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  1. I have just spectacularly failed to put up my gangs net roof. This ridiculous wind makes it impossible. Try again tomorrow.
  2. What they’re reporting here is that it MIGHT spread faster and it vaccines (and treatments) MIGHT be less effective against it. But they’re saying that SA and surrounding countries have pretty low vaccination rates so we don’t actually know yet. I agree though - let’s hope we keep it out this time - we haven’t managed it yet though!
  3. Monique the maran squatted when I stroked her today 😁🥚
  4. Usually until spring. It was the 1st April this year 😔
  5. I have seen the Coca Cola ‘Holidays are Coming’ advert which always makes me feel Christmassy even though I refuse to do anything Christmassy (except make my swap obviously) until December. I wouldn’t say I like any actual Christmas films, but I love watching Harry Potter at Christmas.
  6. I’ve just this week eaten the last tomatoes that will still growing (in fact still flowering) in my little lean-to greenhouse. I’ve still got some sweet peppers that I’m going to have to pick even thought they’re still green. I’ve got leeks and parsnips to harvest through the winter, unfortunately no brassicas this year as the caterpillars ate them all. I’ve planted some red onion sets to overwinter for the first time.
  7. They can have an outdoor area as long as it’s netted. I’ve bought a 20m by 12m piece of bird mesh so that’s what I’m doing this time. This is copied directly from the DEFRA website Poultry keepers must now do the following: house or net all poultry and captive birds to keep them separate from wild birds cleanse and disinfect clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing reduce the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and use effective vermin control thoroughly cleanse and disinfect housing on a continuous basis keep fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all farm and poultry housing entry and exit points minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds
  8. Flockdown in the UK starts on Monday (29th).
  9. I don’t dispute any of what’s said above. However, I read a letter from a hospital intensive care doctor (published by the Guardian) who said that except for people with severe underlying conditions or the very elderly, all the people in intensive care with Covid were unvaccinated. So it does sound like even if the vaccines aren’t stopping infections as well as we would like, they are significantly reducing very severe illness in most cases.
  10. To be fair Mama Coop full price Omlet coops are out of a lot of people’s price range!
  11. If you’re right someone might be paying a lot of import duty 😳
  12. I think you mean just to make it taller? No I haven’t but I was looking at the ‘configurator’ on the Omlet website (because I also have a lo-rise) and was surprised that to buy the bits to make it into a full height WIR would be less expensive than I was expecting. I don’t think I’m going to do it because I’m not sure I want something that tall where it is in my garden, but if you do I’d be interested to know how you get on.
  13. If you really want a WIR and it won’t work with your Cube, how about getting a WIR and a Classic and then putting the classic up on a table or something. If you’re never going to want more than 3 hens it kind of is wasting space on unnecessary housing that could be better used as run. If your Cube is in good condition you could probably sell it for almost enough money to buy a new Classic. For the first couple of years of chicken keeping I had a Go, and it was fine, but if I ever have to use it for any of my gang now (I now have a third hand mark 1 Cube) they really aren’t keen because they don’t want to sleep at ground level.

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