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by Icemaiden
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 51
Views: 646

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: 162

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: 162

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: 125

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: 79
Views: 2241

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: 51
Views: 646

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: 190

Re: Aerial

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

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by Icemaiden
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Egg eating woes
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Egg eating woes

:cry: This morning Holly (our not quite year old white legbar) laid a thin shelled eggs in the rollaway nestbox. I found the contents & half the shell, which I cleaned away. This afternoon I found half of a perfectly formed eggshell from Tufty (cream legbar, never slow where food's involved) on the ...
by Icemaiden
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Fat balls
Replies: 18
Views: 306

Re: Fat balls

It's the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett. Comic fantasy, inspired by the absurdities of real life. I commend them to you! Start with "The colour of magic"...
by Icemaiden
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: A new den
Replies: 15
Views: 333

Re: A new den

I'd just put the dustbath under the coop, unless that's where you keep the feeder? It'd be handy if you could pull it out from underneath for cleaning, as they'll poo in it occasionally. :x

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