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  1. I think the Cube is made from polypropylene Neil, which is a difficult plastic to deal with. It's rather soft and flexible which means abrasive powders can get embedded in it and be difficult to remove. It is also a plastic that can't be simply glued or painted and requires high-tech solutions for both the aforementioned. As AJM200 says, Cif and a scrubbing brush is going to be the best result you can get. How did you get on with your brackets?
  2. It has occurred to me that the design of the Omlet bracket may contain completely unnecessary elements and perhaps it could simply be a triangular piece of metal with 4 holes?
  3. I wouldn't want you to break your cube Neil, so I have to point out that the bottom bracket is doing nothing and the side bracket is holding the parts together with one self-tapping screw. The essential element is the missing diagonal, so you will need to try to copy the original part exactly, which is going to be quite complicated unfortunately. Have you any engineering companies nearby?
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    The mystery of the missing eggs

    Surprisingly it isn't the presence of an egg that sends hens to the nest box, but the release of a yolk from the ovary to drop into the oviduct. The timing of the egg production process means that an egg is usually ready to be laid. Sometimes the yolk misses the oviduct and passes into the abdomen where it is harmlessly absorbed, which means that at the next release of a yolk there will be no egg to lay. It is perfectly normal for this to happen on occasions; up to 13% was the figure I read. However if too many yolks miss the oviduct they can't be absorbed and build up, which is a condition called egg peritonitis. You can also get whole eggs slip through a tear in the oviduct and lodge in the abdomen, but that's rare. It's going to be a case of wait and see Debby. If her abdomen starts to swell there is a problem developing, but in my experience these things can just resolve themselves. We have Marans and ours have been prone to egg problems in their second year, at which point they have simply keeled over with no signs of illness whatsoever. I think in our case it was bad breeding as the two new ones from a completely separate source are in their second year and laying very well.
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    Foot operated feeders

    Pieces of foam rubber under the lid reduces the closure noise dramatically. We have the large version, but the leaflet inside says there is a smaller version for bantams. I think a large rat would open that but was reminded by the leaflet that it certainly would keep out sparrows. At our last place we had dozens of them raiding the feeders, but as we were moving didn't get these feeders out of storage. When we arrived here there were and still are no sparrows; our feed consumption dropped by a third. We did set up a Trigger Feeder in the coop most affected. Took a fair bit of building and a long time to train the chickens, but they now all take great delight in bashing the trigger and cleaning up what falls on the rubber mat underneath.
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    Foot operated feeders

    We have a couple of Grandpas feeders which haven't yet been used. I've fetched one out today to check it over because we intend to use one for a group of hens we will buy just for egg laying. They will be well away from the house and in an isolated area which may attract rats? The step on one has been rebalanced to reduce the opening weight, however that may be a mistake, because two or three rats on the step might now open it? They are noisy when the lid closes, but a little foam strip under the lid should perhaps quieten it. Time to experiment.
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    Has Anyone Been to La Rochelle?

    Been to La Rochelle once, on the way from Brittany down to Lot. Has a very pretty harbour and a nice walk, but perhaps that's it. Met a French chap a few years back from La Rochelle and he was on holiday down here; better weather perhaps? My preference is the small airports, my favourite being Bristol. East Midlands is OK as well, but Stanstead is horrible.
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    Notre Dame

    Apparently the target is to finish restoration by 2024. In the meantime they are covering the building to make it watertight and have put out a request to two million woodland owners for suitable oaks. Seems the difficulty is getting trees that are tall and straight enough, which certainly rules out our oaks. They have identified the skill shortage and intend to train the necessary workforce 'on-the-job'. Windsor castle was mentioned here as an example of what can be achieved, but from the film I saw it looked like the roof timbers there were replaced with softwood?
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    France stuff + questions

    There are regional differences, but down here hello is 'bonjour' at any time. Goodbye on the other hand is time and day related, so 'bonne soirée, bonne jounée or bon weekend. Seems the 'ée' is added in the singular, so 'cette année' is this year, but 10 ans is an age in years. Can't understand it all myself, but one thing I have learned is literal translation doesn't work. A pothole in the road is a 'nid de poule' or 'chicken's nest' as an example.
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    Notre Dame

    Apparently the roof timbers weighed between 3 and 10 tons each and, looking at the aerial photographs, there were hundreds of them, or perhaps thousands. It is incredible that such a huge and complex structure, with all that weight, was built 850 years ago. Unfortunately finding oak beams in France now could be difficult, as a large part (in this region all) of the ancient oak woodland has been 'thinned out' for fuel. However I am sure there must be oak woodland remaining somewhere in Europe. We have two very large and beautiful oaks on our property; one of the reasons we bought it. Hopefully no-one will turn up to cut them down!
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    Notre Dame

    It's the only news item covered here this morning and is a National disaster. The Government has pledged 200M€ for the restoration, but looking at what's left it will be a very long job. I think the biggest problem will be finding enough craftsmen to do the work and they may be forced to rebuild the roof with modern materials.
  12. We converted a shed which subsequently became full of red mite. Because it was such a large surface area it was impossible to treat thoroughly and subsequently was abandoned. Plastic coop is the way to go.
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    To worm or not to worm?

    ACV used continuously has no effect on worms whatsoever Nugget. What has a dubious effect is changing the water and so gut acidity randomly by adding a maximum of 1% ACV, but just for a few days every month. Personally we don't use it as we could see no tangible benefit and it isn't cheap. We've never wormed chicks. Usually wait until they are coming into lay, so around 20 weeks.
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    Dog insurance v savings account

    There are two parts to dog insurance. Firstly, third party liability and secondly, medical treatment for sickness. We haven't got the second, but the first is automatic here as part of your home insurance. Perhaps it's worth exploring that third party liability aspect with your home insurers DM and then stick with your savings plan for the second?
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    Hen or Cockerel ?

    Far too early to tell for sure, but I seem to remember the female's wings develop earlier than the males and the tail feathers of the males develop earlier than the females? The comb development of the males is greater than the females obviously, but early on that's not always a reliable indicator. Neither is who is fighting who.