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by bonniethomas06
Wed May 13, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Help, leuttice sabboteur!
Replies: 4
Views: 509

Re: Help, leuttice sabboteur!

Thanks for the advice. I have a horrible feeling you could be right about the chafer grub - it was a hot day but it had rained the night before, so not too dry - and the others were absolutely fine - stem above ground level and leaves intact, though droopy. Fingers crossed the rest of the brassicas ...
by bonniethomas06
Mon May 11, 2009 9:29 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Help, leuttice sabboteur!
Replies: 4
Views: 509

Help, leuttice sabboteur!

I would be really grateful if anyone could give me a clue as to what deciated my leuttice! I had a row of Cos, growing away all nice and upright. Yesterday evening, I came to find that 3 were all open and the leaves were all limp. On closer inspection, the leaves came away from the stem very easily ...
by bonniethomas06
Fri May 08, 2009 3:10 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: How to get bigger heads on my brassicas?
Replies: 14
Views: 832

Re: How to get bigger heads on my brassicas?

Isn't it potassium that makes flowers/fruit bigger and better? As opposed to nitrogen for leaves and phosphorous for roots? And I think that the heads are technically flowers... so adding potash now may be a good idea? Sorry to be vague, am struggling to think of what organic form this may take :scr...
by bonniethomas06
Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:47 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Another chicken question....
Replies: 10
Views: 743

Re: Another chicken question....

Annpan, you need an automatic door! I really battled with this as they are not cheap (£87) but my god it is worth it for the lie ins! Having kept chooks before this was the major thing that put me off having them again - but with the door opener it is a walk in the park, the only downside being muck...
by bonniethomas06
Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:36 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: looking into getting chooks myself.I have a few questions
Replies: 14
Views: 2095

Re: looking into getting chooks myself.I have a few questions

Hi, For rescue chooks go to the Battery Hen Welfare Trust (www.bhwt.org.uk). I am a rescue co-ordinator in the Bristol area - not sure where you are but we have them all over the country so there will be one nearby. There is usually a waiting list of about a month - you can register on the website. ...
by bonniethomas06
Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:09 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Help!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1832

Re: Help!!!

Gosh, I have been cleaning out mine twice a week and I only have 4 - maybe I can relax a bit! I guess they perch so they are not sitting in their poo overnight, but then they tend to do it alot in the nesting boxes - do you clear these out more than the run? My house is really small though (about 1....
by bonniethomas06
Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:48 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Self Sufficientish Weddings
Replies: 43
Views: 7249

Re: Self Sufficientish Weddings

Wow, these all seem fantastic. I could do with a groom really! :wink: I had a friend who had a huge bunch of sweet peas for her boquet, they are really easy to grow in bulk and look stunning - she paid £45 for hers but I am sure you could do the same for the price of a packet of seeds and they don't...
by bonniethomas06
Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:18 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Mucky hen bottoms
Replies: 20
Views: 2252

Re: Mucky hen bottoms

Sudocream is what you put on babies bottoms when they have nappy rash! But it did the trick!
by bonniethomas06
Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:54 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: What treats to feed to chickens
Replies: 10
Views: 1293

Re: What treats to feed to chickens

Someone told me they like Marmite on toast and the B vitamins are really good for them.

Thinking about it though, that was on the day I picked them up..which was 1st April! :scratch: Will have to test this out when I get home now...
by bonniethomas06
Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:50 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Mucky hen bottoms
Replies: 20
Views: 2252

Re: Mucky hen bottoms

Hi MMM, I have done just that in the past - with Chooks, not ducks - dunked the offending bottom in a bowl of warm water and got off as much as poss - then finished with a blow dry (on low heat) to finish - with a bit of Sudocream rubbed on the bare bits which were all chapped. Can't you tackle the ...
by bonniethomas06
Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:37 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: HAPPY HEN DAY ANNPAN!
Replies: 11
Views: 1220

HAPPY HEN DAY ANNPAN!

HAPPY HEN DAY ANNPAN!!

(it was today, wasn't it?)

Let us know how your new chooks settle in - hope you are eating omlette by tea time!

:cheers: :cheers: :mrgreen: :flower: :cheers: :cheers:
by bonniethomas06
Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Mushrooooooms
Replies: 2
Views: 525

Mushrooooooms

Hi, I have just bought an 'Unwins' mushroom kit - does anyone have any experience of this that they could share? I have never done this before - was keen to try the dowels that you slot in to holes in logs, but have been put off as I have heard so many bad reviews :study: - plus I don't have any dec...
by bonniethomas06
Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:51 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Why are my chooks still plucking their feathers......
Replies: 3
Views: 576

Re: Why are my chooks still plucking their feathers......

Sorry MEW, just re-read and realised that they already have space and have been with you for ages. I am stumped then! Is the red bottom definately due to plucking or to some other skin complaint? Good luck, hope someone else can help. At least you know they are definately happier than when they were...
by bonniethomas06
Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Why are my chooks still plucking their feathers......
Replies: 3
Views: 576

Re: Why are my chooks still plucking their feathers......

Hi, Don't worry - I have had rescue hens before and mine did this too. I noticed that a couple had plucked feathers (more blood) but lots of the marks were from simple peck marks. It seems to me that they just cannot resist the temptation to peck bare flesh! (Which the poor old exbatts have in abund...
by bonniethomas06
Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:57 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chicken Coop Fencing
Replies: 17
Views: 5090

Re: Chicken Coop Fencing

Hi folks, Thanks for all of your suggestions - I appreciate what you say about foxes, however I have kept chooks in this garden before without any problems at all - I used to just use chicken wire with some bamboo canes but this was a) unsightly and b) totally ineffective - plus I got fed up with ha...