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by organic chick
19 Oct 2013, 18:03
Forum: Grow Your Own
Topic: Diatomaceous earth
Replies: 3
Views: 2906

Re: Diatomaceous earth

Trees 'painted' ready to repel pests. Bonus effect is the trees are now white so less likely to bump into them when I check the hens at night :lol:
by organic chick
12 Oct 2013, 16:39
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Safety in the run
Replies: 6
Views: 1797

Re: Safety in the run

Think I may be getting there slowly!! ;)
by organic chick
11 Oct 2013, 16:55
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Safety in the run
Replies: 6
Views: 1797

Re: Safety in the run

:) Thank you both for your thoughts. Nice to know I am not paranoid (yet!)
by organic chick
11 Oct 2013, 16:52
Forum: Grow Your Own
Topic: Diatomaceous earth
Replies: 3
Views: 2906

Re: Diatomaceous earth

Brilliant! Washing up liquid - I knew there must be some sort of wetting agent other than water Many thanks.
by organic chick
10 Oct 2013, 22:20
Forum: Grow Your Own
Topic: Diatomaceous earth
Replies: 3
Views: 2906

Diatomaceous earth

I read recently that this can be made into a paste and painted onto fruit tree trunks to protect against various bugs and other ne'er do wells. Has anyone ever done this and if so how did you make it into a paste?
by organic chick
10 Oct 2013, 21:32
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Safety in the run
Replies: 6
Views: 1797

Safety in the run

Would welcome a few thoughts from the great pool of knowledge out there. I am a relative new by. I am part of a hen 'collective' for want of a better description and there is some disagreement between members regarding the following. Our hens go into their coop at night and an automatic pophole clos...
by organic chick
24 Sep 2013, 10:43
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Coop Cleaning
Replies: 1
Views: 882

Coop Cleaning

Advice needed please plus pros and cons etc. We have a hen cooperative with differing opinions on cleaning the coop. Current routine is to clean the poo and perches daily which takes around 7 - 10 minutes combined with an early morning check. Also a once weekly clean that is a bit more thorough and ...
by organic chick
16 Sep 2013, 21:42
Forum: Grow Your Own
Topic: Growing winter crops
Replies: 8
Views: 6203

Re: Growing winter crops

We grow all those things recommended above including Russian Kale. Do try this recipe for a most wonderful Kale and mushroom lasagne. http://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/kale-and-mushroom-lasagne/ A friend also gave me a second hand copy of How to Grow Winter Vegetables by Charles Dowding. Looked it...
by organic chick
16 Sep 2013, 21:33
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Covering walk in run
Replies: 26
Views: 6422

Covering walk in run

We have a large walk in run currently coved in mesh. We have the chance to recycle some Unduline roofing panels and we wondered if covering the run with these is a sensible idea? If so, do we do the whole area, or just part of it. All thoughts welcome.
by organic chick
16 Sep 2013, 21:26
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Cleaning galvanised drinker
Replies: 4
Views: 1418

Re: Cleaning galvanised drinker

good advice as ever, thanks everyone.
by organic chick
14 Sep 2013, 19:28
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Cleaning galvanised drinker
Replies: 4
Views: 1418

Cleaning galvanised drinker

Can someone please advise me how often, and what with, I should clean the interior of our large galvanised water drinker.
by organic chick
30 Aug 2013, 13:05
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Health Log
Replies: 1
Views: 339

Re: Health Log

An electronic one that is!!
by organic chick
30 Aug 2013, 12:29
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Health Log
Replies: 1
Views: 339

Health Log

Is there a link to such a thing as a template for entering individual hen details, feeding, worming dates, weight, preventative and any interventions that may be required please?
by organic chick
07 Aug 2013, 22:23
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Hens wont leave coop.
Replies: 14
Views: 732

Re: Hens wont leave coop.

Living on the bank of a river I still cannot get used to the brutal behaviour of Mallards in particular. I feel so sorry for the exhausted females who use up so much energy trying to escape the drakes. It always looks as if the females are going to drown poor things.
by organic chick
07 Aug 2013, 16:32
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Presenting a water tight case for keeping chickens
Replies: 26
Views: 1509

Re: Presenting a water tight case for keeping chickens

Uuum. One of my horses never batted an eyelash whilst the other one always had a to do with screaming jets. Neither EVER respond to the low flying Dakota or the BBMF planes we get over the Derwent Dams regularly.