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by LadyA
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Any Other Discussion About Chickens
Topic: Dithering...good or bad sign?
Replies: 9
Views: 77

Re: Dithering...good or bad sign?

I'd say go for it! I can understand the dithering. I also dithered (for about two years, actually!) before getting my first hens, years ago! Like you, everything was in place (although over the years, I've improved things, as I found some things that might work better in my own circumstances),but I ...
by LadyA
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house
Replies: 43
Views: 388

Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

It looks more louse like than mite like. Bark lice? But I've never seen them in the quantity you describe.
by LadyA
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house
Replies: 43
Views: 388

Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

I think your most likely culprit may be these: Harvest mites. Absolute bug***s! When I had outdoor cats, they used to sometimes get them. They are very tiny, almost invisible to the naked eye. But, they do congregate on grass, shrubs etc. https://www.the-piedpiper.co.uk/th5i.htm#harvestmite I'm scra...
by LadyA
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Pests & Predators
Topic: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house
Replies: 43
Views: 388

Re: Poultry mite invasion in my garden and house

Haven't ever heard of such a thing. But I found this: https://poultrykeeper.com/blog/will-red-mite-infest-your-house/ Are you sure they are redmite/chicken mites and not these: https://www.independent.ie/regionals/newrossstandard/lifestyle/heatseeking-clover-mites-completely-harmless-to-us-all-34893...
by LadyA
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: A new den
Replies: 15
Views: 245

Re: A new den

I'm in the country, surrounded by fields, but I've actually seen more foxes in the town 10km inland than I've seen out here! Thankfully, I've never, in all the years I've had hens, lost one to a fox (fingers crossed, touch wood, etc. etc.! :roll: ) although there were fox families living down at the...
by LadyA
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: A new den
Replies: 15
Views: 245

Re: A new den

Tweetypie, have you not had any escapees? Or is your fence higher than it looks? I know some of the hens I've had over the years would have worked out in no time that by hopping up on the nest box, they could then trot up the roof, and be away over that wall on the far side before you would know the...
by LadyA
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Wedding Vows
Replies: 11
Views: 202

Re: Wedding Vows

Our's were traditional, with an extra bit added for my late husband, whereby he undertook to help raise my (then aged 9) daughter as one of his own. It's my 24th wedding anniversary today. And this is my third wedding anniversary since he died. I still always do something to celebrate the day, and t...
by LadyA
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: New Brexit stamps out tomorrow!
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: New Brexit stamps out tomorrow!

Very good! I was looking at a picture of Boris Johnson in a news item this week. Can't remember what it was about. And I couldn't help thinking that if he would just brush his hair it might give him maybe some semblance of dignity? Some whiff of taking his job seriously? Because he always looks as i...
by LadyA
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: Automatic treadle feeders
Replies: 22
Views: 376

Re: Automatic treadle feeders

I may have called it a suet block as it looks like the wild bird blocks I put out. Just checked it...it is a forage feeder cake, so no suet in there. It is specifically for chickens. Phew! https://shop.bhwt.org.uk/products/hentastic-foraging-cake Often, they need to get used to something before dar...
by LadyA
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: Comfrey
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: Comfrey

I know that if you roughly chop comfrey leaves and leave them to rot down in a bucket of water, they make a fabulous feed for veg and plants. And if you lay the leaves out around your plot, snails are supposed to go for them first, rather than your produce, although I've never tried that.

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