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  1. Thank you - obviously being unbelievably stupid! Now found the extension and ordered one.
  2. Ok, so I've got a walk in run attached to a 3m cube/run for my 1 hybrid, one orpington and 1 bantam. About to add 2 more bantams and a welsummer to the mix (they've been in a classic with 2m run next to the cube, free-ranging all together during the day, all going well). I'm wanting to add another metre to the walk in run, but the website does not make it clear how to buy just another 1m section... help please, or am I just being thick!
  3. Good call. I'll try and get some pol this weekend - anyone near witney got a couple in different colours (ours is black with brown bits!)?
  4. Looking for a classic or go, with run preferably, but without would be ok too Thanks in advance Oxfordshire
  5. Looking to source 4 day old chicks to rear as we recently lost 2 of our chickens leaving one lonely old lady. Not worried about breed (although different colours would be good), just need something that will lay us some eggs! Any ideas? Oxfordshire
  6. My ES had to do both the UKCAT and BMAT last year when applying for medicine - agree that there's very little revision that can be done for them, but there are books and online past papers that your daughter can look at and practice. The general vibe is that the more you practice the papers, the better you'll do as you'll get the hang of how the tests work. Remind your daughter too that you don't have to do brilliantly in all parts of the tests - my ES did dreadfully in one part of the BMAT (the writing part!) but still got the offers he wanted. As far as the numbers of A*s needed at GCSE is concerned, it's very easy to get scared off by percentages - my ES nearly didn't apply to his first choice uni (where he got in) because their average number of A*s at GCSE was something like 75%, and he only got 51% A*s, but we said that it was only an average, and if he didn't apply he'd definitely not get in, so he applied and all was well. Agree with previous poster also that work experience is essential - the more shadowing you can do in a variety of places the better. My ES shadowed an anaesthetist for a week, a gastroenterologist for a few days, and a neurologist for a few days, and also did work experience in 3 different research labs - I think that these experiences held him in really good stead during the interview process as he could refer to real life experiences, as well as showing that he was keen! Interviews are obviously important too - they need to have a good background knowledge of current affairs and a good working knowledge of biology (even though not all unis need you to take biology for medicine). Also there are a number of books that are well worth reading before the interviews, like The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and various others. My ES found he was asked about the what he'd read around the subject in 2 of his 3 interviews. My ES also decided when making his UCAS choices to apply for a variety of places depending on what their entry requirements were, hoping that he'd get a couple of offers of different grades so that if he didn't quite make his first choice, he'd still get in somewhere! Ended up getting an A*A*A offer, and an AAA offer - in fact made the grades and went to his first choice uni. Any further info you want, just ask... And good luck!
  7. Yes, my own fault for not thinking that this was a possibility, but I have now removed the omlet netting from my garden and put some trellis up instead for the chicken run... Came in to the garden this lunchtime having left all the animals well and healthy. Went to say hi to them all, to find the poor tortoise completely tangled in the netting. Round his legs and so tight around his neck that his head was swollen. Sure he's only alive as he's a tortoise and they can pretty much shut off all their systems to survive. And yes, the netting was tight and secured along the bottom to prevent things like this happening. Managed to untangle him with the aid of scissors and some careful untwisting and cutting. He went off and ate loads, and seems ok. Obviously I'll be keeping a close eye on him, and also am feeling terrible. But I'll not be using the netting again. Something for us all to be aware of...
  8. Ah, that's really interesting. I shall cut out all treats (bar the small amount of corn/mealworms in the evening to get them back in the run, and hopefully she'll be a mended chicken soon! Oh and they were flubenvet-ed beginning of march. Many thanks for your help.
  9. One of my lovely hens seems to be broken! I got her last August at 15 weeks, she started laying on Boxing Day, and has suddenly stopped. She laid a softie about 10 days ago, then a couple of proper eggs, then a softie and a very pale proper egg on the same day, next day nothing, next day softie, then last couple of days nothing. They are on Omlet layers crumb, ad lib grit, a cabbage a week hung from the roof run, a few leftovers daily (porridge, boiled egg, toast, fruit and veg, rice, pasta, whatever we happen to have that they like), and a small scoop of corn and mealworms every night to entice them back into the run after FR time. Any ideas of why she may have stopped laying? And what can I do to help her lay again? TIA

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