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About Daphne

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

    I have just been sitting outside on our path, tying in tomatoes, minding my own business, when I saw a snake about a foot away, well camoflagued. Its still there, I tiptoed around it, slightly warily, doing my own thing as well.
  2. Ditto what Lewis says, I don't think I could have done that with mine and the egg port door should certainly fit flush with the outside of the eglu. Both doors should give you confidence that even a wily fox can't get in and yours obviously doesn't.
  3. **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    That is rotten, PL. In our old city house at one time we had a prostitute on one side (gentleman callers in large cars) and a stripper on the other (respectable bank employee by day, stripper by night....unknown to his wife......). He used to practice his routines, outside, and invited me round for a full demonstration. Needless to say I didn't go!! It was a reasonably normal street, to look at, honest! But your situation sounds a bit more precarious, you can't be too careful, especially if people have mental health issues. I once lived downstairs from a man and his wife. He came down late one night, telling me all about how he couldn't stand it anymore and might do something he would regret. I remember endlessly talking and shortly afterwards they moved out. Looking back on it, I was young and naive, and hadn't a clue really, but I was very lucky, he was quite unstable. I didn't know storks had more than one baby, for some reason I thought they raised singletons. There aren't any round here, but there are hundreds of them about an hour north. We drove past yesterday and I saw a stork tower block. They had nested at all stages of an electricity pylon
  4. Which poultry mags do you read?

    I have no real preference, but digital is super quick, especially as I am in Portugal. I used to keep the FF hard copy as I could often remember where to find detailed articles of particular interest (normally to do with breeding).
  5. Which poultry mags do you read?

    Well I used to read Practical Poultry and Fancy Fowl, but not regularly, the local hybrid supplier used to sell any spare copies of the previous years worth off in January, cheaply! I found Practical Poultry very good when I was starting out, particularly for health tips and comparisons of coops/feeds etc. But then they just seemed to repeat the articles and add more photos and it was all too light and fluffy for me. FF is much more serious, and I would follow it for breed advice, contacts, good breeding practice and showing. I now read Aviculture (or something like that), a Dutch mag, in English, digital copy only which has articles on pigeons and show results mostly, with some serious stuff as well. I don't read other mags, but if I had more land and was starting out with some other livestock I probably would.
  6. What breed is he?

    Just stick to the pellets, reserve corn if you need to capture him or as a bit of a treat in the winter. How nice that you have a pair of orps. Just watch the hen, she may require a poultry saddle in time to protect her back.
  7. What breed is he?

    He is a buff orp, although with a slightly weird comb, the white legs indicate he isn't a dotte, though they are quite similar in many ways. He certainly does have chunky legs! Perhaps the leg scales do look a bit raised, but that could be that he is pressing forward, its hard to see. It may just be the photos or the weather, but his feathers don't look in tip top condition, the neck hackles look a bit thin and almost wet and the saddle/tail feathers look a bit ragged. It may just be that he needs a bit of tlc with good quality feed, or that he is getting on a bit. He shouldn't be staggering. That could indicate something physical in the foot/leg or possibly a heart issue (which is common given their size). Orps do have lovely temperaments, particularly the boys, I hope you enjoy him
  8. sending PMs

    That's great, thanks both, especially that graphic, very helpful indeed CT! I have succeeded in my mission and sent a PM.
  9. sending PMs

    Hi guys, could you tell me if its possible/how to, send PMs please? I expect its obvious, but I can't see how to do it, many thanks
  10. Herefordshire here we come!

    Now, that's my kind of view! Absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations Valkyrie!
  11. How many Large Breed Speckled Sussex / Orpington

    I used to keep 6 Large orps in a cube, including a cockeral. I wouldn't have any more. Also mine had free range access, so if you only have a run that is another serious consideration, although orps are better at being than many other breeds. In my experience Sussex are more active and need more space outside. I used to keep them as well, but not in a cube, but if I did then I would probably have 8 as an absolute max.
  12. The Weather Thread #9

    Its 17 here, tho it doesn't feel that warm
  13. New Layout & Forum Software

    I am sorry to hear that, but I totally understand your frustration which is close to my own feeling. I am not clear why it is thought we need a separate new section for cats, and another for dogs, but crafts and the self sufficiency bit, both long standing and both with a small but solid core of support, have been junked. Does it save time for Omlet? Money?
  14. So how is the season so far?

    I am not just posting because I have something to say about the garden We have had a warm and sunny week after a cold spell. It's horrendously dry, normally we hear the stream rushing past, but it's silent, and reservoirs are seriously low. Rain is forecast next week, fingers crossed. We are watering our new Autumn purchases (2 almonds, 2 oranges, a loquat and a persimmon) and the carrot and beetroot seeds which have just gone in, but the rest of it will have to fend for itself. I will plant toms later and probably peppers, but unless we have a deluge, that might be it, I am so worried about watering. My broad beans are coming on a treat, excellent germination rates, and most are now in flower. Next year I am going to try an Autumn sowing of peas and French beans as well, the idea being I can pick before the searing heAt comes. There is a lot of bee activity which is encouraging. I can see the bright pink of the first peach buds (ahead of the almond, probably because the peach is established). The open to the elements compost heap is doing better than the other one.. The inside is actually wet and composting, although slowly. However, given I am turbo charging beds with guano and various other goodies, I going to keep it till the Autumn. We are still using a branch off a bay tree, picked about 3 years ago, to provide our bay leaves it's still sweet and lovely in pork stews and the like.
  15. New Layout & Forum Software

    I have only just engaged with this properly, when I saw the locked sections I thought they were still being worked on. I strongly agree with the majority view, the forum has become a lot less user friendly by condensing so many sections. I also tend to click search new posts which is OK up to a point, but there are certain topics where you want to scroll back and add to it over a long period. For example, several of us are contributing over several years to a gardening thread, assuming this has merged into the Nesting Box, I dread to think how many posts are ahead of it. I am sure this is true of many other topics. Like Lewis has said, the chicken clinic is a key feature. It's a reference section as much as an emergency section. And as most people have said - if it ain't broke, why fix it? Added to which you have not bothered to ask us, the actual users, as opposed to the 'new users' you mention (although there seem to be very few of these) what we think/need. Logically I do not accept that limiting the number of topics, particularly unrelated subjects, makes a forum easier to use. Given Omlet have not engaged with one of the first rules of marketing, which is to know your customer, I am forced to conclude that actually we don't count for much. If you think of it, the forum only exists because of the goodness of Omlet, and perhaps it is no longer an effective route to market, so these are the first steps in rationalising it.