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by Icemaiden
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Drought conditions
Replies: 51
Views: 670

Re: Drought conditions

We live in East Kent, where our water is very hard & chalky (picture the white cliffs of Dover: that's the kind of ground that our water is naturally filtered through). It's natural mineral water on tap and means that very few people around here suffer from osteoporosis. Soft, naturally acidic water...
by Icemaiden
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Drought conditions
Replies: 51
Views: 670

Re: Drought conditions

I love the idea of saving the water that you run off waiting for the hot water to get to the tap, & putting the "waste* water into the water butt. I'm going to do that!
by Icemaiden
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 73
Views: 1114

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

There was a fox dead on the road a few yards from my house this morning. Ten years ago I'd have been really sorry. These days I'm grateful that it's one less to try to get at my girls...
by Icemaiden
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 73
Views: 1114

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Yes, I use one too. I've had a VSB for a number of years (though it doesn't work so well with the Green Frog coop- it prefers a door that opens vertically). You can set the light sensitivity so that it closes at or after dusk & lets the girls out in the morning while I'm snuggled under my duvet!
by Icemaiden
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Quail Forum
Topic: pickling egg problems please advise
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: pickling egg problems please advise

I buy my whole spices mainly from the supermarket. As Margaid says, you can buy them as a blend, though these days I tend to make up my own combination. I like coriander seeds, black peppercorns, fenugreek & the aforementioned cardamom pods. I'm not a huge fan of cloves, which tend to feature in the...
by Icemaiden
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Quail Forum
Topic: pickling egg problems please advise
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: pickling egg problems please advise

I've only pickled hens' eggs, not quails' eggs, but I start by sterilising the jars (I use Milton tablets, then rinse the jars & lids & dry them in a warm oven). I then boil the the pickling vinegar with the spices & let it cool a bit while boiling the eggs. Hens' eggs are easier to peel when they'r...
by Icemaiden
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Hybrid Chickens
Topic: Hybrid sizes
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: Hybrid sizes

I've heard a few reports of speckledies being a bit less friendly than ISA Browns, gingernut rangers (another name for the same thing), Columbian blacktails etc. ISA Browns including ex-batts are naturally laid back & friendly- they're bred that way & tend to be quite cuddly. Leghorns are not usuall...
by Icemaiden
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: nature notes
Replies: 85
Views: 2674

Re: nature notes

Mrs B- I was thinking warbler too. Though I have to admit that most warblers come into the category of "LBJ" (little brown jobbie") to me! :lol: I've got several bird call CDs with which I keep meaning to use to learn their calls. A lot of LBJs are easier to identify by their song than by appearance...
by Icemaiden
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 73
Views: 1114

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

A Chinese philosopher once said "A man who's afraid to take the first step will spend his life on one leg"...

Go for it!!!
by Icemaiden
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Aerial
Replies: 7
Views: 282

Re: Aerial

So sorry Rick. Hold on to those happy memories...

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