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by Hen-Gen
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Have you all been blown away?
Replies: 9
Views: 116

Re: Have you all been blown away?

No damage here but the BT mast was down so five days with no internet, catch up TV etc. Came back on an hour ago.
My stock is all OK but loads of dead sheep around. That fatal combination of cold wind and driving rain does for them.
by Hen-Gen
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Bluebell in winter?
Replies: 5
Views: 89

Re: Bluebell in winter?

Never mind the ‘bluebell’. That’s a seriously good bit of planting there. Whilst I have no garden myself I have always appreciated good gardens.
by Hen-Gen
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Lamb Steaks
Replies: 6
Views: 123

Re: Lamb Steaks

It’s not dear for me because I grow my own. But I’ve wondered about this N Z thing too. At the peak of the season, in November, old Shetland sheep will sometimes go for £2 each at the market here. If they’re hung for a week at ambient temperature they are superb eating and more flavoursome than lamb...
by Hen-Gen
Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: nature notes
Replies: 179
Views: 19753

Re: nature notes

It’s great that things are coming back to where they once lived. Beavers and pine martens are back, wild boar in the Forest of Dene etc. However the most amazing thing I read recently was about a cocaine baron in Colombia in South America. In the eighties he imported hippos to his grounds but when h...
by Hen-Gen
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Happy New Year
Replies: 23
Views: 486

Re: Happy New Year

Easily cured with a dose of chicken pox.
Or foul (fowl) brood.
by Hen-Gen
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Lamb Steaks
Replies: 6
Views: 123

Lamb Steaks

OK, I scoffed at my mate when he suggested this. But I have to admit that lamb steaks are juicier and more flavoursome than any beef steak I’ve ever eaten. From now on Mr Slaughterman will be asked to do this cut for me. I suggest you give them a try. Not on the usual butchers repertoire but can be ...
by Hen-Gen
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Feeders
Replies: 9
Views: 143

Re: Feeders

Yes, marigold, that’s the one. It will be in their shed with the solar panel mounted on the roof. I’ll leave them shut in for a few days so they learn to associate the sound with food. If the starlings get wise to it I’ll change the times that the food is dispensed.
Here’s hoping!
by Hen-Gen
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Feeders
Replies: 9
Views: 143

Feeders

After fighting a losing battle with starlings I’ve ordered a new feeder. It’s electric and dispenses a set amount of food at predetermined times. It has a sound that once they get used to it will tell the chickens that food is available. I’ve ordered the one that is powered by a solar panel. Hope it...
by Hen-Gen
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Happy New Year
Replies: 23
Views: 486

Re: Happy New Year

And the new year has well and truly arrived. The weather forecast for tomorrow is 57mph winds and 2.5 ins of snow. Folk have been out doing what they can to prepare. I’m well stocked with animal feed and gas and freezers full of food so what will be will be. So honouring Ullr, the Viking snow god. B...
by Hen-Gen
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Happy New Year
Replies: 23
Views: 486

Re: Happy New Year

my ‘ead ‘urts.
But HNY to all of you.

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