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by rick
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Weather
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Weather

I think Pom and Bonnie are showing a slight glimmer of red in their combs. No-one has checked out the nest boxes yet though.
by rick
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Weather
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Weather

The worst place I go to for air pollution (not like I go there for it!) is Birmingham center. That's traffic, of course. London too. Its a great place but getting off the train when I get back its amazing how fresh the air is here in comparison. Flat, grey with a bit of wind and slight dampness here...
by rick
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Advice needed re my Ancona cockerel
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: Advice needed re my Ancona cockerel

I absolutely sympathise with your predicament Sandrine. Freely admit to being a 'softie' when it comes to my own chickens although do heed the reasons and responsibilities for taking hard decisions when necessary (when that is necessary can only ever be a matter of informed judgement for the keeper,...
by rick
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Gardening
Replies: 26
Views: 2037

Re: Gardening

Rick, I think the risk of silver leaf infection applies to plum and cherry trees, which should only be pruned in the warmer months. Most of the advice on pruning apples says do it when they're dormant, in winter. See https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=90 That's fair enough Marigold. The risk...
by rick
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Gardening
Replies: 26
Views: 2037

Re: Gardening

First morning of frozen drinkers here. Its not really possible to prune full standard apple trees in any major way LadyA. Of course, its possible to train apple trees from young into a form you can prune and keep easy to harvest i.e. fanned out low on wires, but once they develop into 'standards' th...
by rick
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Happy Christmas to all of my forum friends
Replies: 43
Views: 2643

Re: Happy Christmas to all of my forum friends

All I can remember is the bit about 'Almighty Fred.' Does anyone know 'The tale of E***** N**'? Dad would refer to it but then always said it was too rude to repeat. All we managed to get out of him was: '....As cold as a frog in an ice bound pool. As cold as the end of an Eskimo's tool ....' ... Ah...
by rick
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Recipes
Replies: 21
Views: 1129

Re: Recipes

Anything that doesn't dribble up your arm sounds good to good to me. Will try all! We kind of like the crispy bits round the edges though :) Dad was from Staffordshire and kind of passed this down. Thought they were secret but obviously the word got out! I have never tried making a omelette and roll...
by rick
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Pre-sexed chicken eggs
Replies: 9
Views: 639

Re: Pre-sexed chicken eggs

The only reason for the producers needing to put a few pence (or cents) on the price of a box of eggs must be to recoup the development cost. After that it should be a huge saving. Anyone who breeds hens (for eggs or meat or fine birds) has that chore to do - sooner or later - completely unavoidable...
by rick
Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Pre-sexed chicken eggs
Replies: 9
Views: 639

Re: Pre-sexed chicken eggs

Just saw 'Life of Pi' on TV. Still thing sexing eggs a good idea though! :)
by rick
Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Pre-sexed chicken eggs
Replies: 9
Views: 639

Re: Pre-sexed chicken eggs

At the risk of being controversial then it’s alright to kill millions of growing embryos but not a full time chick? Sounds like an ongoing controversy about ................................... ! About what Hen Gen? Abortion maybe? I doubt the Pope will have any problem with this one! It was never p...

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