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AndyRoo last won the day on October 16

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  1. I've got a feeling from the plans that he wants to put the hedging in and then have grasses etc. on the inside of that to frame it. Although I am thinking some nice pencil evergreens might be quite nice, mixed in with other grasses and shrubs.
  2. Well, save for a possible escapee or two, they shouldn't be wandering outside of their little paddock. This is just to make said paddock blend in a little more with the garden.
  3. I'll have a look. The new design focuses very heavily on bees and wildlife as it is. It's being planted with nearly all native plants, trees and shrubs.
  4. It's ok - it's one of those schadenfreude moments. Although my father did cut down the bush shortly after. He also used to have a holly tree which he ended up cutting down after a similar incident involving my step-mother complaining a lot after she stepped on a multitude of fallen holly leaves.
  5. Thanks, I'll have a look for these. It'll be a low-lying hedgerow (about 1.5m high max.), as we're having about 15 trees planted, in addition to the few we already have. If hens instinctively know not to eat poisonous things, then maybe I'll just pick something that looks pretty. It definitely won't be anything like holly or thorn as I have an absolute hatred of anything spiky having fallen face first into a large rose bush when I was a child. I was absolutely cut to ribbons, and I've hated anything sharp since!
  6. Hi all, We're due to have our garden re-landscaped and the designer wants to surround the new paddock we're having built with a hedge so that it blends more into the rest of the design. The problem he is having is finding hedges that aren't toxic to hens if they eat them. Anybody got any ideas as to what might be safe? Thanks, Andy
  7. I'm only planning on getting 4... so probably 6. 😂 I'm planning on getting a Cream Legbar (both of mine have died now - 1 for now obvious reason and, sadly, the other one got foxed!), A copper marans and a black marans, and then a buff orpington. I'm trying to mix more pure breeds into the flock for some longevity!! I can't promise I will know the answer to the soap question, but you're always welcome to ask! x I choose to believe they are. Especially now that I've installed some roosting bars for them to hop up on to!
  8. I've started making my own reed diffusers. They're nice and easy if you have the pre-made base mix. I started after I found a really nice 'designer' one in a garden centre the other week which was *amazing* - but cost £28!! So I just started making my own for a third of the price! lol Well, here's the Peckingham Palace update. All built and ready. We re-used some of the panels of the MK1 run to create the enclosure at the front. And a nice big new hen house means that I'll be getting a few more hens too. Planning on collecting them this weekend. 🙈 🙈 🙈 😂
  9. No, not yet. I'm still in the process of getting all the recipes sorted and submitted for CPSRs! It's a painfully slow process.
  10. Now the builders have added the second wall, and having chosen the cladding, I can confirm it will be significantly nicer than my first apartment. If they don't like it, I might go and live out there!! lol
  11. It's not going to get much fancier than that. I suppose I might paint it at some point, but I'm in no rush. Next to that, we're having a new garage built, and this is going to make me sound so spoilt, but the footprint of those two buildings is bigger than the very first flat I lived in!! 🙈 🤣 I'm getting them a huge new wooden hen house too... because morehens disease has struck again!! lol And, sadly, last year a family of foxes took not one, not two, but three of my lovely girls while the electric fence was broken! I was fuming, so I'll be getting a proper paddock fence built. It should all look really good once the garden has been landscaped too! I'm waiting for my certificate to come through from my degree and then I'll be setting up in private practice (psychotherapist). And, yep, still making the soap - in fact, that is becoming a little side business in of itself as part of my self-care, if you like!
  12. Hello all, How is everyone? It feels like a while since I checked in. We're still getting things done around the house and the garden, but I am pleased to say the new sheltered chicken coop is finally going up so the girls will have a lovely new home and I can finally ditch the ugly tarps. They'll also be moving into a bigger wooden house (getting rid of the cube!) so they can get a few more housemates. I'll have to hang some fairy lights and do a bit of decorating to make the place look a bit more aesthetically pleasing! Hope all is well! Andy
  13. Just FYI, in the UK chickens are classed as livestock. When they die they should also be cremated (under the legislation). As a general rule, even if your deeds prohibit it, I suspect unless you lived next to or near some miserable busybody, I doubt anyone would mind. Unless you're renting, then the owner might.
  14. Our class has hated it. We've asked for a partial rebate because for the semester at the start of the pandemic, there was literally no teaching at all. We had a weekly "Hi, how are you?" check in with the tutor and that was it.
  15. That was a very emphatic response, Lewis! 😂 But thank you. You're right, these last 18 months have been a complete nightmare!!

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