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Everything posted by Stevie

  1. Unfortunately,chooks die for no good reason and very sudden too.Very little can be done about it.
  2. After spending obscene amounts of money on Frontline etc over the years i stopped pre-treating my dogs and instead will solve the problem if it comes up. To date,my Boxer got fleas couple years back (curiously the Mastiff didnt though) and i solved this my bathing them (i did both anyway) with standard medicated Vosene shampoo from Tesco.If you dont believe me with how effective this is try sniffing it and compare it to Bob Martins dog shampoo-both are the same.
  3. A very dark little fact. Ever wondered where the pop group Spandau Ballet got their name from? There was a prison called Spandau in Berlin and after WW2 when Nazi prisoners were hanged,the twitching of their legs was called 'the spandau ballet'.
  4. Its inflation im afraid.Materials like the plastic to make it would have gone up,annual payrises for staff plus electricity and council tax rises all force companies to put up their prices. Yes the price hike might sound a lot,but £130 in 10 years isnt so bad when you think you're getting something really quite funky and unique in looks.
  5. When i was a silly 16 year old,i cut my thumb on a corned beef tin....quite severely.However,because i've always had a dislike for doctors etc i decided in my infinite wisdom to repair it myself using a bandage and electrical tape.To say it looked like a crude puppet from a 1970's tv show is an understatement,but it kinda held the blood in for a while. My parents came home from shopping to a bloodbath in their newly fitted kitchen and eventually managed to track me down at a friends house to where i was then whisked to A&E and stitched up.That was 27 years ago and i still chuckle with how dumb i was when i look at the scar!
  6. The Speckledy are a great bird-albeit quite heavy,but are a good layer and not nervous. Bluebelles,although pretty dont tame easily if at all.
  7. Although i've never resorted to pee'ing in the garden-i have two large male dogs who do and foxes dont seem fazed.I just dont believe the pee theory.
  8. You're obviously hurting very badly inside so my advice is simply ask your brother what his problem is,but make sure its to his face and not via FB or other social network sites so you can judge his reaction.Its not fair that you're being excluded from your fathers life even if your brother dont want you in his,but do take heart that the problem is his and not yours. If he is jealous of your family then he really should grow up and atleast achknowledge the failings in his own life before he alienates the whole family.
  9. Thats a sentence i wouldnt ever have thought i'd hear! I agree about the intresting jobs people have.
  10. I do outdoor advertising.I put up the big posters in bus shelters,shopping centres etc and also do the (huge) billboards too.
  11. Yeah,went back to work today.Got up at 5.00am,left home at 6.00am,had enough by 11.30am so came home! I promise to do a bit more tommorrow.
  12. I've used Citricidal with great success on chooks with snotty noses.A few drops in their glug daily has cured my crew of colds.
  13. Is she by chance a White Leghorn? If so they're a nervy breed so is normal behaviour! Im not kidding by the way-i have two.
  14. Sad fact of life is that sometimes chickens die for no good reason.They seem to go downhill everso quickly so unless you're with them 24/7 it will go un-noticed.Best thing is to keep an eye on your remaining hens for any sign of illness.
  15. Not quite true im afraid.Snares are perfectly legal to use on foxes and are an effective means of capture.They're not designed to kill the animal,but to simply entrap it then you dispatch it with a gun.I've snared dozens of foxes over the years on farms where they rear gamebirds and the only legal requirement is that they must be checked regulary.I've also used walk in traps baited with dog food which again are perfectly legal and like snares must be checked regulary. Fox control is an ongoing excercise though.When you remove a vixen for example from an area-another will eventually move in to take the space and this is why i say its ongoing. I myself am troubled by foxes (lost a number of hens) and have done everything humanly possible to prevent them getting into my garden,but earlier i noticed a piece of trellis has been dislodged from my tall fence again plus other tell tail signs which means they're still getting in despite me owning a large Bullmastiff which scent marks regulary.So now i am going to have to start trapping them in my own garden.
  16. Im averaging 3 eggs from 5 hens per day which isnt bad!
  17. I work outdoors and best thing i find is E45 cream. Not the cheapest i know,but is the best.
  18. I bought a new laptop last week-a Hewlett Packard G56-105SA and it seems fine to me.My only critisms at moment are it comes with Windoze 7 which im not used to as i previously had XP and my fingers keep hitting wrong keys due to slightly different layout. Previously i used an Acer laptop and until last week when it crashed-that gave me 5 trouble free years.
  19. A lot of fox activity at moment with the cold snap and food being scarce.Rabbits are staying underground in their burrows where its warmer so they're off menu and near me foxes have taken to digging under a tree where the soil isnt frozen for earth worms.Plus last week there was one 20yds from my house which would be the one which has killed my hens in the past. I have every respect for their ability to adapt,but i still dont like them.
  20. Chickens can comfortably live outdoors in all weathers because they are very close to wild birds and no one offers help to Sparrows which are a heck load smaller! If you have an Eglu they'll be doubly fine as its insulated anyway.
  21. If you ever decided to keep the chooks in another part of the garden-you will have the additional job of mowing your grass more frequently than normal.Dont get me wrong,i enjoy gardening and actually dont mind cutting the grass,but i wouldnt go out of my way to get Canada green again.Its also quite expensive when you work out the weight you get.If you can put up with the points i've listed above-then give it a go. Now the soil is warming up it wont take long to germinate,but just keep it watered.Rake the soil into a fine crumbly texture,sprinkle seed,rake again to mix it up and water.
  22. Plastic!!! For me,the original Eglu is still my favourite coop and looks best in orange!
  23. lol! When i still lived at home years back,i reseeded my mums lawn with that 'Canada green' grass seed.It did everything it says on box (germinates in 7 days,grows under trees and grows quick) and unfortunately-it didnt stop growing! I still think i should have thrown the Flymo away and bought a herd of sheep cos they would have been better suited with this rapid growing grass!!! I dont recomend it to be honest cos its high maintenance. Basically-any type of budget grass seed from DIY shops/Wilkos/Tescos etc will contain a lot of perenial rye grass which is the hard wearing stuff.
  24. What grit have you tried? I buy it from local feed merchant in a 2kg bag for £1.30 and is the smaller sized stuff with crushed oyster shell.They always have a munch on it before going to roost.

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