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by Marigold
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: nature notes
Replies: 75
Views: 1996

Re: nature notes

Try a large, shallow bowl (a big pottery plant saucer is good, more stable than plastic) and place it on the ground in an open spot where the birds can feel safe, preferably near to a tree or Bush where they can perch and reconnoiter, before flying down, just as you would for feeders. Like a mini-po...
by Marigold
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house
Replies: 41
Views: 356

Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

I think your most likely culprit may be these: Harvest mites. Absolute bug***s! When I had outdoor cats, they used to sometimes get them. They are very tiny, almost invisible to the naked eye. But, they do congregate on grass, shrubs etc. https://www.the-piedpiper.co.uk/th5i.htm#harvestmite I'm scr...
by Marigold
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: nature notes
Replies: 75
Views: 1996

Re: nature notes

We usually find Elephant Hawk moth caterpillars in our garden - on a variety of trees and plants, including our silver birch and ash trees, and also on fuchsias, which I think is their preferred food.
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by Marigold
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Integrating new pullets
Replies: 10
Views: 262

Re: Integrating new pullets

Rhode Island Reds (RIRs) and Sussex are purebreds, and thus more likely to go broody, which can be a nuisance as you lose eggs for up to three weeks, several times a season. I actually set up a 'bedroom' for my Sussex, Marigold, as she had to have her broodiness broken so often. Many hybrids are bas...
by Marigold
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house
Replies: 41
Views: 356

Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

For private messages, go to the row of symbols at the right hand side of the grey bar at the top of the page. Click on the little 'person' symbol and select User Control Panel. On your user control panel, select Private Messages and then Inbox to see your messages from other people. You can try out ...
by Marigold
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Hybrid Chickens
Topic: Hybrid sizes
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Re: Hybrid sizes

Two would be quite happy - until one of them died, leaving a single hen on her own. It's always difficult to introduce a single hen to an existing pair, or conversely, to introduce a new pair or even another new singleton to a single, older bird who feels in charge of the territory. Much best to equ...
by Marigold
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house
Replies: 41
Views: 356

Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

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by Marigold
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house
Replies: 41
Views: 356

Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

I think the eucalyptus tree and the pigeons may well have something to do with this. A friend of mine, an experienced poultrykeeper who had never had redmite, once left the door of an empty run open, and came back to find a pigeon sitting on a stool she'd left in there. She shooed it out and then fo...
by Marigold
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house
Replies: 41
Views: 356

Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

P.S. is your property isolated, perhaps in woodland or with large trees, where many birds might be roosting, eg starling flocks?
Or is it suburban, close to other houses? If so,are your neighbours also affected?
by Marigold
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house
Replies: 41
Views: 356

Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Interesting that you’re on the SW coast, as there’ve been quite a few types of insects etc migrating from Europe in recent years because of the warming climate in the S of England. It would be really good to report this to DEFRA , I think, and somehow or other get a expert opinion and diagnosis abou...

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