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  1. We were given our first cockerel about 18 months ago when a neighbour hatched too many boys. Positives - he has a lovely temperament, he's good fun too watch when he makes sure his ladies eat before he does. Negatives - in the summer he can start crowing at 4.00 in the morning, he has 11 hybrid ladies to himself but he definitely has his favourites and 2 in particular refuse to come out of their house because he pesters them so much. Because of this I'm not sure I'd get another as I feel quite guilty that they had peace and quiet before he arrived! I'm sure others will have had different experiences to us though.
  2. They are the funniest animals and so easy to look after. We got 4 this time last year for our couple of acres.
  3. If you google Crown or Twin Tec block softeners, they regenerate as and when needed and the water supply is never interrupted. We've had both and would recommend either.
  4. We had a block water softener in our previous house and also have one in our current house. In our previous house we ordered it online and had our plumber install it, worked out cheaper than having a company supply and install. It went under the kitchen sink (where the stop cock was) so we had softened water in the whole house apart from the kitchen cold tap. Wouldn't be without a softener, we live in Kent so a hard water area. 18 months on in our new house we have no limescale.
  5. Never had a problem with our independent high street estate agents but solicitors when moving is a different matter! The best was when our buyers solicitor exchanged using 2 different completion dates. Now that was interesting!
  6. I have always used a high street agent, normally an independent one rather than a chain. My concern would be if you pay the agent whether you sell or not, where is their incentive? In saying that our local branch of a well known estate agency chain closed down and the manager now works for Purple Bricks so he would have a very good knowledge of my particular area. We're on the market now so would be interested to hear others views.
  7. Waiting patiently for the next instalment. (sorry I won't join in as I have absolutely no imagination!)
  8. We have Green Thumb treat our lawn quarterly. They said 2 weeks for all treatments for grazing animals which they classed chickens as.
  9. I just went along with a friend who has been ringing for 3 years. There were 6 ringers, but 3 (all part of the same family) moved away, so now the church is short on ringers. I started along with another girl from the village so we have been learning together. We meet on a Monday evening for about an hour. I have been ringing on my own with someone stood in front of me for when I get in a pickle. I'm sure those bells have a mind of their own! The last couple of weeks though I have been trying to follow my friend. She starts and I follow with not much success. I still can't work out how to slow down or speed up. Haven't heard of the smart ringer system. I will look it up. I think it's a bit like learning to drive. One week you think you're doing really well, the next week it's as if you've never done it.
  10. We're told 48 hours after last 'episode' at my boys primary school.
  11. Sorry, re read my first post. 6 bells, 6 ringers. But only ringing with one other person at the moment.
  12. No, church bells. There are 6 in the church tower. I can now ring the bell on my own, but have just started trying to follow the first bell, let alone be in time with the other 5. Goodness knows how long it will take me to be able to ring at weddings etc! Can't even get the bell to stand! It's quite funny when my friend has stopped her bell and I'm still going.
  13. I started this summer. Am finding it difficult to follow my fellow bell ringer! Only up to 2 bells at the moment!
  14. How about IGCSE's which I understand is based on coursework rather than a final exam? I think home schooled children can take these. I may be mistaken though.
  15. We use a citronella spray collar on our dogue de Bordeaux. When he was about 18 months old he decided it was a good idea to wake us up every morning by barking at about 5.00. The spaniel would then join in howling. This went on until we got up. We tried getting up letting him out, feeding earlier etc but what ever we did he started barking again until we were up for the day. After months of early starts and desperation we bought the petsafe citronella collar. We put it on him when we went to bed and took if off as soon as we got up. It started working immediately. He hardly ever wears it now. I might put it on him if I remember. It got him out of the habit. I think also just putting the collar on but not switching it on after a while, fools them into thinking it would go off. Best money spent, it saved us all from being permanently tired!
  16. We have 2 cockatiels which I think are both boys, we have never seen them mating. These are the first cockatiels we have had so I am far from an expert. Apart from not giving them anywhere to nest, could you take any eggs away immediately if they are laid? I may be completely wrong though.
  17. We had oil at our last house as there was no mains gas in the whole village. We had an 'oil watchman' which was on the tank with a remote small monitor which was plugged into an electrical socket in the house. It counted down as the oil was used so, as long as we kept an eye on that, we would not run out. We also belonged to a syndicate which covered 3 villages. Every quarter we received an email from the organiser who then collated the total amount the 3 villages needed and then shopped around for the best bulk deal. Oil was delivered to individual tanks and invoice put through the door so you did not need to be at home when oil was delivered. Oil is like petrol, prices go up and down. We have a cess pit now which we empty once a year (family of 4) at the cost of £126.
  18. I don't have a lot of experience of ducks but I had a pair of black east indian ducks. They were fine as a pair but my male wasn't particularly amorous. If yours turns out to be more so he might wear out the female. My female was recently taken by a fox so I now have a female call duck to keep him company so we will see how he is with her. If necessary would you have space for more female ducks? I think the breeder should offer to exchange or refund if you bought them sexed.
  19. We had rats getting through the bars of the run of the eglu classic. I had to put wire mesh over it, they them tunnelled underneath so had to slab under the run. That seems to have stopped them, fingers crossed.
  20. Hi, I have 2 east indian ducks in an eglu classic with 2 metre run. I have taken the roosting bars out and filled it with straw. I put a seed tray in with water for them to wash in and they come out to free range with the chickens a few times a week. They seem safe and happy in there. I personally wouldn't put any bigger size duck in there.
  21. I've a pair of black east indian ducks. The girl can be quite noisy.
  22. My chickens and ducks free range together. The ducks terrorise the chickens given the chance, they're a pair of black east indian ducks. But maybe that's unusual.
  23. We've been with plus net for years, we have had a problem twice and both times have spoken to uk call centres and an engineer has been out to fix problem within a day or 2. I would recommend them.
  24. Well done. I also work for the company and our branch only offers temporary contracts. A lot of partners are made permanent once their temporary contract ends. We tend to be cross trained so we can work on a number of sections.

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