests. Its amazing how different each batch is, from a radius of 20 miles, with different micro-climates.
  21. You need to check all the others for cankers on a regular basis. The stress of a moult is sufficient to trigger it. One option, which we didn't have in France, is to treat the remaining hen with Flagyl, even though she may not have any symptoms yet so she doesn't have to be kept separate; speak to your vet. We bought a cockerel and the stress of the move triggered cankers during his 2 week isolation period. He was treated with Flagyl and made a full and rapid recovery. He wasn't infected anymore so we had no future issues with his hens. The problem is you can easily buy in stock carrying the parasite, or any other diseases like Mycoplasma, which is why a quarantine period is essential.
  22. Oh heck! My other bantam may well have it. Will check. Luckily the rest of my hens are kept separately, so hopefully they won’t have it. Not got any Viratec, will have to order some. Would I be able to use Milton sterilising solution if I rinse it really well? Although the feeders are in their run, we do get birds flying in through the pop holes, as ours are free rangers. We do get a lot of pheasant in the copse next to the runs. Probably the likely culprits.
  23. Well the beetroot i planted at the end of March is finally up 🙄pity really as I have around 50 cells at home all planted with beetroot and are all doing well. Finally seen the parsnip seedlings!! It’s a constant battle with the watering at the moment. There are 2 water troughs at the allotment, connected to the mains, but a bit of a walk for me. I use 25 litre bottles to fill up from the troughs and carry them to my 3 water butts, but it’s hard going.... i covered one raised bed with cardboard and then compost. It needs much less watering than the other beds. Will be doing them all that way this year. Following Charles Dowding‘s advice and loving his YouTube videos. I’ve also learnt to cell plant lots of seeds every few weeks to fill gaps...something im hopeless at, but seeing as I’m forloughed and probably being made redundant in June, I have the time 😀 squashes are loving the warmth and doing well too! My peony is stunning!!
  24. Make sure that you disinfect all the feeders and drinkers with Viratec-P each week, and keep the flock well and stress-free. Stress pays a huge part in their immune health.
  25. Good vet decision I think as the cankers will be far more advanced than can be seen and reach a point of no recovery. These cankers are caused by a parasite which is passed on via feeders and drinkers. A hen can carry it and a healthy immune system will keep it in check. It's likely all your hens are carrying it now ChickenNutter, so be prepared for it in the future. If you are going to add hens they will need to be kept as a separate flock. We had this with a flock of Buff Orpingtons and they all went the same way but as the flock was kept completely isolated from the others it is no longer a problem for us.
  26. Are you trying to add a single hen to a single hen? It’s a bit late now, but I would suggest you have 3 hens as your main flock. So if one dies, you can add two more. This way you will never have a lone hen and will never have to add a lone hen.
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