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by MrsBiscuit
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Fledglings and stuff
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: Fledglings and stuff

Well the baby swifts look like bats, and the baby bittern just looks plain weird! Although I should think seeing a baby is pretty rare, at least in my part of the world in the UK. I have been watching young sparrows here in Portugal, they are more fearless (ie less experienced) than older birds, so ...
by MrsBiscuit
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Drought conditions
Replies: 51
Views: 700

Re: Drought conditions

I too am sorry to hear all your woes, they sound pretty serious. I had heard about the hail in France wiping out grape harvests. Everything is calm here, not super hot, not super dry, just very pleasant which is just as well after last year; but the weather globally is certainly extremely topsy turv...
by MrsBiscuit
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Drought conditions
Replies: 51
Views: 700

Re: Drought conditions

You are doing exactly the right thing, LadyA, good luck to you. I used to keep a small watering can in the bathroom to capture the water I ran to get it hot, in the big scheme of things I don't suppose it made much difference, but it made me feel better. BTW I remember we had a brief chat about carr...
by MrsBiscuit
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Long time trying to lay
Replies: 13
Views: 208

Re: Long time trying to lay

Just leave her be, it can take ages, or it could be that she is thinking of going broody, but no need to panic, lets see what the day brings!
by MrsBiscuit
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Drought conditions
Replies: 51
Views: 700

Re: Drought conditions

I was back in the UK last week and it is definitely hotter and drier than here in Portugal. My mother has a brown lawn, whereas we have green grass and weeds. It is still unseasonably cool here, with positively cold nights, heavy mists (like autumn) in the morning and plenty of moisture on the groun...
by MrsBiscuit
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: The intelligence of birds
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: The intelligence of birds

:D
by MrsBiscuit
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: nature notes
Replies: 85
Views: 2678

Re: nature notes

I have had to look all those up BYM, they sound so poetic, and I didn't realise a Banded Demoiselle was a damselfly, I assumed it was another moth! That does look enormouse bigjim, whatever it is! My nature observations have consisted of watching a lizard eating his way through a pack of winged ants...
by MrsBiscuit
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: The heat is on
Replies: 25
Views: 339

Re: The heat is on

I shall cheer you all up (?!) by telling you that you are all warmer (except HG) than me! It should be well over 30 by this time in June, but it is struggling to hit 30. I can't abide the cold, so this is the right place for me, although I am returning to the UK tomorrow for a week to warm up!
by MrsBiscuit
Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 73
Views: 1119

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Yes, sometimes its a bit embarrassing in the summer when you want to go to bed but you have to stay up to put the chickens away!

Congratulations on your new girls, I'm sure you will have a lot of fun with them!
by MrsBiscuit
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 73
Views: 1119

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

Dottes certainly do have a tendency to go broody, and frankly unless you are hatching its a right pain. I would go with hybrids for your first outing with chickens. They will supply you with plenty of eggs, which is one of your core criteria I think. They will be super happy in a garden environment ...

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