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  1. Not a cupcake, but a sort of banana cake recipe is on the back of the Doves Farm gluten free srf packet. They call it a 'sponge layer cake'. Everyone ate it and loved it! It may be on their website... http://www.dovesfarm.co.uk/recipes/gluten-and-wheat-free-sponge-layer-cake/ ...it is!
  2. Cute is definitely the right word! Her little feet look so cute, (again), sticking out of all the fluff.
  3. I cannot find any information on the data sheet for Flubenvet regarding the advised minimum age. I think it would be best to contact the manufacturer and check what they recommend. (Flubendazole is similar to the fenbendazole in Panacur, which can be used to worm puppies from 2 weeks of age.)
  4. Oh well. It would have been excellent if it was a straight swap. I'm surprised Omlet didn't design it so that the door location could be altered - it would make it much more garden friendly.
  5. Ahhh - gasps in horror! They also have busselly pom pom tails and make cute meep meep noises like any good Pekin should. I had even considered getting a buff Sussex bantam as I couldn't find a buff columbian Pekin before. Sadly though, I won't be getting them after all
  6. Just been searching through old posts about cube runs. Is the end door panel the same size as a side panel, so that they are interchangeable? Has anyone tried it? I don't fancy taking it all apart just to find it doesn't...but if it does, that would be blooming marvellous and open up a whole host of alternative cube location options!
  7. I'm wanting to re-do my walk in run and I'm a bit confused about weldmesh! I've been advised to look at Hills of Devon, but they have rather a lot of options What would you advise regarding: - hole size - wire thickness It needs to be able to be bent round corners. Thanks!
  8. I've been offered two buff columbian Pekins. Swoon...(can't find a smilie for that). There don't seem to be that many of them around? They are currently 8 weeks old and I should shortly be getting a photo of them . I'm hoping I can convince Him Indoors to let them remain as garden dwellers, but we'll see! I'm still planning on adding a few more bantams to the flock in the WIR - just waiting to see what.
  9. In my opinion, if something, e.g. tennis balls, is causing noticeable damage and wear to tooth enamel, using them in moderation will not prevent further wear of the teeth, it will just be at a slower rate than if they were used more frequently. Given the potential consequences of tooth damage, I would advise not giving them at all to a dog that has already managed to damage its teeth. If safer alternatives exist, why not use them instead? My big dog played gently with all her toys, including tennis balls, and after 14 1/2 years her teeth still looked perfect, with no visible wear to the enamel. One of my little dogs managed to cause very obvious wear to her enamel on several teeth from playing in a neighbour's garden and chewing her dog's toys, for only a few hours on one afternoon.
  10. Has anyone got both and if so, how do they compare? (Chicken window shopping again )
  11. I kept forgetting furniture polish, but I tried baby wipes and yay! They worked really well. I then had lots of fun whizzing curtains backwards and forwards making 'weee' noises Thank you!
  12. For tooth purposes, I'd be careful of anything that looks like a tennis ball, whatever it is sold as, unless it specifically says that it does not cause tooth wear. It might be worth contacting Kong and asking them about theirs? Ooo - just found this! http://www.kongcompany.com/en-uk/products/for-dogs/airdog/airdog/kong-airdog-squeakair-ball/
  13. Tonight we're having jota, which is basically soupy sauerkraut with beans. We will have it with polenta. It's yummy and just right for these cold, wet, erm - nearly summer days.
  14. Has anyone that has tried both methods noted any differences in behaviour / temperament between chicks that have been hatched under a broody, compared to those that are hatched and raised artificially? I was just wondering if it made much difference to their end characters? Thanks
  15. I'm collecting twigs and also contemplating putting up bunting a foot or so above the ground, to see if that discourages things. I was on hand with a watering can last time I caught a cat tending to its ablutions in the middle of a row of carrot seedlings. It got a thorough soaking, but was totally unperturbed, rubbed itself against my leg and went 'mew'. Meanwhile, a mole has now travelled under all the rows of seedlings, leaving 4 big mole hills. I'm going to try and remain a bit calmer and re-do the damaged bits and count them as a 'successive sowing throughout the season' thing. Sniff.
  16. I think they basically work like very abrasive scouring pads - google 'fly ball' and 'worn tooth enamel' etc and you'll find a lot! If teeth are already showing signs of wear, I'd avoid them completely and get a different type of ball!
  17. Tennis balls definitely wear down tooth enamel, so I'd avoid those!
  18. I've been doing some research into safe, effective mite treatments for use on poultry, that don't require egg withdrawal and thought the following may be of interest: http://japr.fass.org/content/21/1/111.full.pdf+html Apparently sulphur powder is more effective than diatomaceous earth and also has residual activity. It is the sulphur in garlic that is responsible for the beneficial effects it has in chickens. Battles sell tubs of sulphur powder, (usually in the horsey section), so locating it should be easy. I also found this article, which has some very clear illustrations: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/poultry-external-parasites-lice-and-mites.html
  19. This is how to do photos: http://club.omlet.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=21972 As for the diatom, it would be a good idea to check them for lice and mites now and puff some diatom under their feathers. It will do them no harm and the more you get them used to handling now, the tamer they will be. Photos!
  20. I agree with above - they are probably too wet. If starting them in pots, I water the compost once, before the beans go in and then not again until they have well and truly germinated and their leaves are opening out. Any more water than this and they just rot before they have a chance to germinate. Good luck! We sowed loads of peas around the perimeter fence of our allotment one year and a mole did a circuit and ate the lot, leaving just an empty tunnel all the way round. I don't think the mole could believe its luck!
  21. I've just been out to put the chickens to bed and was a minute too late to stop a cat from digging up a half metre square area of seedlings and ****ing in the middle of it. Again. I give up! After so much effort and digging and weeding and growing and planting, it hardly seems worth bothering any more. Our allotment is quite a big area and we went to considerable expense fencing it off to stop the neighbours dog from messing all over it, but now these two cats just jump in and use it as a giant litter box. I don't want to use netting again, having found a blackbird stuck in it with a broken leg last time, so I don't know what else to do?
  22. My chickens are fed layers pellets and mixed grit with oyster shell. They always eat the oyster shell first and pretty fast. OH bought straight oyster shell the other day by mistake, but when I added some to the grit, it went really fast again. It seems they can't get enough of it. They have been having a vitamin D supplement also, to help with calcium absorption. Do they normally limit their own calcium intake sensibly, or do I need to be careful about how much I offer them, so that they do not over do it?

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