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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.
  14. It might be that they’re there because they prefer to see out but if it was blowing a hooly and driving rain (or snow) up that way it might be a different story. Great photo of them all peering at you!
  15. Just heard that they’ve lowered the age threshold so I can get a booster now. I’ll be there as soon as it’s time.
  16. Yep - I read it the same as you @Columbianand as you say @Eggshell DEFRA have made it explicit with that statement. No requirement to house birds or to have their outdoor area (except for any ponds) netted / covered. I will be surprised if that doesn’t come soon though with the number of cases cropping up.
  17. I think you can actually get roses with very few thorns!! Bulbs might work although my chickens ate all my alliums when they popped above the ground two years ago 🙄
  18. @Columbian I would be interested to read studies showing that wearing face coverings has no effect on virus transmission, and also that wearing face coverings has impaired child development. Please would you post the links? Also please be aware that I don’t think anyone on this forum has (or would) criticise anyone for not wearing a face covering when they are medically exempt. @Luvachicken Whilst I agree fully with your opinions on the public wearing face coverings, this is different to a lot of the fully protective masks worn by healthcare professionals in certain settings. A lot of these are fully fitted masks which along with other PPE do actually stop viruses getting in and out. You are right though that the whole point of us wearing face coverings is to try to prevent any virus we may have getting out. They do this by preventing moisture droplets getting into the air as that’s how we transmit the majority of virus particles. (Note I’m saying majority not all). @Blackrocksrock I have totally the same thought when I follow someone who is vaping or smoking - it really makes me realise how I’m breathing air that was inside them and I find it quite disturbing!
  19. I’m not sure I’m really qualified to answer - although I have hatched 3 times with an incubator now (Brinsea Mini Advance) my hatch rates haven’t been any better than yours. That said, I haven’t had fully developed chicks not hatching since my first attempt when it did happen. From what I’ve read, the most common reason for this is that the humidity is wrong at some point. If the membrane was tight around the chick when you opened the egg, the humidity was too LOW during hatch (the last few days). If that’s not the case, it may be that the humidity was too HIGH during the first 18 days, so the chick a) can be too big and unable to position itself for hatch and b) the air cell is either too small or contains liquid so that I the chick does pip brought the membrane it has no or not enough air to breath before it hatches through the shell. For my last two hatches I’ve hatched ‘dry’. This means I didn’t add any water to the incubator until lockdown at day 17 or 18 when I added water to increase he humidity to over 50 for hatching. I did have a temp / hygro sensor in the incubator to keep an eye on the humidity to make sure it didn’t drop too low - if it had gone below 30 I would’ve added some water. I also measured the air cells by drawing them on when I candles at days 7, 14 and 18 to try and make sure they were developing properly. Hatching dry I have had approx 30% losses in the first 10 days (eggs though the post so not surprising) but nothing later. There are other factors than can cause these late stage losses such as improper turning, uneven warming and genetic / breeder health factors.
  20. Refuse to look at them until December
  21. I’d keep an eye on her. You’ll be able to see pretty soon if she’s plucking out her feathers. If she is you may need to consider a bumpa bit.
  22. Sorry my first reaction was to laugh 🙈 Fair enough it was clearly traumatic.

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