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  1. Lydia

    First time guinea pig owner

    I can only speak as someone who has looked after other people’s piggies but they all used my Eglu classic. It was ok for them for the holiday period I had them (about 4 weeks) and it might have been ok over the warmer months, but I would think it was not spacious enough long term. I’ve over ever looked after them in the summer when they can come out and into the run and if they were confined to the eglu bit 24/7, I think it would cramped for them and very smelly for you to clean. I found it to be a lot of work, more than chickens. Piggies wee for England and I found I had to clean (as in muck out and change the bedding completely, not hose down) the eglu twice a day to keep on top of the smell and poo. They saturated the aubiose and the newspaper underneath each time. My sister, who’s piggies they are, keeps them in a large 2 tier wooden house in her shed. This means they have a night area and a day area, which cuts down on the cleaning! In the warmer months they also have a separate outdoor run, although she brings them in each night. In the colder months they are permanently in the shed run and she takes steps to provide more insulation in the winter and she’s made sure they have as much light in there as possible. I think she might have brought them inside a few times when it was snowing and got really into the minuses but mostly they are kept out there. i also babysat a friend’s house piggie for a month. She was a good friend so I put up with it, but boy did he stink! Cleaning more than twice a day and air freshener required! Given the choice I would keep them outside. You did need more than one (friend’s piggie lived on his own and I personally think he could have done with a friend - he certainly enjoyed the company of my hamster next door to his cage). Sister keeps 4, although numbers vary. Good luck with it!
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    Best place to buy wool online?

    Another vote for loveknitting.com. I make a lot of socks and they have some super yarn for those. They are also good to get needles and such that aren’t available elsewhere - I wouldn’t be without my 30cm circular which I’ve never seen elsewhere,
  3. We were clearing out the shed yesterday and found 3 x Red Top fly traps which we no longer need. Anyone want them? They've probably been in the shed for a couple of years but are brand new and still sealed in their original packaging. They can go for free and I'm happy to post if you DM an address. Apologies if this is in the wrong section. I thought there used to be a 'free to a good home' section but i couldn't find it.
  4. We are selling our blue MK1 Cube and it’s just been listed on eBay here. We are are also selling spare dropping trays and roosting bars for the Mk1 cube. These are also on eBay.
  5. Lydia

    Ancestry DNA

    I had mine done earlier this year and the results were nothing like I expected at all. A cousin of my mother’s had had hers done, too, and her results were quite different, which helped narrow down which strand came from which side of my family. It threw up a lot of 1st-4th cousin matches and I am now in touch with distant family members from far flung areas of the world. Interestingly they are all from my mother’s side but it does depend on who has also done the test. You have to do quite a bit detective work to identify where the familial link is as you get a list of surnames that people have in their trees so if the surnames in your family are common ones, it’s a bit needle in haystack trying to identify whether it’s your family strand or just coincidence, if you see what I mean. Like you I was keen to trace more about my paternal side, however, my dad was the product of a brief wartime affair with a man married to someone else, and this man is not named on his birth certificate. We know who he was but not much else, and none of his family knew, or know about my father. As my father carried his maternal surname and then later his stepfather’s (although there was no formal adoption), and both surnames are very common ones, the people who may be from that side of the family do not see the link at all, so I have to tread carefully as family members involved could still be alive. It was a hugely interesting exercise to see what’s out there and I am pleased I did it. When work calms down a bit next month I will return to the results and do lots more drilling down.
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    tadpoles

    It's reasonably common to still find tadpoles later in the year. This link from Froglife has more details (see first FAQ on this page): http://www.froglife.org/info-advice/frequently-asked-questions/spawn-tadpoles-behaviour/
  7. I will possibly be in background shots but I was happy to let the more photogenic members of the team take centre stage Gavclojak, it's possible you've met my husband, then! He's done the Essex collection a few times.
  8. Today the Berkshire BHWT rehoming team was filmed. It was for a programme called Vet On The Hill, which is shown on Channel 4. The programme follows the exploits of Dr Scott Miller and his vet practice team. It's likely to air in the autumn, I'm told. It was quite fun, all in all, although tricky at times balancing the needs of the film crew to get their shots with the needs of the hens and the rehomers, and ensuring that the day ran smoothly. I hope it comes across well for the BHWT and shows the great work they do, as well as the hard work that my volunteer team put in every time. Dr Scott and nurse Ali, the two presenters, also rehomed 10 hens between them and I hope their hens, and the other 146 hens that were rehomed with us today, enjoy a happy retirement. We're a small team in Berks but have rehomed 639 hens since the end of April, raising nearly £3500 in much needed funds for BHWT. I'm really proud of the team and look forward to the programme when it airs.
  9. We lost one of our elderly cats back in October. After some months as a two cat household, we decided to adopt another one. We adopted lovely Dexter in 2014 and he fitted in really well with our 2 ladies, so we went back to the local shelter. Jelly joined us about 4 weeks ago. She was rescued from a house where there were too many cats, all of them unneutered. Food was put out for them but she has never known human interaction and is semi-feral. It's likely she's had a litter or two. I dug out the diffusers for Feliway and Pet Remedy from when we got Dexter and bought new stuff for them. OMG! What have they done to Pet Remedy?! It stinks! It's like a mixture of unwashed feet and that smell that gerbils have when they need cleaning out. I got it from two different places so I don't think it's just a dodgy batch. The Feliway smells much the same as I remember but I found that Pet Remedy worked better in the past. However, I can't put up with the smell. I unplugged them for a week or so but found the cats got a bit aggro so have reluctantly plugged them back in. If you are thinking of buying any, unless you have a poor sense of smell, my advice would be to stick to Feliway!
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    Moving Mum in Law into new flat ........Aaaaagh!

    A couple I used to babysit for, who were also incredibly straight laced, had 13 copies of The Joy of ..., which they kept on their dining room bookshelf. The copies were dotted about, too, not kept together. To this day I still wonder why....on both points
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    Vegetarian recipe suggestions please

    We had this for dinner last night and it was marvellous. Highly recommended! http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/burnt-aubergine-veggie-chilli
  12. Don't be so sure - many of the colony farms we rescue from for BHWT are housed in large industrial units in an industrial estate right in the middle of towns. Not a green field in sight!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Just found out a friend has passed away. I only met her once but we chatted online, first via an online music forum then through Facebook for the last 10 or so years. I don't know the full details but I fear she may taken her own life. Either way I am shocked and I will miss her hugely. It's an odd feeling being a friend but not being a friend, just someone online, if you see what I mean.
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    Important Government Notice

    We use Virkin for all the BHWT rehoming to disinfect the crates. BHWT have had to postponed all rehomings for the next 30 days, too, which means ours is not happening this weekend. It will hit them hard with lack of donations. Better to be safe than sorry, though
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    Problems? Or just early days?

    It sounds as though that's normal pecking order behaviour. It can look quite brutal but, as long as no blood has been drawn, it's best just to let them sort it out. Make sure they have have more than one feeding and drinking station so the hens on the receiving end of the pecking can get some food and water - just a sturdy bowl will do as a temporary measure. It may be that they don''t recognise layers pellets as food and depends on what they've been used to. If they've been fed on the loose mash before you could try grinding up some pellets in a food processor or pestle and mortar and offering that, then you can gradually introduce the whole pellets back in. Don't worry too much, though, as they are usually savvy enough to work it out in the end

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