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  1. Patricia W

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

    So envious! Enjoy your cuddles xx
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    Cat tree

    Bantams always like to roost high in my experience. Not sure they’d use anything you made or bought though. They are choosy creatures!
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    Notifications, or lack thereof

    I’m with your Mum, Soapdragon. Obviously a kink in the pipe!
  4. Patricia W

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

    Interesting that they’re free ranging in a park. I’d love to see that.
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    Take one whole free range chicken

    Shame. Not just useful for culinary purposes, but for chicken welfare.
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    Take one whole free range chicken

    There was someone who did Dispatching and Prep courses. I wonder if they are still on offer?
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    Take one whole free range chicken

    We had someone here who used to ‘grow’ her own chickens. She lived near somewhere that produced day old chicks. Used to rear them and dispatch at 16 weeks. Can’t remember her name. Lived in Chelmsford and I bought a red eglu from her. I remember seeing these chickens grown for meat and thinking they didn’t have much of a life. Not because of how they were kept but because all they wanted to do was eat. They sat beside the food all day and grew at an horrendously fast rate.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Very breezy, a bit of drizzle but could be worse. Expecting more wind tomorrow
  9. I’m with DM. Aubiose is the way to go. Apart from everything else, it composts beautifully
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    Pecking block

    That’s the one! Might have a go
  11. Patricia W

    Chickens strike back

    There were 3,000 of them!
  12. Patricia W

    The Weather Thread #9

    Just a bit breezy in South Oxfordshire. Sunny but a bite in the wind.
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    Easter swap 2019

    Getting there....
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    Pecking block

    I have a vague memory that there was a recipe for one on the old forum. I’m not sure that one had suet in. Maybe someone clever could have a look?
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    hybrid hens lifespan?

    The oldest hybrid I’ve had was about 5. She was a rescue so typically 18 months old. We had her for about 3 and a half years. Conversely, the pure breeds we have live to over 10 years.
  16. Patricia W

    Castle Sundays in Slovakia

    Lovely photos! Yes, someone adopt him. He’s lovely.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    They sometimes hide in my garden. There’s a shoot nearby. I seem to remember someone had an amorous male pheasant pursuing their chickens one year!
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    Wanted - Chicken Swing

    I was bought one as a present about 3 years ago. Not a single hen uses it. I’d make one if I were you as ajm suggests.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    I had a chair just like that 45 years ago. Bought it when we were in Canada, no family around and a brand new baby. I loved that chair, but had to leave it behind when we left. There’s something very comforting about a rocking chair. Get better soon. Hugs to you.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Well! DD has just phoned. She’s driven back to Thame from Aylesbury area over the Chilterns in a snowstorm! Down here by the Thames, we just have driving rain.
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    Earache relief

    Keep going, ajm We’re all rooting for you! Xx
  22. Is she white? White hens seem to be more flighty. My Madonna is white. No end of wing clipping worked with her so I’m afraid she’s now confined!
  23. They have the metre cube run attached to a 2m x2m WIR. There are only 3 of them. I have another 3 old age pensioner Polish Bantams who live in a cube with a 2 metre run, but have a fenced off area of the garden as well. They don’t fly!
  24. My bantams don’t free range anymore as they fly over the 6 ft fences! I got tired of tramping through neighbours gardens. But they get treats etc so seem happy. Yes, there are some advantages of the Omlet WIR over a standard one. It is more moveable, although we’ve put slabs all the way round for these pesky rats. But it annoys me that Omlet haven’t changed the spec to a smalle mesh.
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    Central Amsterdam

    Your view of Amsterdam is a bit like mine of London! Having commuted and worked there for many years, I now only venture in sporadically for the cultural life. Sorry patsylabrador...... and other Londoners... I’ve become a country bumpkin, although I absolutely love Oxford with the Ashmolean, etc etc And Oxford is only 15 mins for me on the bus!