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by rick
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: The heat is on
Replies: 25
Views: 339

Re: The heat is on

Pictures of archery, to do it justice, are always a bit of a procedural issue - especially if published to the web - due to safeguarding of young club members and you cant really draw a bow except at a club. I'd actually quite like some pictures of myself on the shooting line but it only happens at ...
by rick
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Fledglings and stuff
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Fledglings and stuff

Not pretending to be anything other than a novice with birds but have taken some pictures lately where there have been juveniles that have been an education. Anyway, looking around for resources this evening came across this: http://www.babybirdid.com/WHObabybirdID2.php?BBIntroResponse=Yes Waaggh!!!...
by rick
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: The heat is on
Replies: 25
Views: 339

Re: The heat is on

I don't much go in for a style of any sort really icemaiden but I suppose a leather arm guard and a Tilly hat (and toting a longbow and wooden arrows does the trick :) The long bow is great, by the way - slower than my field bow (which broke) - much more tactile and alive though. Got a clout competi...
by rick
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Drought conditions
Replies: 51
Views: 700

Re: Drought conditions

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by rick
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Drought conditions
Replies: 51
Views: 700

Re: Drought conditions

Ive just been to water the public tulip tree planting at the end of our street. Its been in the ground for 2 years but got off to a bad start establishing itself in the planting pit and died back so to lose its leader. Bounced back this spring and then got hit by drought conditions. 10 liters just h...
by rick
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Chicken Brained? No.
Replies: 8
Views: 145

Re: Chicken Brained? No.

Hmmm.. They are clearly sensitive, often aggressively so, to hens of a different breed/colour. They say that chickens can remember the pecking order of 100 individuals when we would struggle to tell them apart. But did you mean siblings particularly Hen-Gen? That within a breed hatched/raised togeth...
by rick
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Chicken Brained? No.
Replies: 8
Views: 145

Re: Chicken Brained? No.

That's really interesting (I haven't got a clue!) The familiarity and almost un-noticable pecking order that I saw between my brown hybrids I put down to familiarity right from chicks. There was, of course, no reason that they should have the same parents when drawn from a commercial batch though no...
by rick
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Hen bedtime question
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: Hen bedtime question

Wild musings from me - as usual! Chickens do seem to like the highest perch available. I think this comes from their natural preference for the highest, and safest, branch of a tree that they can get to. Inside a coop there is no perspective to the ground, other than the floor of the coop, so even i...
by rick
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Pen floor advice
Replies: 15
Views: 259

Re: Pen floor advice

It's similar to using geotextile under a bark mulch path. If laid flat on well prepared firm ground and kept covered it should be good for 20 years.
Sunlight degrades it if left exposed for too long.
by rick
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Carriers
Replies: 21
Views: 376

Re: Carriers

I like this
http://www.flyzipline.com
A proper use of technology! Actually solves a real problem, not a problem that the marketer is telling you you didn't know you had or a must have function you didn't know you wanted.
Technosceptic!

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