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by chrismahon
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: treating fox bites
Replies: 10
Views: 1003

Re: treating fox bites

I'm pleased as well. Fox bites carry a lot of nasty bacteria. We had Bumble who was attacked by a fox and although the bites looked superficial she ended up with a crooked neck, but fortunately without infection. We now have a dog and a nasty little thing she is so no danger of a fox getting anywher...
by chrismahon
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Weather
Replies: 99
Views: 13125

Re: Weather

I've got fed up with covering the tomatoes- last lot of thunderstorms just missed us again. Might see some rain overnight which is badly needed. House temperature is 26C and the fridge and freezer are working overtime. The weather in France has changed a lot since we came here- is this permanent bec...
by chrismahon
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Winemaking!
Replies: 5
Views: 553

Re: Winemaking!

Years ago I won a bottle of Sloe Gin and wasn't expecting much as I dislike Gin. Came as quite a surprise how nice it is- we have sloes growing here so perhaps it's time to revisit that great taste. The best wine I ever made was a gallon of elderberry, using a very strong yeast that needed to be sta...
by chrismahon
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: tips for hot weather?
Replies: 13
Views: 1614

Re: tips for hot weather?

Good idea Ellen, but we have lots of coops a way from the nearest electrical point and wiring them up will be difficult. Trouble here is the temperature doesn't drop much after the sun goes down and it has hit 39C several times here this year. We've noticed that the pent roof coops, fitted with mesh...
by chrismahon
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: soft shells
Replies: 6
Views: 727

Re: soft shells

We have had success with pot eggs which you can buy to promote broodiness. You can also get rubber eggs. Basically they bash themselves stupid trying to get into the pot egg and that breaks the habit. Putting mustard into a blown egg doesn't work as they eat them and it then promotes the bad habit. ...
by chrismahon
Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: nature notes
Replies: 170
Views: 17118

Re: nature notes

After hearing them in distant trees all around us for weeks, yesterday we got our first fleeting glimpse of a pair of Golden Orioles that landed in a fig tree. Just now they landed in a poplar tree right behind the house and were clearly visible through the french doors- the colouring of the male is...
by chrismahon
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: This is heartening
Replies: 55
Views: 4500

Re: This is heartening

I took a tough line with snails when we lost our carrots LadyA. Re-homed 60 of them after dawn raids in the Veg plot. Found that CD's hanging up so that they spin in the wind and reflect the light has removed our bird problem- it was blackbirds digging up the leaf mulch mainly.
by chrismahon
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: This is heartening
Replies: 55
Views: 4500

Re: This is heartening

Unfortunately Rick, UK broiler chickens only live for 5 ½ weeks (export vet told me), basically sitting near a feeder and drinker because moving too much will result in broken leg bones- the body weight growth exceeds the skeleton growth. I drove past ours yesterday to see them flying about and dust...
by chrismahon
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Arberaker breed?
Replies: 7
Views: 1010

Re: Arberaker breed?

All the breeds you mention are pure breeds and good layers, so a mix of those should result in a good healthy laying hen. I guess Arberaker is Cumbrian for 'a carefully selected assortment'.
by chrismahon
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Arberaker breed?
Replies: 7
Views: 1010

Re: Arberaker breed?

Never heard of that as a breed Laallee. Is it a pedigree breed or the name of a breeder of hybrids? There are a few strange sounding Dutch or European breeds that occasionally make it over to the UK- could it be from there?

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