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by rick
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Man vs. Mouse
Replies: 15
Views: 386

Re: Man vs. Mouse

Agh! Yeh! Haven't had problems of chewing through wire and pipes. Maybe if I do succeed in keeping them out of the run they will get a bit more desperate for something to chew. They are defiantly using the rear corner in this shot. Maybe I can hypnotize Bonnie into thinking she is an owl. She looks ...
by rick
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Man vs. Mouse
Replies: 15
Views: 386

Re: Man vs. Mouse

The battle continues... I think I have stopped them digging in. Its quite obvious where they do as there is a clear spot on the bedding on the floor and a corresponding gap in the paving/tunnel below. Have been leaving the trail cam in the run the past few nights and they are still having a party in...
by rick
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Technology
Replies: 1
Views: 41

Re: Technology

♀♂ Ah! They came out rather small! It depends on what you are typing in and the font preferences for that application. i.e. I'm typing in Firefox to write this and the default font is DejaVu Serif which contains the symbols (they are also the planet symbols for Venus and Mars.) I copied and pasted t...
by rick
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Aeronoutical chickens
Replies: 8
Views: 120

Re: Aeronoutical chickens

Gliding too! When the CLBs were young I was lucky to just catch, out of the corner of my eye, one streak over the fence and over the gardens (spooked by the washing.) Excuse me, can we have our chicken back?
by rick
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: good article on red mite control
Replies: 11
Views: 397

Re: good article on red mite control

... I don't mean to be argumentative at all Chickenfan. Quite a few have never had red mite and so have never had the dubious pleasure of knowing their ways or getting all to familiar with what they look like. I know I imported our red mite dynasty in a bag of damp wood bark mulch about 3 years ago....
by rick
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: good article on red mite control
Replies: 11
Views: 397

Re: good article on red mite control

Dont worry about the compost heap Chickenfan. Red mite are so common in the wider nvioronment that you cant change the effect on wild birds even if you had buckets full. Wild birds can choose where they roost and that naturally controls the wild mite population. Can you post a picture of the mites i...
by rick
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: good article on red mite control
Replies: 11
Views: 397

Re: good article on red mite control

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by rick
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: good article on red mite control
Replies: 11
Views: 397

Re: good article on red mite control

A coop has to be empty for 9 months before all the red mite have died Rick. Presumably it takes that long because they eat each other. Based on my experiments they quickly die above 55C. An early indicator of their presence is ants as they eat red mite amongst other little bugs. Yeah! I thought I h...
by rick
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: good article on red mite control
Replies: 11
Views: 397

Re: good article on red mite control

I tried torching today and set my jacket alight without even noticing. OMG! Be careful Chickenfan! Though, I must admit, Ive used a small gas torch to waft over localised red mite in the run Ive had plenty of practice charring timber and, still, it not really that sensible or safe! An electric hot ...
by rick
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: free range cockerel moving to small space
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: free range cockerel moving to small space

Your absolutely right Chickenfan. It's too small for 2 hens already. I'm not sure if any reduction in relitive space can be made for bantams rather than large foul but I think probably not as it is mostly about their visual perception of space to help avoid bullying rather than just relitive sizes. ...

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