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by rick
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: Thermometers
Replies: 4
Views: 638

Re: Thermometers

You can get medical digital thermometers very cheaply from the supermarket (for measuring baby's temp etc.) The range is very limited (32 to 40 degC or something like that) but they have to be reliable to the tolerance printed on the box and should be good enough for calibration.
by rick
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Fake News
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Re: Fake News

Any kind of mud throwing is a mark against in my book. Trouble is they all do it to some degree and so keeping a relative tally can be a challenge! People tend to believe anything that supports their particular world view. As those world views (right, left, up, down etc.) will always be about even i...
by rick
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Ospreys 2019
Replies: 41
Views: 5256

Re: Ospreys 2019

Marigold wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:21 am
And I hope that everyone who enjoys watching it will give a contribution to the Glaslyn website as well.
See https://www.glaslynwildlife.co.uk
£70 over the last three years Marigold so less than a TV licence.
by rick
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Ospreys 2019
Replies: 41
Views: 5256

Re: Ospreys 2019

Good source of protein though.
by rick
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Ospreys 2019
Replies: 41
Views: 5256

Re: Ospreys 2019

I'm getting the impression from FB that Mrs G, Aran and eggs weathered the storm safely and it's just a matter of fixing the camera/connection now. The footage of the storm from Dyfi is pretty dramatic!
by rick
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Peckford the gentleman
Replies: 8
Views: 1379

Re: Peckford the gentleman

You don't have to breed from a cockerel you take in or hatch. Though it means that the eggs are very likely to be fertile (if he is big enough to manage that with the hens), it is very easy to avoid incubation. Fertile eggs that haven't been incubated are indistinguishable from regular for cooking b...
by rick
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Moving them on to pellets?
Replies: 6
Views: 1044

Re: Moving them on to pellets?

Tweetypie wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:46 pm
My OH, being a daft sod, put the pellets in the blender for a few seconds, to make them less hard, which seem to placate all four.
I melted a hand blender one time trying to do similar with dry pellets.
by rick
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Ospreys 2019
Replies: 41
Views: 5256

Re: Ospreys 2019

Yes! Fantastic! The youtube stream is brilliant, with 2 hours rewind. I was intrigued to know if ospreys stand up to lay their egg like chickens do but no - she just fluffed up a bit for a few mins while Aran was preening right next to her and there it was. Well done!!! and, of course, for the first...
by rick
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: To hatch or not to hatch...
Replies: 8
Views: 1229

Re: To hatch or not to hatch...

I shouldn't comment Icemaiden, (but happen to be online!) having only reared chicks when I was able to select ones that I was pretty sure were hens - but - knowing what I know now and knowing that you know that surplus cockerels have to accept practicalities - Just 6 eggs (if they come in sixes). Th...
by rick
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Back to Japan
Replies: 9
Views: 1334

Re: Back to Japan

:) They have to rake the gravel every morning before they get their mash. They are practically a wild population that forages in the woodland margins across the whole upper shrine site. I'm not sure how much they actually use their coops and, presumably, they are often visited by nine tailed kitsune...

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