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Hello! Anyone got any tips for the type of feeder I can use for messy eaters? We've always kept a tray (normal plastic house tray!) under the feeder to make the evening clean up easier when we take the food away, but with our 3 new mucky pups it's working overtime! I've never seen anything like the amount of spillage 🙈 it fills the tray and goes over the sides... perhaps I should start out with less food so they have to eat rather than spread?! This morning I thought I'd switch out the Grub feeder for the original water trough that came with the run (a go up) to see if an open top helped. The Bluebell hopped straight onto the side of it and settled in to feast - my kind of girl, she is food mad 🤣 with any luck this could be a temporary fix but thought I'd ask the experts nonetheless! They seem to love their food and 'help' to clear up the spillage when I take the feeder away so I don't think it's a dislike issue, but I am worried as we have fought a battle against rats in the past so I don't like food hanging around on the floor...
Well, as there are a few of us who seem to enjoy cooking and sharing recipes, I thought I'd start this little thread. I suppose it could get a little messy, sorry about that. Maybe one of the Mods/Admin team could at least make it a sticky post, even if it can't be a sub-section somewhere? I thought I'd start with one of my own recipes: Spinach and Paneer Curry (never really sure what constitutes 'portion size', but I would say this makes two extra large portions, or 3 - 4 smaller portions) Ingredients 1 tablespoon ghee (or vegetable oil) 200g Paneer (or more if you fancy) 500g Natural yogurt 6 Tomatoes (medium sized) 250g Spinach 1” piece of ginger 2 large garlic cloves 6 Cardamom pods 1 white onion (medium sized) 1.5 tablespoons of curry powder (you can use medium or hot if you like it spicy - but it's intended to be a mild, but aromatic dish) 2 teaspoons cumin powder 2 teaspoons turmeric 2 teaspoons garam masala 1 teaspoon coriander powder 1 teaspoon sea salt Preparation You’ll find cooking easier if you do the following prep work first: Put the yogurt into a bowl and mix in all the spices and salt. This will help prevent any clumps of dried spice in the final curry. Cut the tomatoes in half and scoop out the seeds and pulp, leaving only the flesh. If you want to, you can 'caramelise' the tomatoes by baking them in a tray in the oven for 10 minutes until they start to blacken... this just gives them a slightly sweeter flavour, but isn't really necessary if you don't have time - or just can't be bothered. Peel the garlic and the ginger and chop the onion. In a food blender, along with the tomatoes, puree them all together and set aside in a bowl. Blanche the spinach with hot water and then puree the leaves in a food blender and set aside. 'Fry' the paneer in a tablespoon of vegetable oil until slightly browned on both sides. Once browned, dice the paneer into roughly 1cm squared cubes and set aside. Method 1. In a large wok or saucepan, add the ghee over a low heat, and add the cardamom pods to the melted oil. Once these have turned slightly brown and the oil has infused with the flavour, take the pods out and bin them. 2. Add the paneer, and the onion/tomato/ginger/garlic puree simmer on a medium – high heat for 5 minutes - or until it starts to dry out and thicken slightly. 3. Add the spinach and continue to cook for another 2 – 3 minutes. 4. Lastly, add the yogurt/spice mix and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. 5. Serve up with some rice.
Hello all, I'd love the thought and tips of experienced chicken owners rather than Google, which can be a bit hit and miss.... I've noticed the chooks don't really eat their food. They just rely on foraging and snacks (mil has been feeding my poorly girl back to health so making sure she eats was priority)... With one with a heart condition I'm thinking carefully about preserving her health and the rest of my brood. I'm thinking chicken food should make up most their diet??!! But not sure how to ensure this happens.... atm they are given the lovely omlet deed but u rarely see them eat it. Any tips or thoughts so welcome. So grateful for this group!!